Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day February 6, 2012

Pakistan secure series whitewash

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Pakistan 99 (Broad 4-36) and 365 (Azhar 157, Panesar 5-124) beat England 141 (Strauss 56, Rehman 5-40) and 252 (Prior 49*, Gul 4-61, Ajmal 4-67) by 71 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Pakistan duly completed their first clean sweep against England in a Test series, an extraordinary achievement for a side with no home to call its own, a side that lives out of a suitcase and does it rather well. Along with the socks and the toothpaste they certainly unpacked quite a shock for the No. 1 ranked side.

Twice in a few months, the leading Test side in the world has been found wanting. India were whitewashed in England last summer and now England have suffered a similar humiliation. Test cricket in Asia, described by England's captain, Andrew Strauss, as "the final frontier," has proved as unconquerable as ever.

The sunny disposition of Saeed Ajmal, the Man of the Series, and the stiff-limbed tenacity of Abdur Rehman tormented England to the end. They shared 43 wickets between them in a three-Test series and England barely played a shot in anger. Even after dismissing Pakistan for 99 in their first innings, they could not summon either the method or confidence to prevail. Only when the game was as good as lost did Matt Prior, who has looked likelier than most throughout the series, play with gusto in making an unbeaten 49.

There was plentiful spin for Pakistan's spinners, not quick turn but leaping turn at times when the ball struck the rough. Fittingly, the match finished on an lbw referral as Monty Panesar swept at Rehman, only to find that his retro scoop bat had no magical qualities. DRS upheld the umpire's decision and the all-time record of 43 lbw decisions in a series was equalled.

Until then, Rehman had counted Strauss as his sole success as he bowled unchanged for two sessions, 30 overs sent down with unerring accuracy. He is the sort of spin bowler who looks slightly weary from the outset, but never noticeably tires after that.

The emphasis has been upon spin, but Umar Gul reminded England that the quicker bowlers carried their own threat. His four wickets set the course of the Test unquestionably towards Pakistan. Ian Bell averaged more than 100 last summer, less than 10 in this series and when he slapped a long hop wide of point it summed up his state of mind. Reverse swing accounted for Eoin Morgan, whose dance down the pitch was nothing compared to the merry jig from the wicketkeeper Adnan Akmal, after he had caught it. If Pakistan had doubts about taking the new ball, Gul allayed them as Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann risked all-out attack and got out almost immediately.

Cook had put up statuesque resistance, 187 balls for 49. Along the way he became the second youngest person, at 27 years and 43 days, to reach 6,000 Test runs. Only Sachin Tendulkar has reached the landmark at a younger age. His most attacking shot of the morning, a loft into the leg side against Rehman, caused the bowler to taunt him with applause. He lived on scraps, combating the turning ball with thoughtful defence and numerous works to the leg side and that proved his undoing as a leading edge was brilliantly held by Younis Khan, diving to his left at first slip.

England, 36 runs banked the previous evening, needed a further 288 at start of play. Strauss fell in the sixth over of the morning, lbw on the back foot once more. He reviewed it, although he would have been better advised to head smartly for the dressing room. When it comes to captain's reviews Strauss cannot match Misbah-ul-Haq. Misbah was lbw on five occasions in this series and took a review every time. It must be a captain's prerogative.

Without lapses in the field, Pakistan might have won sooner. They had dropped Cook the previous evening, a relatively simple chance to Taufeeq Umar at third slip and Gul's drop in the shadows of the stand at deep square gave him another reprieve as Pakistan lost the efficiency that has characterised their cricket throughout this series. Rehman made his frustration clear when he caught Jonathan Trott at deep square and flung the ball into the turf with feeling at the errors that had gone before.

Kevin Pietersen was bent upon playing enterprisingly. The first ball of the afternoon provided a reminder of his vulnerability when a bat-pad against Rehman flew high past short leg, but he had the fleeting satisfaction of striking him straight for six before Ajmal, from around the wicket, spun one through the gate and beamed at further bounty.

Adnan Akmal's fumble behind the stumps to reprieve Strauss, although not costly as the England captain was out in the next over, was the worst miss of all. Adnan has had a good series behind the stumps and has the opportunity to be Pakistan's first-choice keeper for many years to come but his excitable chatter was at times counterproductive. Strauss' edge flew to him at comfortable height but he put it down. For a few minutes he was quiet and you could hear your ears ringing.

Adnan's cacophony of cries often rent the air for inexplicable reasons. As do parrots, Adnan vocalises for many reasons. He may be excitedly greeting the day or summoning his family at sunset. He may be screeching when he is excited or when he is merely trying it on. He may screech when he thinks things have got too quiet or when he thinks it is his duty to scream. He just likes screeching. At one point he burst out coughing as if in sore need of a lozenge and Trott looked at him in deadpan fashion.

Adnan is also incorrigibly optimistic about reviewing umpiring decisions. "Do it, do it, yes, yes, all good," you could sense him saying from first moment to last. Misbah learned not to take his evidence into consideration and looked askance at him. He will not be looking askance tonight - every Pakistan player will share Adnan's excitement.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @ karthik_raja - Yes I remember your big words from a while ago. I believe you're an Indian fan right? Quite funny how you've waited so long - til the end of the series when the result was safe and secure to start ranting again in that text dialogue.Just wondering if you will stay posting on the England threads until the end of the SL series when we will all know whether it was purely the conditions that defeated us or a combo of the conditions and the best Asian team which beat us

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Re the excuses. I'm actually really annoyed with Flower saying Eng didn't prepare properly. There was an article saying that Eng had set up a training camp in India before this tour. Strauss - to be fair - has NOT said the prep was insufficient. Maybe the prep wasn't correct and they worked too much on the physical side of it and not enough on the technical side. Maybe Pakistan just had England's number. Maybe Eng will be found wanting in India and SL. Regardless , I think if there are prep reasons Flower should keep it behind closed doors as it seems like it's trying take the glory away from Pakistan.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @KKSid on (February 06 2012, 22:02 PM GMT) Fair play to you for your foresight. However re the openers , in the 1st test I think they put on quite a decent stand which possibly set the tone for the series and I'd still say that Broad and Anderson are (along with the SA's) the beat new ball pace attack in the world . Re the pace of the batsmen , Ali might not have scored that big 100 had he tried to up the run rate. A big criticism of Pak in the past was that they'd give their wickets away by being a little kamikaze . Re bowling and fast pitches - I',m not sure. It's probably more of an unknown so time will tell. Things look pretty rosy for your guys from where I stand…

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @darsh127 on (February 06 2012, 20:48 PM GMT) I think you'll find Pakistan achieved the win for themselves. I've not seen one comment from one postee or one player who has dedicated the great series win to India

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @NaniIndCri on (February 06 2012, 18:16 PM GMT) I think you'll find that the ICC ranking points reflect who you played and where you played the team on top of the result. I believe that Pak got something like 7 points from this 3 match series win whereas SA will get significantly less for beating NZ 3-0. I don't know the exact ranking points system but I'm sure we would not have got so many ranking points for winning the last Ashes had it been in England and likewise if we had beaten NZ or WI 4-0 at home we'd not have got so many ranking points as we did for beating India. If we (Eng) beat SL we get a paltry amount of points whereas the winners of the SA/Eng series will more than likely score well.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @ thenewrocknrolla on (February 07 2012, 14:55 PM GMT) Whoaa ! A bit aggressive there. 1,I feel that even on one's own threads its tasteless/ classless to gloat and snipe at other teams fans regardless of which country you are from.We've very few Pak fans who have behaved in this manner which has led to a decent rapport between the 2 sets of fans.If folk from elsewhere go out of their way to come on to our threads purely to gloat/stir/snipe then that is IMO out of order and bad behaviour.Even in my responses where I have compared the 2 nations they have been directed at the postee who posted sniping trash on this thread in the 1st place and all content was factual.I never once posted anything of such content on Indian threads during the Oz series and it would have been so easy to do so. 2 If you have read my posts throughout the series I have continually slated our batsmen PLEASE PUBLISH

  • playitstraight on February 8, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Even before this series started, I had predicted that Pakistan would win 3-0. My prediction was correct, and England helped. I thought they would at least win the second Test but they collapsed to 72 all out. I am already dreaming when England come to India this year..... I can smell a whitewash!!!

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on February 8, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    England can remain No 1 this year , they have ashes and south africa tour i guess , alongside sri lanka and india on the list... i hope so... they wil perform. Pakistan has to work harder now.. Good luck to both of them.. from pakistan.

  • SuperSharky on February 8, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Did the English thought that because they were number one, they were going for a holiday in Dubai ??? They should have practised in Cricket Camps way harder than they prepare for The Ashes. But no-matter what the unprepared English excuses are, that won't be remembered, but what will be remembered is that since the time before Imran Khan, thru the times of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, and now Umar Gul & co, will always be remembered as devastating bowlers. Pakistan are always up there with the worlds top bowling & fielding sides. They can get 20 wickets in a match and they can white-wash a team in a series, even if that team were the world's number one.

  • karthik_raja on February 8, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    It again proves my point.. Any team will fail miserably the moment they step out of their comfort zone.. Thr is no world beaters in current situation.. Atleast now, all my Eng frnds will settle down and v can all njoy the game instead of pulling other teams down..

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @ karthik_raja - Yes I remember your big words from a while ago. I believe you're an Indian fan right? Quite funny how you've waited so long - til the end of the series when the result was safe and secure to start ranting again in that text dialogue.Just wondering if you will stay posting on the England threads until the end of the SL series when we will all know whether it was purely the conditions that defeated us or a combo of the conditions and the best Asian team which beat us

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Re the excuses. I'm actually really annoyed with Flower saying Eng didn't prepare properly. There was an article saying that Eng had set up a training camp in India before this tour. Strauss - to be fair - has NOT said the prep was insufficient. Maybe the prep wasn't correct and they worked too much on the physical side of it and not enough on the technical side. Maybe Pakistan just had England's number. Maybe Eng will be found wanting in India and SL. Regardless , I think if there are prep reasons Flower should keep it behind closed doors as it seems like it's trying take the glory away from Pakistan.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @KKSid on (February 06 2012, 22:02 PM GMT) Fair play to you for your foresight. However re the openers , in the 1st test I think they put on quite a decent stand which possibly set the tone for the series and I'd still say that Broad and Anderson are (along with the SA's) the beat new ball pace attack in the world . Re the pace of the batsmen , Ali might not have scored that big 100 had he tried to up the run rate. A big criticism of Pak in the past was that they'd give their wickets away by being a little kamikaze . Re bowling and fast pitches - I',m not sure. It's probably more of an unknown so time will tell. Things look pretty rosy for your guys from where I stand…

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @darsh127 on (February 06 2012, 20:48 PM GMT) I think you'll find Pakistan achieved the win for themselves. I've not seen one comment from one postee or one player who has dedicated the great series win to India

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    @NaniIndCri on (February 06 2012, 18:16 PM GMT) I think you'll find that the ICC ranking points reflect who you played and where you played the team on top of the result. I believe that Pak got something like 7 points from this 3 match series win whereas SA will get significantly less for beating NZ 3-0. I don't know the exact ranking points system but I'm sure we would not have got so many ranking points for winning the last Ashes had it been in England and likewise if we had beaten NZ or WI 4-0 at home we'd not have got so many ranking points as we did for beating India. If we (Eng) beat SL we get a paltry amount of points whereas the winners of the SA/Eng series will more than likely score well.

  • JG2704 on February 9, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @ thenewrocknrolla on (February 07 2012, 14:55 PM GMT) Whoaa ! A bit aggressive there. 1,I feel that even on one's own threads its tasteless/ classless to gloat and snipe at other teams fans regardless of which country you are from.We've very few Pak fans who have behaved in this manner which has led to a decent rapport between the 2 sets of fans.If folk from elsewhere go out of their way to come on to our threads purely to gloat/stir/snipe then that is IMO out of order and bad behaviour.Even in my responses where I have compared the 2 nations they have been directed at the postee who posted sniping trash on this thread in the 1st place and all content was factual.I never once posted anything of such content on Indian threads during the Oz series and it would have been so easy to do so. 2 If you have read my posts throughout the series I have continually slated our batsmen PLEASE PUBLISH

  • playitstraight on February 8, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    Even before this series started, I had predicted that Pakistan would win 3-0. My prediction was correct, and England helped. I thought they would at least win the second Test but they collapsed to 72 all out. I am already dreaming when England come to India this year..... I can smell a whitewash!!!

  • iMPARTIAL.PAK on February 8, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    England can remain No 1 this year , they have ashes and south africa tour i guess , alongside sri lanka and india on the list... i hope so... they wil perform. Pakistan has to work harder now.. Good luck to both of them.. from pakistan.

  • SuperSharky on February 8, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    Did the English thought that because they were number one, they were going for a holiday in Dubai ??? They should have practised in Cricket Camps way harder than they prepare for The Ashes. But no-matter what the unprepared English excuses are, that won't be remembered, but what will be remembered is that since the time before Imran Khan, thru the times of Waqar Younis and Wasim Akram, and now Umar Gul & co, will always be remembered as devastating bowlers. Pakistan are always up there with the worlds top bowling & fielding sides. They can get 20 wickets in a match and they can white-wash a team in a series, even if that team were the world's number one.

  • karthik_raja on February 8, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    It again proves my point.. Any team will fail miserably the moment they step out of their comfort zone.. Thr is no world beaters in current situation.. Atleast now, all my Eng frnds will settle down and v can all njoy the game instead of pulling other teams down..

  • karthik_raja on February 8, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    I hv told this many times b4.. And I will repeat it again.. Eng r definitely a good Test side.. Bt, not as good as they seemed to b in helpful(non-spinning) conditions.. Pak showed lot of spirit here.. At least, they r not gloating as almost every English did till the start of this series.. Well played Pak bros.. Now, its upto SL and thn India to show Eng their deserving place in Test cricket.. @JG2704.. R u listening..?? Hope u rem these words frm me during Ind-Eng series.. And ofcourse ur sarcastic reply.. lol..

  • rashidhussain on February 8, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    what really irks me is how England constantly bang on about not being ready for the series and that is why they lost. In contrast when teams come to England in May and are blown away by the swing of the likes of Hoggard in the past and Anderson now, it is nothing but praise for the wonderful English. When Pakistan went to England in 2001 they had hardly any preparation and were on the receiving end of a first test defeat. They recovered however to record a memorable win in the 2nd Old Trafford test. They werent ready, but didnt complain and just got on with the Job in Hand. Stop always moaning England - the score reads 3-0 = Destroyed!

  • Shazia_Javed on February 7, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    Credit to some special talent that Pakistan showed on the field. Regarding Mohsin Khan as coach... I felt that media is putting him bit too high. One should not forget that Pakistan fielding was almost going to cost another match in last innings... secondly, batting was a worry for Pakistan batsmen (even that they won, but against some diffent pitches and different team it will be more difficult). Fielding was almost as fragile as ever in last innings and was going to cost another match. Being a coach, he should had particularly worked on these areas... it was Waqar that built this team not Mohsin. I would not agree Mohsin to be Pakistan coach... else, it will be again 'politics'

  • Nish_US on February 7, 2012, 21:04 GMT

    Question to all cricket fans...England in particular...

    How long do you think Eng will keep the No.1 spot in test cricket?

  • screamingeagle on February 7, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Nice stuff, just goes to show how hollow the English team is when playing outside UK. Wonder how long that No.1 (deserving, I am told) ranking would stay with them.

  • wwechampsaad on February 7, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    pakistan win against the number one test team in the world shame you England

  • kristee on February 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    Sides with great fast bowlers are going to rule cricket world: history tells. That's why spin backed victories are less appreciated world-wide. And Pak would badly need bowlers like Aamer in the future. I still feel Oz would, in all probability, reemerge at the top, if their quickies are not prone to too much injury.

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    Well ! As a pakistani fan I admire England greatly!! They are a great side irrespective of their whitewash in this series. They beat australia in australia 3-1 which is the most difficult thing to do for any team. Australia didn't got such thrashing from the days of west indies. That is how one sided that ashes 2010-11 was. I agree that England need to play better against spin but they have a great bowling attack and can demolish any side in the world. I am sure that they will bounce back and beat India in India this year! I also respect all the english commentators on this thread who are posting logical, sensible and constructive comments.

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @RandyOZ Dream on dude. Aus haven't won in India, have they? They have tasted terrible defeats in Ind last 2 occasions. They are far from being no.1. Your so-called back in form Ponting is found wanting in dusty bowls of sub-continent. If India were never considered a true no. 1, I don't see a reason why Aus should be given the title on silver platter. Especially after their deplorable Ashes and Nz home series debacle. Prove yourself in India and we will see. Till then, live in your La La Land. :)

  • on February 7, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    congrats pak team,but it does ,not matter , as these are the spinning conditions, so favorable for pak, team , it wou'd have been remarkable ,if this win had been achieved in aus or england against these teams , and forget about that dream, as this team misbha in which every player is playing defensively ,it would not work in ,aus or in sa ,misbha and these present players will be total fai'ure their , as pak have never won series in sa or in aus ,even during the tenure of great great inzy , which includes the players likr great yousf , lightining s.akthar , and this misbha team is no were near that , i gurantee you pak fans ,as soon they wil' come out of these spin friendly conditions,they will be demolished, i would not like that but it is fact , [MASZH kashmir].

  • steve19191 on February 7, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    At last the cheating chucking ajmal comes clean.....23 degrees = a chucker end of

  • rashidhussain on February 7, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    thats now 15 Pakistani Test Victories to Englands 11 in all contests between these two teams in the last 30 years. GO TEAM PAK!

  • reality_check on February 7, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    Right on the cue after 3-0 whitewash, here comes the subtle excuse and the blame http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/current/story/552462.html. MR. DOBELL... ENGLISH BATSMEN WOULD HAVE SCORED LOT MORE RUNS IF THEY WERE WATCHING AJMAL'S FINGERS AND WRIST INSTEAD OF HIS ELBOW.

  • jeetkaigeo on February 7, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Congratulations to Team Pakistan for such a wonderful performance.... 3-0 margin is by itself is a hugh victory and against England (World number # 1) is like a icing on the cake...Thanks to Indian and SL fans who gave supported remarks to Pak Team. I would love to see if we'll make that victory margin 4-0 in upcomming ODI's. Our team is fully capable to achieve it. Inshallah.

  • jawadkazmi on February 7, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    Pakistan will produce more great bowlers seamers .. express pace bowlers... though it hurts me a lot but there shouldnt be any space for cheats like M Amir in Pakistan squad... Ramiz Raja said it right... what would happen with the dressing room balance and would he be welcomed back?... what would the silly media of the whole cricket playin world would say...??... teams would just vent on him being included and Pakistan's whole attension would be on answering that.. is it worth it???... to hell with cheats... this kid was such a talent and none of the PCB idiot managers made sure tht he stayed clean and safe from moraly low and disgusting players... guys who sell out matches and country's pride

  • jawadkazmi on February 7, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    All Media can pick on at the moment is venting and moaning on Saeed Ajmal... he cannot speak English... well so interpret whtever you want to... I never like to belittle any team but media in this whole world is just absurd. Saeed Ajmal does not need to give any interview to anyone... he is a nice person and thinks others are like him.. but no sir... English media and mr Bob you can go file a complaint with ICC on Ajmal's action by all means... till then and the ICC regulatory authority's answer just eat your own words.. its not the English team that needs criticism its you guys who give hype to undercooked teams and players.. like Pakistani stupid media is doing now. 3-0 hell yea.... lick your wounds

  • thenewrocknrolla on February 7, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    @JG2704, Yeah right you have been so wonderfully constructive in your previous comments!! Forgive us for our ignorance and not being immature enough to compare two loosing sides. Being so imbecile it still is full of English arrogance/pride where you failed to acknowledge the fact that none of your batsmen scored a century in the entire series and for gods sake they got y'all out for 72 !! way to go!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Firstly congratulations to Pakistan nice to see them working so well as a team and they richly deserved to win. On a more controversial subject I think the whole thing about the bent arm when bowling needs to be consistent it is either allowed or it isn't. Sajeed Ajmal has a huge amount of skill but Maurice Holmes a young english spinner it seems is now unable to bowl his doosra, I think it is virtually impossible to bowl it without the arm being bent to be honest all I want is consistency either everyobne can do it or noone can. England can take some pluses from the series Monty did superbly in his comeback and the England attack as a whole bowled well.

  • csowmi7 on February 7, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Dunno why whenever Pakistan does well they need to compare with India. Imran Khan the other day goes around gloating that Pakistan are way superior to India. At the moment India really should not be the benchmark. No Indian great made comments about pakistan cricket when we became number 1 in the world. The Indian reign at the top atleast lasted longer than England 2 yrs. Yes we were never dominant but we were resilient. England gonna come toppling down. That being said great job Pakistan and I wish they continue to play excellent cricket like this.

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    The reason everybody is criticizing England because everybody was considering them the favourites. But unfortunately the dice is rolled the other way. Pakistani team is the most unpredictable team in the world. They lack consistency and the reason behind it is the infrastructure of domestic cricket and involvement of politics. Here in Pakistan the Patron in chief is the STUPID Pakistani president who nominates the Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman, and I doubt that President may have ever played even Gulli Danda during his childhood. The only good thing happened during this tour was that the new chairman didn't shuffle anything. He is doing is job excellently by not interfering in anybody else work. He is just backing up everybody, the selectors, the coach, the captain and the team. He is driving them by giving them confidence and Pakistan team started to show results.

  • zico123 on February 7, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    tremendous achievement !!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    congragtas to pakistani team.......

  • Long-Leg on February 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    In 2009 we played Australia and won. In 2010/11 we played Australia and won. What the hell are England doing in the UAE when we could be playing Australia and winning again?

  • on February 7, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    there is no big deal really, this is not a that good win, even bangladesh spinners can beat england if they had some batters to back their bowlers, England will never win in sub cont, they may win in india coz india now minnows

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. It is very comprehensive victory and certainly a moral booster.

    On other hand English commentators have also avoided the desire to indulge in hyperbolic. Nobody has cried out for funeral of an age or seen signs of impending dooms day. Criticism has been measured and objective.

  • Secunderabadi on February 7, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Well done Pakisthan. Congratulations! on behalf of all those Indians enjoying this victory over England.

  • Imad_K on February 7, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Excellent victory for Pakistan. However, Pakistan still shouldn't get carried away. It more than just about winning a series or test match because of say someone like S Ajmal, M Amir have devastated the opposition. The key has been S Ajmal without a doubt in this series and the problem Eng have had against spin bowling. The issue with Pakistan is not their bowling but their batting, which has been the case for the last 10/15 years. Could Pakistan have lost this series 2-1? Pakistan need to perform better when batting - they just can't keep relying on a couple guys to score and when they do score they need to ensure they don't give their wickets away. Not sure how people like A Akmal will perform on quicker wickets and to be honest the whole team on quicker bouncier tracks. The batting department does really need to improve and be more consistent.

  • charlesandrewbudge on February 7, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Some awful posting going on here, although I've noticed Pakistani supporters have been rather humble in victory, whereas most of the obnoxious gloating has come from Indian supporters and a particular Australian. Despite the scoreline I don't feel the series has been a complete disaster for England; the bowling has remained tight and disciplined and Panesar's return to the international fold has been a triumph. It's a shame that the same can't be said for the batting, which has been nothing short of abysmal. England's top order looked woefully inept against the talents of Rehman and Ajmal, and some of the shot selection has been mind-boggling. Having said that, I think it's too early to be calling for the heads of Bell, Pietersen et al, although Morgan would benefit from being sent back to Middlesex to get some proper cricket under his belt. An excellent performance from a reinvigorated Pakistani side, though. It's great to see them playing the cricket we all know they're capable of.

  • AmmarAshraf on February 7, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Writer should have discussed about match rather than vocal abilities of Adnan Akmal. Sorry but bizarre report. I know its hard to write this report for an Englishmen. Cricinfo should ask other reporter to do reporting.

  • wrenx on February 7, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Just goes to show that Pakistan ought not to be concerned with chasing a #1 ranking. India, and now England, have demonstrated how vacuous the top ranking is. Sitting at the top of the table does not confer respect. Playing competitive cricket and winning around the world confers respect, and this is what Pakistan should aim for. The whole cricketing world told England that their ascendancy was based on home victories against declining sides, yet they wouldn't hear of it. This whitewash just confirms what everyone else already knew. The ODI rankings are a perfect example; Australia are way out in front, and will remain so for a long time, regardless of results, though they are far from the best ODI side. England should have avoided boasting of a ranking was hollow from the start. And Pakistan should avoid making a big deal of wanting to move up the table. They should concentrate on beating England in England, Australia in Australia, and India wherever they have the courage to face Pak

  • kazimusman on February 7, 2012, 13:30 GMT

    After reading lots of comments here I must say It was very Exciting series to watch, Especially 2nd and 3rd test match. England was not outclassed by pakistan by any means expect the 1st test match. there were lots of twist in the series which makes it even more competitive. I think its just the extra-ordinary will to win of pakistan team which makes difference. Look at the 2nd test they(england) completely dominated the match in first 4 5 sessions and suddenly something happened that was not common in general....In the end Well played England, and team pakistan you were just amaizing to watch.....

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    I see that a lot of people are saying england doesn't deserve to be #1. No team has an inherent right to be #1, I have some issues with the ranking system but the fact is if a team plays well over a period of time they can get to #1, it doesn't mean they are destined to stay there forever. The way I see it since Aus decline there are 5-6 teams now that have a realistic chance to get to #1 in the next few years however none of those teams I think is perfect and they each have one weakness or another, SA is probably the strongest on paper but they have a habit of not winning consistently. This is a good thing in my mind as we should have competitive test cricket and even though england lost all games they were definitely very competitive and could have easily won 1 if not 2 test matches. At the end of the day england played good cricket but Pakistan was slightly better, there is no shame in that for any team...

  • Cricfan27 on February 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Congratulation my love Paokistan!!! These are the one of the happiest moments of my life....

  • on February 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    Really impressive performance by my team especially with the bat in the 2nd innings .Still we need to improve our fielding we need a batting allrounder and keeper who can bat .When we ll overcome those problems then i guess we will march towards no. 1 spot with ease as talent is immense in our country .We also need home matches as soon as possible .Best of luck to team Eng on their SL tour .They will fare well there as none of other asian teams have saeed ajmal abdurrehman & umar gul caliber bowlers.

  • khuramrafiq on February 7, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    It s been proved, how UAE has became the deadly neutral venue for " Cricket Contenders" against Pakistan. There is a need to change a Cricket Policy for Pakistan, if you (teams) wants to retain a better position at ICC Ranking...

  • KhalidKhan.Jeddah.Arabia on February 7, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    MUHAMMAD AAMIR HAS INDEED GOT THE PUNISHMENT FOR HIS MISTAKE.HE IS TO BE FORGIVEN.HE'LL BE A HUGE EXAMPLE FOR THE YOUNGSTERS IF HE COMES BACK TO THE NATIONAL COLORS, THEY'LL LEARN THE CLEAR CONCEPT OF MAKING MISTAKES & GETTING APPROPRIATE PUNISHMENTS. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO HARM TO BRING HIM BACK TO TEAM PAKISTAN ONCE HE SERVES THE BAN. HE HAS BEEN A VERY RARE TALENT & ONE INSIGNIFICANT MISTAKE DONE BY A TEENAGER MUST NOT RUIN THIS TALENT AT ALL.HE'LL BE A TREAT TO WATCH AGAIN WHEN GLOBAL BATSMEN WILL HOP ON HIS THUNDERBOLTS.HE WAS LURED INTO THIS MINOR MISTAKE BY SOME SEASONED CROOKS. THE PROFESSIONAL CHEATS SUCCEEDED IN CHEATING SOME TALENT OUT OF PAKISTANI CRICKET-FOLDS BUT NOW THEY'VE THEIR FINGERS VERY HARDLY CROSSED DUE TO THE INTEGRITY & GRIT SHOWN BY THE SAME DISINTEGRATED CRICKETERS AFTER THAT SPOT-FIXING SAGA. COME BACK AAMIR… WORLD CRICKET NEEDS YOU MORE THAN PAK.CRICKET TEAM…GOOD LUCK TO YOU…WE ALL WISH YOU WELL & WELCOME BACK SOON IN-SHA-ALLAH...KHALID UMAR KHAN…JEDDAH/KSA

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @cricketfan1999: Thats exactly what I meant, 1st innings of the test not the first innings by a team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    What Pak-Team have done, its unbelievable, simply incredible.....Its something which can only be done by a most Unpredictable team....on the other note, I must say England was and is No 1 test side as they have 6 players with test averages of more than 40, one more than 30, two more than 20. So its Pakistan's focused performance that have achieved this miracle. No matter, whose No 1, Pak-team just go for dignified cricket.

  • irfankiani on February 7, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    i think icc should remove home advantage and and order all countaries to make same pitches who assist both pace and spin bowlers. because there is no such taste for wining in home conditions as opposition blame the track after losing.

  • VJGS on February 7, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    The only reason England beat Australia almost 1 year ago was because Australia had just lost their most important players and were at their most vulnerable point. Any team would face that sort a hard time for at least 2-3 series. I'm sure even Team India would suffer IN INDIA if all their seniors left at the same time (I say Team India in India because no other team in the world are so good in home conditions and completely hopeless abroad).

  • IMRANINCI on February 7, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Well Done Team Pakistan u rocks!!!!!! The devastating bowling attack of Pakistan has ruined the strong as ever batting line up of England in such an impressive manner that they did not even got the chance to save the whitewash and the continuous humiliation was loved by every fan around the globe. Now best of luck by All Pakistanis from around the world for One Day & T20's hope you guys will again bring same results Inshallah Allah almighty blessed you all!!!!!!

  • ajaypathak on February 7, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Biggest slap on the face of Nasir Hussain & company

  • puneet_usa on February 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    IT IS PROVEN TO WORLD CRICKET NOW THAT " TEAMS WHO WANT TO CLAIM THEMSELVES WORLD BEATERS MUST LEARN HOW TO PLAY QUALITY SPIN" WELL DONE PAKISTAN FOR SHOWING THE ENGLISH TEAM WHERE THEY BELONG- AUSTRALIA AND SOUTH AFRICA SHOULD BE YOUR NEXT DESTINATION.....!!!! I WAS GETTING TIRED OF THESE AUSSSIE,SOUTH AFRICAN AND ENGLISH PLAYERS AND MEDIA BASHING ASIAN TEAMS FOR NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY SWINGING AND BOUNCY CONDITIONS....NOW WHAT THEY WILL SAY AFTER THIS WHITEWASH....ITS ALWAYS HARD TO ACEEPT THEIR OWN FAULTS...THEY HAVE A HABBIT OF BLAMING OTHERS.......!!!!

  • ajaypathak on February 7, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    ICC must give permission to Mohmand Aamir, he is a very fine player, what he done in past is just a mistake of a immature young player, he is a terrific fast bowler and any team in the world have love to him in their team. i also appeal to PCB that get right behind this fine young player and train him that he dont make mistake in future.

  • RandyOZ on February 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    England finally show their true form. Terrible cricketing nation for over 100 years, held up for a brief moment by a couple of imports. Now they are back down in the doldrums where they belong and Oz is back to number 1. Order has been restored!

  • Wexfordwonder on February 7, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Whatever happened to one swallow does not a summer make. England have learned, to their peril, that crowing about the number one ranking can be an emabarrasment. So Pak have beaten England on slow turning pitches. So what. Well played, to be sure, but what have theur proved? Pakistan are NOT world beaters yet. They may prove to be so in the future but they have only won one series in favourable conditions.

    England have been beaten in unfavourable conditions. No team in the world, at present, can truely claim to be number one in any other than a mathematical sense. South Africa stand a chance to overtake England if they win 3-0 against NZ. Even though I am an SA supporterI sayso what? Can SA win in the emirates? Can they beat India in India? Until they can and can do so regularly, nobody can claim the right to call themselves the best team in the world. Conversely, subcontinenet teams need to show they can win outside the subcontinent. Until then, the jury is OUT even using DRS.

  • on February 7, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    Hats off to TEAM PAKISTAN. I for one never expected them to win test series against England. The best I thought they might do is to be competitive and draw couple of test matches. They have definitely EXCEEDED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS by winning 3-0 against number 1 ranked team in the world. TEAM PAKISTAN is on the way up and Misbah recognises the weaknesses which need to be overcome for TEAM PAKISTAN to become a TOP TEAM. Congratulation to ALL Pakistanis throughout the world - I know this means a lot to my fellow Pakistanis.

  • RamboX1 on February 7, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    "Whatever the opposition you've still got to get used to the pitches and the conditions and that's exactly what we'll do," Geoff Millner pre-series interview 9 December - assuming that this is true then England were outplayed. "England batsmen have learned to play spin bowling. They can manage spin with good control," - Mushtaq Ahmend England's spin bowling coach December 16 - Perhaps they can - inference England were outplayed "We are aware it's a stiff challenge and we are also aware you need to have very different types of skills if you want to do well out there. You've got to be very fit and it comes at a good time. It's just what we need as a side but we are not underestimating the size of the challenge." - Strauss 3 January: Assuming that this is true then England were outplayed "We do have a lot of faith in our players and that faith has been justified over a long period of time," he said. "But we've obviously underperformed here badly. I've been surprised by how poorly we've

  • Sakul_Gupta on February 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Brilliant Article, Kamran bhai, Very well said. Yes, May these lessons learnt and rather these Grand lessons taught, as you so rightly outline, prevail on alls minds before they build fortresses for their personal protection when people are goind without electricity , without software engineering jobs, without a peaceful place to thrive. Though the 4th day of this test wasn't as enigmatic as the last day of the 2nd test, but none-the-less, yes it defines wha the whole can do, when individual brilliance is a bit out of form. Rehman bhai, was still brilliant, poor lad had 3 catches puffed, well taht's one for the improvement list. Ball to Pietersen by Saeed bhai was as engmatic as it could be, depicted by his breast thumping junoon. Ofcourse Younis bhai showed how it is done, rising to the occasion, and at a fast pace too. Maybe Misbah & Azar Ali, need to learn that instead of only blocking the ball can be with just little more effort be manevoured to the gaps for singles & twos That can

  • Aniltadimeti on February 7, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Misbah is proving to be an excellent leader.Ajmal looked unplayable.Younis still shows he is the best batsman in the team.Azhar Ali has a promising future.Congrats Pakistan.Hope we see good cricket from them in the future.

  • WildAmigo on February 7, 2012, 10:49 GMT

    Some of the comments are really amazing to c.. Before the series starts lot of comments about to d-grade Pakistan and UAE pitches. Most of them saying that huge pile of runs scored bla bla bla.. Its Exciting and Absorbing Cricket.

  • Meesum27 on February 7, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Tremendous victory for Pakistan.. simply amazing.. nothing to take away from Pakistan but still to be more consistent team, Pakistan need to look at negatives to improve especially in the fielding, batting and wicket keeping department. Needless to say fielding needs improvement, overall batting didn't work in the entire series except for Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq. Younis khan just clicked in one innings otherwise all of the series was a failure for him, he should show more responsibility. Also we need a more responsible wicket keeper who can help Captain in DRS reviews and should bat properly.

    Saeed Ajmal clearly showed his class and Abdul Rehman showed how he has improved his bowling.. it was more of a better bowling that made English batting collapse than poor batting from England.

    Congratulations to the entire nation on this big victory!

  • on February 7, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Congratulations Pak Team..... Green at its Best! David seems to be a Big fan of Adnan Akmal :=D

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    @Precioustar84 on (February 07 2012, 05:30 AM GMT) You're right Indian fans should be welcome on all threads. The thing is that so many comments from Indian postees have been purely of the gloating , sniping, (attempted) stirring or booing variety. To me this is poor etiquette. Besides a couple of Aus comedians , by and large we have not had this sort of content from other countries fans - even Pakistan who have just greenwasked us. Both your posts on this thread just confirm what I'm saying - neither is talking about the match at all -just sniping at England fans and ESPN writers. I sometimes go on Indian threads and post my views but even when I criticise India , I put constructive nature in my comms. Please publish ESPN

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    @Precioustar84 on (February 06 2012, 20:09 PM GMT) / G.Sri on (February 06 2012, 18:01 PM GMT) re your comms on article headline bias .Well the only test which England were convincingly beaten in was the 1st test where the headline was "Pakistan spin England into debacle" The other 2 tests were by victories of 71 and 72 runs. When India (cos let's be honest you don't really care about SL or Pak) were beaten in both England and Australia (and I don't know what the headlines were) , 4 of the matches were won by an innings. VS Eng the CLOSEST India got was 196 runs. Slightly different me thinks

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @Purple-Patch on (February 06 2012, 19:31 PM GMT) - Respect returned sir @Posted by on (February 06 2012, 15:33 PM GMT respect returned. After all your troubles from 2010 and having to relocate , Pakistan deserve big credit.

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @luck002 on (February 06 2012, 16:54 PM GMT) What series have you been watching? The 1st test was a thrashing no doubt. In both the 2nd and 3rd tests Eng had a 1st inns lead. Pakistan then came on strongly with the ball (comb with our shoddy batting) in the 2nd inns of the 2nd test and Pakistan's batsmen - messers Ali and Y Khan - in the 3rd test. There were plenty of twists and turns in a highly competitive series.

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    @jackiethepen on (February 06 2012, 17:26 PM GMT) - To be fair I don't think Flower seeks publicity. However I really wish someone had queried either Strauss,Flower or Geoff Miller as to why the batting line up wasn't changed at all in a 3 match series - whether it be Ravi (which I'd have considered a sideways step) or bringing in Finn to bolster the bowling further.

  • JG2704 on February 7, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    @G.Sri on (February 06 2012, 18:04 PM GMT) Personally I'd be more embarrassed about losing 8 test matches (2 series whitewashes - or should that be a bluewash and a goldwash) with 4 by an innings , but I guess we all see things differently.

  • brusselslion on February 7, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Thanks to all our Indian and Aussie friends for taking the trouble to visit this thread and share your concerns for England's plitch. Just a few observations on your recent little encounter.

    Indian supporters, it's great that you decided to integrate yourselves into Aussie culture by impersonating emus but when you remove your collective heads from the sand, you will find that your team is now on current form no higher than 5th, arguably 7th (!!), in the world and still heading down. Maybe face up to your own problems first before gloating about others? Just an idea?

    Aussie supporters: Well down. You haven't beaten much but you can only beat what's put in front of you. Sterner tests (sic) await: Sri Lanka next & Ireland in the summer. Have Siddle & Hilf really improved that much in a year or is the opposition that bad? Probably the latter.

  • Saleem07 on February 7, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    ever since removal of the match fixers from Pakistan team. the team is doing well. Congrats to team PAKISTAN

  • brusselslion on February 7, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    Well done Pakistan and (generally) well done to their supporters who have largely refrained from gloating.

    As @badger... says no point pretending that this was anything other than a major disappointment. Perhaps, the first thing to do is to admit that we have a problem against top class spin (and KP a problem against left arm in particular).

    Solutions? Perhaps, more county cricket for the team; there are some top class performers playing. More radical (and OK very, very unlikely) uncovered pitches.

  • Paki5stan_4_lif3 on February 7, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    This was payback for what England did to us last summer and also a favour for our neighbours India. England has been outplayed in all departments and will never be as good as Australia and now Pakistan. Back to the drawing board England and co, but I can't see them recovering from being humiliated and destroyed.

  • Jonny888 on February 7, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    Right, my turn to rant now. England will always lose on turning pitches until they learn to take spinners seriously. The accusation that PAK played on prepared turning wickets is laughable when we consider that not only do England prepare home green pace wickets, but they invite sub-continent teams to England in May when the outside temperature struggles to rise to 12C. England's problems mostly stem from a macho desire to emulate the West Indies bowling attack of the 1970s. They can never forget that, and to England the only way to win a test match is short pitched fast bowling, even though time after time they have been shown that it rarely works. A spinner in England is treated as a joke "hey lads the spinner's coming on - get ready for a slog" is not the way to go sadly, but the England set up can never learn. Yes, Monty Panesar was excellent against Pakistan, but will he be picked this summer? No. Why? Because we want a 4 man pace attack ad infinitum. Blind leading the blind.

  • dr.mehraj on February 7, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    congratulations to pakistan team!! they have done it...

  • Arjun_CB on February 7, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    Ha ha ha ... What Happened to Over rated " ENG" Team?? In Cricket please start to learn how to face quality spin bowlers in Sub condinental pitches...

    Pakistan.. what a fantastic perfomace... Hats off to PAK team despite the latest tragedies..... you showed the spirit.... way to go..........

  • shooting on February 7, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Im a proud Kiwi cricket fan but I must say Congratulations to Pakistan for their series win, and I wish you all the best in the future. The people of Pakistan must be very proud.

  • sean187 on February 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Now who is lion at home and lamb abroad....the bottomline is that all good teams mostly win test matches at home and once in a while draw and win test series abroad..so never take credit away from a test side that wins test matches at home...well played pakistan (UAE is your second home)!!!!.Truly great test sides are exceptions to this eg. west indies of 7o's and aus of 90's and 2000's....now english side may complain that the pitches in UAE were slow, low and spinner friendly..yes they were...but why do they wanna make the perception that fast and bouncy pitches are fair and slow turning pitches are boring and not fair..to be the a number 1 side you need to win in all conditions and pitches. Different pitches need different talent to come out as a winner....like the AUSSIES and the English say "You need stomach and guts to play on fast seaming wickets, similarly you need intelligence and brains to win on spinner friendly pitches...you wanna be no. 1 test side...win in subcontinent

  • Mujji_28 on February 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Congrats to Great team...... Since 2011 they remain unbeaten uptil now in Test series. Their winning trend started from NewZealand where they won series by 1-0, then drawing the series with West Indies 1-1 in Westindies. Then they beat Zimbabwe in Zimbabwe followed by defeating Srilanka with the margin of 1-0, defeating Bangladesh in Bangladesh by 2-0 margin and now England. Nobody can say that they are flat track bullies. They have even defeated England in England but lost the series by 3-1, and even defeated Australia in England seaming condition to level the series 1-1. They have proved everywhere that they are the team that can win matches on any soil. Their batting looks a bit fragile but still they can beat any team on their day. Hats off to Pakistan team.

  • Hold_the_line on February 7, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Congratulations to the Pakistan team, fantastic effort and skill, especially after the issues the team has faced the last 2 years - what a response. Every Pakistan cricket fan must be so proud of thier team after this series whitewash. The way the Pakistani batsmen played in thier second innings displayed great maturity and patience, classic old fashioned test cricket. The way the Pakistani bowlers exposed the weaknesses of England's batsmen was very impressive, and I am sure gave the coaches and players of many other international teams some great video footage to study for thier own upcoming series. Pak on the rise, Eng on the slide.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    Just want to remind people who are saying that England side will be defeated in India and SL. Remeber that Saeed Ajmal is a far more established bowler than Ashwins and Ojhas and Heraths etc. Has any one once noticed his stats after that hammering by Hussey in T20 Semifinal, He is awsome after that. Even the batsmen of Sachin's Calibre who is really a good player of Spin (See his past batting against Warne) admitted that Ajmal is difficult to pick. So you must give credit to Pakistan spinners even Hafeez is deadly recently specially against left handers. Indian/SL spinners can not match quality of Pak Spinners. I don't see similar result in SL and India just because thier spinners can not match the quality of Pakistan Spinners. England batsmen are world class and they will remain the same. Its just the quality of Ajmal and pressure from Rehman/Hafeez that made England batting seem mediocre. Cheers Pakistan for your Historic Victory.

  • on February 7, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    well done pakistan...fan from india... really enjoyed watching that england got knocked over, that too a whitewash..now the great great players would have time to think abt their perfomance outside england..likewise india in foreign soils....the main motto of my comment is to get test matches on neutral pitches then get the so called ranking..one more thing really really apperciate UAE for producing result oriented pitches...

  • HowzatPK on February 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    I think Pakistan have done a really good job with their bowling. However, their first innings batting and dropped catches are indications of some root problems with batting and fielding which needs to be addressed if Pakistan are to become a serious force. Also in the pace department, we need someone young and cutting like Mohammed Amir (I am not making case here for his come back, just a reference to his talent for comparison).

  • TommytuckerSaffa on February 7, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan!!! 3 - 0 whitewash !!!! Time to poach some more better south african players England!!!

  • muski on February 7, 2012, 7:51 GMT

    For all the bashing that India have got in the last 7 months in Test Cricket, Gambhir's call for rank turners when the English or Aussies visit the sub continent is vindicated. I have been following Test Cricket for nearly 32 years now and have never seen the so called great test batsmen so inept in alien conditions. Do these batsmen really have a stamp to claim their greatness. When the great Sunil Gavaskar was at is peak, he was a man for all seasons and all pitches. Rain or shine, turn or bounce, he kept churning out those magical knocks. Maybe test cricket has become so demanding that these batsmen can be masters of only cetain type of pitches.

  • kingcommentator on February 7, 2012, 7:44 GMT

    marvellous effort that!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    I am surprised that England haven't come up with any excuses yet. Losing to Pakistan always hurts. 1987, blame Shakoor Rana. 1992, Wasim and Waqar ball tampering, no sorry its reverse swing when we do it. 2006 Darrell Hair accuses Pakistan of ball tampering. 2010 Match fixing. What now? Saeed's action?

  • DUBAI_EXPAT on February 7, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Excellent series win, well done Pakistan. On a side issue, Graham Swann is one of the most over rated spinners in cricket, closely followed by Harbajan of India. If you compare the success of Ajmal and Abdul Rahman over this series and stats over the last 2 years. Swann does not come anywhere close.

  • Balumekka on February 7, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Best wishes from Sri Lanka. I love the way Pakistani players lifted themselves to rebuild their team and to make England fall on their knees. Pakistan team is a very good example and an inspiration to Sri Lanka and India, who at this time struggle to perform well. This again showed that English team is no way the no: 1 team, as they are just ordinary on pitches they are unfamiliar of!

  • papadum_man01 on February 7, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    congrats pakistan!! hope u can keep this up!!! I just wish india could win like this..... but full congrats to pakistan!!! Even after the trouble last couple of years with board, and spot fixing.... wow!! you fully deserve this!!! well done!!:)

  • on February 7, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    thanks to England for bringing transparency in Pak. Team. they have done which should be done by us. we all pakistanis should be thankful to support of their media,courtts and agencies.

  • Drew2 on February 7, 2012, 7:05 GMT

    I can't remember when Pakistan were this focused and played as a team to the best of their ability - probably under Imran Khan's captaincy. To put aside all the recent controversies and issues within their own country and develop like this is a credit to all those responsible. Well played, and remember this winning formula.

  • Charindra on February 7, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Ramesh Dharshana Perera - Well said machang.

  • sherisha1 on February 7, 2012, 7:01 GMT

    LOOKING AT ODI SQUAD OF ENG, IT SEEMS THAT MORE DISASTER IS COMING FOR ENG ,,,,, PERHAPS ANOTHER WHITEWASH

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    as an aussie i gotta say i think the pommies needed a humbling to bring them back down to earth, the same way the aussies needed it when the poms gave it to us over there with freddy and the boys.....i think all the teams are much closer together now when they play at home (or in friendlier conditions).....it's good for cricket! i dare say the aussies would have lost to the pakis over there too, as we've been shown to be very fragile against spin bowling on sub-continental wickets in the past

  • JustIPL on February 7, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    Somehow, it was a little contest b/w Pakistan and India due to Panesar and celebrations started for Pakistan as soonn as there were his unmentionables before the wicket.

  • sweetspot on February 7, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    I don't mind our Pakistani brothers making fun of us Indians for losing everything to England and Australia, as I'm too busy celebrating this 3-0! Whistling and dancing for now. But seriously, if Test cricket comes down to teams winning everything in conditions familiar to them, and losing everything in stranger places, then all interest will soon fade away. Then the only interest will be in Eng-Aus, and subcontinent teams playing each other, and SA doing reasonably everywhere. No team has the quality differential to sustain #1 for very long and it will keep on changing hands, but looks like getting to #1 is a sure shot way of being thrashed immediately. Ah, Pakistan! Thanks for keeping your concentration like I begged for three times! Too much fun. England.. whatever.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    NOW WHAT YOU SAY? SRI LANKA WELL MANAGED THEM THAN WHAT ENGLAND DID. SO DO NOT EVER UNDERESTIMATE A TOP CLASS TEAM LIKE SRI LANKA.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    Great work, Remarkable performace from Bowling side after very long time pakistan spin also very solid position ..........Greatttttttttttttttt

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    Good on you Pakistan, like your style and never give up

  • adi_das on February 7, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan cricket team and fans from an Indian! We all know how powerful England's bowling and batting units are. But to beat such a good team consistently in each session over a series is a special achievement. Pakistan are definitely on the rise again...

  • Omarfarooqkhan on February 7, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Pakistan played at their best. And undoubtedly, playing like this will boost the confidence of young team members to compete with SA and AUS at their pitches. Except younis khan and umar gul, each pakistani player played less than 50 test matches, giving tremendous potential for pakistan team to become world no. 1. I hope England shall learn a lot from this series and will perform well in upcoming test series against Sri lanka and India in Asia. Well done Pakistan and good wishes for England in future....

  • asif.muhammad on February 7, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Only one of SA, Pak or Aus deserved to be No. 1 in test cricket or ODIs with a better record in both home and away series. Plus, ICC should review their ranking points system. Winning away or neutral venues should give a team more points than winning on home conditions. It becomes all different when you play away. Plus they should introduce a more robus mechanism of dropping the results of previous points of home or away series between two teams so that undue advantage of one team continously playing weaker teams at its home ground can be avoided. E.g. Whenever Pak play against England at nuetral venue, points gained in the current UAE 2012 series be dropped and points scored in the new series should be incorporated.

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    where al those english fans now ? England not going to be a no 1 for a very long time . They can't even spell the spin !!!!!!!!welkom to de club

  • on February 7, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Shame on england world n1 team and they just have been whitewashed c Pakistan zindabad

  • Jawaidnazir on February 7, 2012, 6:04 GMT

    Ajmal and Rehman be careful now it's your turn like Amir and Asif.

  • saintsinister on February 7, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    First Congrats to Pakistan.. Secondly plz stop all the bashing, I (for one) really respect the dignity and humility with which Andrew Strauss carries himself being the # 1 ranked team.. Im not talking abt the fans, you hav crazies everywhere for every team.. Strauss' remarks were genuine and quite surprisingly even Broad( who i hate) wasn't acting like a broad, he has controlled himself rather nicely.. Maybe maturity coming in..Gotta say this, really enjoyed the spirit and competition in this series.. It wasn't as one sided as the scoreline suggests.. England could have won the last two but Very well done Pakistan.. Keep making us proud :D

  • pash2n on February 7, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    nothing is neutral these days. even crick info is biased. praising and positive criticism is reserved only for england, india and australia. most of crick info so called cricket expert are calling it england reckless batting. how ignorant are these subject matter expert that they dont know pakistan has been playing consistent cricket from last year or so and haven't lost a single test match.they didn't mention class of Younis Khan and Azhar Ali who showed to the world how spin bowling should be treated. no word for umar GUL, i wont say anything about Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman. anyways we enjoyed the game of cricket and i guess all these off field experts are off field and doesn't really matter.

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Best of luck for the upcoming one-day series.

  • Fady042 on February 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    It was an historical win.Congrats to Green Shirts.We, Pakistanis, feel very proud on you. Now ICC should take some serious decisions on International cricket in Pakistan. Pakistan is a very feasible place for cricket now. ICC top management should understand that things have been changed in Pakistan !!

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Congratz to pakistan i never thought they could do it,but they proved me and many others wrong !

  • vamshi_teamindia on February 7, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    Really great performance.... Well done pakistan!! Get into TOP-4 of test rankings. ENGLAND ARE NOT THE NO.1 TEAM BY ANY MEANS!! THIS IS QUESTION OVER THEIR SUCCESS OVER TEAM INDIAN IN LAST YEAR. THEY DO NOT DESERVE THE CROWN AT THE TOP. I WOULD BE HAPPY IF SAOTH AFRICA TAKE THAT POSITION. ENGLAND IS THE WORST TEAM OVERSEAS I HAVE EVER SEEN................GO ON PAKKK

  • Ameega on February 7, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    Something interesting thing about comments from Indian fans here. They think Pakistan has taken the revenge from English on behalf of Indians! They always do the wrong choice! I remember while SL-ENG series most Indian fans supported ENG, they expected SL been thrashed (it did not happen anyway, 1-0 from 3 match series was not a thrashing by any mean), and it backfired on Indians in couple of months! I hope the same thing to happen in the future, if theyl do not focus on rectifying their own problems.

  • Precioustar84 on February 7, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    @hhillbumper and @Hodra99 - is there some rule around here that says some Indians are not welcome just because they are going through a bad phase or not playing?? Its ok for SL, BD, Aussies to show up everywhere but Indian fans should be shunned of cricinfo? Why didn't you say the same when some SL, BD, Pak fans were commenting against India during Eng vs India series? Or is that allowed since Eng were winning then? Plenty Indians have been fans of Pakistani bowling which may come to surprise to you, and many had long ago predicted that Pak would win this series... Whitewash wasn't expected though but here it is, so yah some Indian fans will congratulate (or gloat as you call it) Pakistan. And some of us don't care what our relation is with Pak outside of cricket. It has nothing to do with us whether you believe it or not your choice. It has to do with supporting a team that deserved the win because end of the day, its just a game so don't hate. Cricinfo please publish

  • StarsnStumps on February 7, 2012, 5:30 GMT

    whoa whoa whoa ... Why all this hostility towards Adnan Akmal by David Hopps .. and it isn't the first time he's done it either, is it so hard to take David? Guys I propose we formally complain to cricinfo about this man's unprofessional style who's with me? Lets just keep filing complaints at the website until the remove him.

  • Ameega on February 7, 2012, 5:21 GMT

    @hhillbumper, I am not an Eng fan, but agree with you mate. After losing 8-0 overseas, some Indian players (and some of the fans) challenged the opponents to come and win on Indian soil. I do not see English doing the same, but just need to improve their skills to play spin in sub-con. I really appreciate this attitude of English. Btw, i hope onedayers would be one sided too after adding boom boom to PAK squad.

  • atthipatti on February 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    I actually want to congratulate United 11 for playing to their true potential.....This is the "England" we all know and want!!!!!

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    England being the number one team and can't stand up to the number 5 rank test team (Pakistan) stop complain condition not suiting u if u are a true world beater n number prove it. Congrat to PAKISTAN

  • Saad.Navaid on February 7, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan on a gr8 all round performance... commiserations to England, bowlers specially they did gr8 on many occasions but the batsmen have failed them badly... hope they will perform better in the future... I would like to add that this is the beauty (or trend whatever u call it) in test cricket... teams like Eng, Aus, SA will face a hard time on Asian(or rather spinning) wickets similarly teams like Pak, Ind, Sri will have a hard time on seaming, bouncy wickets... i think this rating is ridiculous teams should forget about it and just focus on playing good cricket...

    in the end yeah Pakistan... Pakistan Zindabad...

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:05 GMT

    What a performance from Team Pakistan hats off after 106 years team won who got out less thn 100 in first innings and the best part was we were all watched that historical match live :D

    1st white wash 3 nil from Pakistan and after 6 years no team white washed england thats Pakistan. I m laughing to those people who were saying Pak can win only with minows now we white washed number 1 team in the world we thrashed them now what will people say now ??????

    CONGRATULATION Again and again very well done and keep it up

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @boooniie, the real test is with beating australia and india at their backyard

  • on February 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    well...Mizbah is something special for pak team. But the memory of recent world cup allways hurting me-.....i still belive india had no ability to win the tropy ....they should say thanx to pak team....coz its there courtisy that make them to final.

  • FaisaLKarim on February 7, 2012, 4:59 GMT

    To major bulk of English media and a certain group of English fans, stop complaining, wake up and smell the drubbing. That said, there are some very sensible and positive-spirited English fans around here as well. Thank you for your heartfelt felicitations. Of the two writers David Hopps and George Dobell, Mr. Dobell is very objective and writes what he sees. That's always great to see in journalism. Mr. Hopps, refrain from negative innuendos and cheap shots. What flows from your pen reflects what's going on in your mind and majority of readers are too smart to see you inside out multiple times over.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    well...Mizbah is something special for pak team. But the memory of recent world cup allways hurting me-.....i still belive india had no ability to win the tropy ....they should say thanx to pak team....coz its there courtisy that make them to final.

  • waqasyasin83 on February 7, 2012, 4:55 GMT

    What a historic win for Pakistan Cricket, people are referring this to WHITE WASH, but i rather call it GREEN WASH ;) Pakistan Green Washed England and proved their status WRONG as No.1 test team. They may be best but in English conditions, like India in Indian conditions (no offenses on dat). Pakistan playing in an alternate venue winning the series is nothing less than an achievement. Well done Misbah ul Haq for building up this unit and making them strong enough to beat the No.1 side in the world. I look forward to ODI and T20 series, where Shahid Afridi will prove his metal as the ODI and T20 captain Insha Allah =) I pray for the success in ODI and T20 format as well, let the best team win. But one this is sure, England will think twice before entering the field =P may be THRICE ;) ;) I wish we'd have won this series in Pakistan, but i hope wish and pray the international cricket returns to Pakistan =) Insha Allah All the best to Pakistan Cricket for future tournaments..

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    Like India England also lions in their home n dogs outside................

  • Hush78 on February 7, 2012, 4:54 GMT

    @ RameshRayaprolu : eng don't need to beat sa and aus show they are no 1.they need to beat india in India and sl in sl .basically they need to play top sub continental team in their own back yard.aus did all this on the days they were on top of cricket.and England also want to claim same respect they need to better the subcontinent record.for a 1 st tour with pak it went off really bad and I think they have lot to proove if they want to be the best and remain there.eng can manage to beat sa and aus even in there own countries with current bowling and batting unit but sub continent is a different story.it's not fair to jugde them from 1 series again probably the best of the 3 sub continent test team and will really show what they are maid of after the indian and sl tours.my prediction both will be lost series for England.anyway will wait & see....

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I'm from India though i loved the way pakistan white washed england.. Feel proud of our neighbours.. England n Aus said India doesnt deserve no 1 in tests and what abt england.. Come to India and we will show where u belong like way our neighbours showed u just now.. Feeling very happy congrats pakistan :)

  • nomiz on February 7, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    now i think pak should play 2 tests instead of 5 odis later this year against Austarlia in UAE bcoz they need to play more against better ranked teams to take the no 1 spot in tests like india changed the schedule and turned the series into 2tests against Australia when they wr near no 1 spot

  • inzisaloos on February 7, 2012, 4:44 GMT

    Pakistan can get a good deal better. They are not the finished article by any means so to beat England whilst they are still a work in progress is what is most impressive about their whitewash. 3 ways to improve 1) Look to find an express young fast bowler to partner Umar Gul (Look beyond the domestic circuit where there don't appear to be any and set up specialist camps to unearth one with the likes of Wasim and Waqar casting their eyes over the youngsters). 2) Umar Akmal is too talented to leave on the sidelines. Consider sending him in to open with Hafeez, particularly if Taufeeq continues to struggle. 3) A bowling allrounder to provide more bite lower down the order. England have Broad and Swann (and Bresnan when fit) in their lower order whereas numbers 7 to 11 for Pakistan look like tumbling very quickly every time.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    england and australia are always over confident they more comment on opposite teams rather than playing . even the senior players like ian botham , nasser hossain, and other ausis sienior players they just comment on teams whenever they win now did you see there is no word from england same is the position of australia after this series.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    well simply...pakistan create a diginity over england through performance and spirit of game...i love pakistan...god blesss

  • WildAmigo on February 7, 2012, 4:32 GMT

    Well Played both the teams..its tough for England and also for Pakistan because before starting this series lot of Indian supporters and other commentators writing off Pakistan than they beat lower sides including Westindies and Srilanka. Pakistan proves them all wrong. This series is played in good spirit and thanks god for not any thing controversial even some commentators trying to make it that way. This is called Hardcore Test Matches. Good Luck for both the teams for ODIs

  • ajaypathak on February 7, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    hi all, i am an Indian fan, i am not happy that eng is loose, but i am happy that pak is win, because they are not many countries in the world who play game of cricket, and after scam hit the pak cricket i fear that the game cricket suffer in pakistan, but welcome back a strong pak team in world cricket. BCCI must start tie with pak, its good for game as well good for both countries.

  • Ravichandranram on February 7, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    In all fairness, let's appreciate Pak for their uphill effort they put on in. We simply can't say England doesn't deserve No. 1 blindly, coz they had beaten Oz in their home soil 3-1 and they won over the once-mighty Indian team at home. I heard people saying that reaching No.1 at some point is easy, but being on top for so long time would be really tough, coz of the pressure team's face when on top. If you're on top, you ought to win over every team irrespective of their strength to get hold of that position. So, let's leave the ranking system. In the spirit of cricket, India were a good team - drew over SA, WC 2011 win, 5-0 over England, SA & Oz are good teams, England is still a good team. Pakistan is becoming a good team. Be simple. Unless Indians find what's their exact problem, they can't beat teams like Oz and England in test.

  • samincolumbia on February 7, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    The question I have for the english fans is...what's going to the happen to the south african and the Irish players in your team?

  • samincolumbia on February 7, 2012, 4:20 GMT

    @hhillbumper - How about some wine to go with your whine? HAHAHA...

    If your team can have south african and Irish players, why cannot Indians comment about England's pathetic performance in this series? After all, you were proudly claiming not too long ago that England would easily win 3-0!! This is just the beginning...more humiliation awaits the english in the hands of SL and India.

  • ravi-1967 on February 7, 2012, 4:12 GMT

    Good work done by Pakistan. England do not deserve to be number 1. Their record in the Asian condition is pathetic. They were able to beat Bangladesh but have lost to Pakistan. I am sure India would be difficult to beat for them when they visit in late 2012. They have played well in SA and AUS where the conditions are almost like their home conditions.

    AUS were champions as they could play against any opposition in any condition.Let us see how England plan their next course of action.

    It should be encouraging to the PAK team for acheiving this when you look at the fact that the entire team would have been distracted by the off field events during the past 6 months.

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    england deserves more : they could win last two matches

  • on February 7, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Pakistan still managed to self destruct in Australia in the farcical Sydney test! They in fact drew against West Indies last year. But I would love to see Pakistan beat Australia in Australia 3-0, then I would praise this team. You have to beat a team in their own country. Obviously I know England never had a good record in the subcontinent. They lost to Pakistan in 2005 in Pakistan. There's no point praising this team unless you can beat South Africa in South Africa and Australia in Australia. When have Pakistan whitewashed South Africa and Australia abroad? In fact I would like to see Pakistan be the number 1 team and repeat their world cup heroics of 1992 at the 2015 world cup in Australia. Just praising this whitewash to an England team who is crap at the subcontinent anyway is no good. If Pakistan make the final of the 2015 WC, then I would go for Pakistan against any other team.

  • jmcilhinney on February 7, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan. That was a deserved win and a humbling defeat for England. Both teams bowled very well but the difference was obviously in the batting. Pakistan were a little patchy but overall batted with resolve and discipline and had several very good individual performances. England highlights were few and far between. They had some technical issues but I still hold that there major flaws were tactical. It seemed to me that England went with a plan and, when that didn't work, they simply stuck to that same plan. A few started to look better in that last innings but it was far too little and far too late. If England can change their approach to batting on the subcontinent then I believe that they can still do reasonably well in SL and India. If not then it will be a similar result. Congrats also to the groundsmen for some very good pitches. They were not what England expected but certainly not a disadvantage at all. Again, adjust to what you find or perish.

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    I am wishing all my pakistani friends in this occassion. They played a great series and outplayed Eng in all departments. I am always believe that there is no shortage of talents in pakistan only thing is their administration having problem. With limited resources they managed well in this series. I hope Pak cricket move forward and they will start to dominate all over the world. I know very well about the passion of pakistan people. Exclusion of pak players from IPL really helped them to concentrate more on real cricket I mean test cricket. According to me the current Pak team in the asian continent. They have good mixture of senior and young players. Best of luck Pak go ahead

  • zenboomerang on February 7, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @Hodra99 :- "Indian fans why are you writing on this forum?"... Well as an Aussie I find this quite amusing... The Aus v Ind series is full of taunts from Eng, SA, Pak, etc, supporters... Yet we put up with all your jibes without complaining - though we do fight back :) ... Also Oz still have a long way to go before our team can be called "revitalised" - still lots of work to do... Trying new batsmen but definitely a work in progress - also expect 3 senior players to retire within 2 years... Maybe in 3-4 years, but not atm...

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Superb comeback as a team. England long way to go to ACTUALLY be called as number 1 team...quite like India, they also are number one by fluke....Ashes will tell the world how bad English Team is!

  • Penny71 on February 7, 2012, 3:44 GMT

    Contratulation to Pakistanis. Great team effort.

    This test rating is fully flawed. How can England be a no 1 team by winning in your own back yard and getting thrashed to a good but not an outstanding team. England was never a no 1 team who only can win in home conditions and similar. This high self rating should be stopped. A no 1 team will never get thrashed like this, which shows significant errors in this rating system. Aussies or SA would have put a much more fight than this english team. Pommies should stop overating themself and under rating all others.

  • satish619chandar on February 7, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    @Hodra99 and @hhillbumper : The point is, England are happy that India are struggling in Australia and the same with Indians too to see English struggle in Asia.. As simple as that.. Hodra99 : If Indian fans have no business in commenting in this thread, you guys too don't have any business in commenting about India when England are not playing against India.. Cricket is for everyone and the forum is to express their opinion.. Good to see your concerns on India's sorry state without worrying much about your home team's inability to handle spin..

  • Harry_Kool on February 7, 2012, 3:26 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan, deserved win. Definitely on the rise & soon should overtake India to enter the top 4 where the positions will be jockeyed around. Upon reflection, it should be noted that England has always struggled against top class spin, we probably have all forgotten that Strauss, Cook, Bell & Pieterson were all part of the 06/07 Ashes visiting team that Warne enjoyed himself with. That said, the question to be answered is that have SL & India got the quality of spin to test England? Sri Lanka prepared a spinning pitch in the first test but the Aussies got up in a close one, they definitely got quality spinners, India however, is still an unknown factor. The West Indies had no difficulty piling on large first innings totals, so the jury would still be out on India's stocks. Interesting time ahead, I would not write off England in SL or India, unless they bowl like the Pakistanis!

  • TheIndiaRockers on February 7, 2012, 3:21 GMT

    superb superb performance by pakistan. England & Aus can win only in Seamers friendly condition. Eng is not the perfect team to be no 1 side in test. Come on pak i want u guys to win in england or aus & prove that pak is one of the best team in the world. Am an india i always like to support my neibhouring country. come on pak well played awsome. Cricket is the bridge between pak & india friendship. Am really very happy that indians r supporting pak & pak r supporting india. this kind of support as to be continue forever.

  • ssahmad on February 7, 2012, 3:18 GMT

    By reading David article specially the frustration shown in paragraph on Akmal, I can say Akmal played big role in 3-0 thrashing of ENG. Well done Akmal, keep it up...

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:17 GMT

    mr.boycott and nasir hussain where are you now say something about your teams performence u were talking a lot of rubbish when india were losing now ur team also thrashed by pak .. gud luk pak hope there will be a ind -pak series if government of both countries gives the permission...

  • Harry_Kool on February 7, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    @Shazi1965. Seems you have a short term memory loss. Only last summer the Poms completely outplayed Australia at home, even though we were in a rebuilding stage, we got comprehensively flogged. something that hasn't occurred since the mighty days of the West Indies. (N.B. Although Sth Africa also beat us, it wasn't comprehensive, we did come back & won 3 tests in a row, but also, kidos ot them.) Until the rankings say otherwise, they are #1, nothing is stated that they are undisputed or dominant, but at the present, they are #1. When & if another country outperforms them over a period of time (the key is period of time not just one series) then we just have to suck it & move on.

  • Divinetouch on February 7, 2012, 3:07 GMT

    5wombats,

    Never again. I do not expect to ever again any crowing or gloating from england's supporters especially after the white wash by the fifth ranked team in test cricket.

    My uncle who lives in England close to the Oval cricket ground feels that England should now play against Canada, USA, Hong Kong, Bermuda, Nepal and Namibia if they want to retain their #1 ranking in the future.

  • Raja.Khurram on February 7, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    To all Indian posters: Thank you for your appreciation and we wish you all the best against Aussies, for the rest of the tour :) For all English ones: Tough luck folks - your team played well. The last two test matches were won with small margin per Test standards. Have faith in your team. For all fellow Pakistanis: ITS PARTY TIME!!!!! :D :D

  • on February 7, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    As a neutral fan of the game it self , I have really enjoyed the last three games played between England and Pakistan. Obviously being supporter of Pakistan cricket team I am much more proud and happy but at the same time lets not go to a level of insulting English team or rather any other team. The better team won its as simple as that and we watched one of the greatest ever games of test cricket as in history of the game. Furthermore for English team , I feel the English media and fans are always biased and prejudice when it comes to Pakistan team and specially when they are beaten by Pak team which actually is a great humiliation for the world # 1 ranked team. English media always come with lousy reasons such as doubtful bowling action, DRS and etc. The poms must grow balls to accept that they have been out classed by a team that performed much better than them in all segments of the game. Even the writer brags about Adnan Akmal and spend much time wasting of silly comments.

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    well done pak, prove you the best ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,i think india should play against pak in near at any neutral venue

  • 10dulkarIndia on February 7, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Great show of planning by PCB and cultivating a nice team spirit.It seems the PCB were better planners in their choice of team.They seemed to have evaluated the venue, the strength and weakness of their opponent. Therefore, despite their 'inherited' supply of quality pacers, they attacked with spin. In contrast the Indian team was made up of 'gods' and mediocre pacers which was considered to be the best team India can field which clearly indicates that no thought was given to venue and opponents strenght and weakness. BCCI seems to lack cricketing tactical insight the PCB has illustrated with this convincing win, win and win series and that too with a team that is devoid of any 'gods'.Ausies showed similar knack with green tracks.With such level headed insight PCB and Pakistani will continue to bring us good TEST cricket.Now they have to plan and win some matches on non-asian tracks to show how Pakistan will compensate for its depth in batting in 'non-home' conditions.Go underdogs!!

  • saqskhan on February 7, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    For the first time ever, i am seeing a unity in Pak team, hope this continues in future, Mohsin Khan is doing an excellent job as an interim coach and i personally feel he should be appointed as a permament coach as the team is performing under his coaching and everyone is happy to perform under him, might be the reason of delaying the coach appointment for Pak. Overall a great team effort from Pak, beating the No.1 test team is not an easy job, its not important to be no.1 but to be consistent and i feel no one should play for No.1 as this will get changed in every month or two, to beat the no.1 team will be a great achievment than to be no.1 team.

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Time has come that Pakistan should no more regard them as under dogs and get away with it. They must be stern on themselves. Ajmal and Rehman apart, still there are a lot of weak links in this side. Batting needs to improve a lot. Drop the taufeeq and bring in Umar Akmal. Such a slow batting won't do while taking on Australia in august. Also Wahab must arrive. Also i feel misbah must give up T20s in order to prolong the test career and focus on next series against Aussies. Congratulations Pakistan

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    Bring it on australia! lets get them in dubai!

  • Harry_Kool on February 7, 2012, 2:11 GMT

    @Ramesh Dharshana Perera. Not sure you would toss Warne's name up and bag him, but time for a history lesson. Have a look at the 2002/03 series against Pakistan, of which 2 tests were in Sharjah. 27 WICKETS @ 12.66., including bowling out Pakistan for 59 & 53 in one test. I am not bagging Pakistan, just putting into perspective what a quality player Warne was.

  • on February 7, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    we love you Pak-Team cong on 3-0 white wash and best of luck for upcoming series

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    England's performance in India, 9 months hence, won't be that gloomy. In this series itself, they showed some progress in tackling spin. They will have another series in SL to further hone up their skills against spinners. Then alone, they have to face India. England is showing better humility in accepting their weaknesses and honestly for finding solutions for the same -- unlike our Indian players and the Indian administration.

  • Chris_P on February 7, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    @ CricketFundas. OK, you asked some questions, I'll answer them. Last time we went to India we lost both tests, one by 1 wicket due to an outstanding last wicket stand of 50+ and lost the other test well into the 5th day. We got beaten but we put up a hard fight with a transitioning inexperienced team, repeat, we put up a fight. What have your mob done the last 8 tests? Rolled over and get absolutely pummeled by record margins with 7 of the 8 tests over well within 4 days, the exception was an hour into the 5th day. We also happened ot have beaten a tough SL side IN Sri Lanka, remember the last tine India has done that? 1996! This Pakistan side is on the rise, a good team, they showed fight last season against us & England, an attribute India didn't display in the same conditions. Doctored pitches? Get a grip. Well done to Pakistan btw, truly deserved.

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan! Your team is finally living up to its potential. I wish you many more victories and look forward to the next Pakistan-Australia series, whenever that may be..

  • on February 7, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    I dont understand why You guys r excited it is nice Pak won but dont be excited or hyper still 2 0r 3 players r useless in team Taufeeq adnan and one fast bowler

  • balajik1968 on February 7, 2012, 1:34 GMT

    Pakistan have done very well, but don't forget England bowled really well through the series. It was their batting which let them down. Pakistan needs to take a hard look at their batting. The openers have struggled, and in England and Australia this can be dangerous. The bowling is also 2 seamers short. As for England, they need to take a hard look at their batting. The bowlers have done well. Panesar has produced an interesting dilemma for England. He has bowled really well, and it will be tough for the English management to decide come the English summer.

  • subbass on February 7, 2012, 1:28 GMT

    satheeshkumar.m said "They(England) have never won on sub-continent pitches."

    2001-02 SL 1 Eng 2 2002 Pak 0 England 1 2006 India 1 England 1

    Not quite. As you can see England has done ok at times on sub con pitches.

  • playitstraight on February 7, 2012, 1:24 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, you guys deserved this!!! A nice way to get revenge after last year's controversies, winning 3-0 and inflicting a whitewash. Who would have thought? We Indians are very happy, it is proven that England can only play in conditions that suit them. Gambhir was right, we should prepare 'rank-turners', then we'll see how other teams fare when they come to India.

  • umbuly on February 7, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Congrats! Pakistan. Happy times for Pakistani cricket. You are the neighbor's envy right now. I wish we could draw some inspiration from you.

  • samurai1979 on February 7, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    it's not over yet i want to see a clean whitewash in odi's and t20's as well Pakistan can do this INSHALLAH...

  • Badgerofdoom on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Well played pakistan. No point pretending from an England perspective that was anything but a disaster, on the plus side the bowlers did well and put the team into several positions from where we should have won the match, Monty's resurgence was a pleasure to see as well. The rather obvious down side was that the batting which particularly against spin was awful and really let the side down, thats got to improve or we'll get beat in SL and Ind.

  • Ameega on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    @Stark62, ya it sounds weird, but it rained in UAE when SL had a little upper hand over PAK. Nearly 60 overs lost due to bad weather / bad light during the whole match. However I am not trying to disrespect this great win of PAK. The most important thing exposed by this series is the inability of ENG against spin. On the other hand PAK need to improve a lot to win if they face a better spin-proof team. PAK still need to prove something, while ENG already proved that they are no more a real #1. My advise for any team; be at #2 or #3 and enjoy beating #1. Do not try to be #1 (these days), and if you do, you are prone to be thrashed by a lower ranked team!

  • boooonnie on February 7, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for 3-0 white wash, and against the Pommies too, beautiful!

  • Shazi1965 on February 7, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    Chris Sun.. Come on mate.. be a good looser. Show Sports man spirit. Has England ever performed that remarkable outside English soil? lolz

    If a team, be it even Holland team, has performed well, appreciate their guts to do so instead of trying to act sheepish and saving face.

    Well done Pakistani Team. Simple

  • maz_3 on February 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, what a performance....and Mr. David Hopps please try to write an unbiased report, appreciate the team with some good words who whitewashed the number one team...dont pick on Adnan, he is still a great wicket keepr in making.

  • Stymie on February 7, 2012, 0:37 GMT

    As an Australian supporter, I always enjoy watching an English side struggle. Hearty congratulations Pakistan.

  • yorkshirematt on February 7, 2012, 0:36 GMT

    @ Nish_US. OK. I wouldn't say I'm a big England supporter but I'm pleased when they win and disapponted when they lose, so I can provide some fair predictions. The way they are playing at the moment I think they will lose in India, could be 4-0 or by then they could have learnt to play a bit better or could have some new blood who have adapted better to the conditions. I would also predict 0-0 or 1-0 to SL. Both predictions are based on the fact that English batsmen are clueless when facing spin and India and SL will surely be turning to spin very early in the innings to try to engineer another collapse like we saw in this series. A lot hinges on how well they learn from this series. I don't normally make predictions anyway, especially when a series is 9 months away as is the case with India. A lot can happen between when a prediction is made and when the match begins, especially in a sport like cricket.

  • RameshRayaprolu on February 7, 2012, 0:34 GMT

    Loved the way Pakistan team took the challenge in this series. As I predicted earlier, ENG are not deserving #1 in tests. They still need to face SA or AUS to keep up their ranking.

    For Pakistan, there is some inconsistent batting, but their bowling has supported their batsmen as and when required, and vice-versa. All other teams need to learn from this Pakistan team, as to how to achieve a balance in the team performance ! Kudos to Pakistan......!

  • Hodra99 on February 7, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @hhillbumper on (February 06 2012, 20:46 PM GMT)...You and I dont usually agree, but I must say I agree 100% with this post! Indian fans why are you writing on this forum? I would be worrying about the sad state Indian cricket is in. After the battering you copped from England and a revitalised Australian team recently, I would be keeping very very quiet.

  • satheeshkumar.m on February 7, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    I am happy that England lost...Endland doesn't deserve No.1 status. They have never won on sub-continent pitches. Congratulations to Pak to put England in place.

  • dilscoop_uk on February 7, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    For Pakistan .......... "Thats the way I like it" . ;) I still believe England will perform better in S L and India reasons ; 1. India and SL both may have some really great Batsman who will perform on their own soil but what about the bowling department? Zaheer for India and Herath for India but what about the support bowlers ? are they good enough? England's Bowling has been excellent through out the series and adapted to the conditions really well and proved that they are good enough to get the oppostion team out in any conditions on any pitch.

  • on February 7, 2012, 0:00 GMT

    My goodness! This shows how pathetic (for India) and helpful (to English batsmen) Indian bowling was in England. I always thought that was the prime reason why Peterson and Bell scored doubles and big hundreds. Even Michael Clark scored a triple when I believe if Indian fielding and bowling had attacked more and relentlessly, he would have scored a 150+. Great win Pakistan! Keep going!

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:57 GMT

    @chris sun is it so hard to accept the fact that pakistanis won the series because they worked hard and ouplayed england in all departments ... if england the number one team the least that should be expected from you is to adopt to any situation or condition ... instead of whining england must find some "BALLS" (if you know what i mean) so they can win matches or atleast accept defeat like sports men ...

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Stop making pathetic excuses after getting greenwashed by PCT... Pakistan Zindabad...

  • mani106 on February 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    I dont know if its just me but i have noticed cricinfo is kinda biased against Pak and and so much leaned towards India. What Pak have pulled against eng is so unreal work. If it was India, we would have seen 5 different pictures of Indian team on the home page, countless article praising the indian team and all but i dont see as much coverage for Pak.

  • Hodra99 on February 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge...how does that humble pie taste? A little bitter? England proven to not be the greatest team as you had so often claimed. Hopefully your ridiculing of other nations will now cease as your own team begins its descent down the rankings after the 2 years of good cricket you so often harp on about. Always remember a champion team wins in all conditions, just as the WI and Australia did for 15 years.

  • sirvivfan on February 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    All Pakistan supporters congratulations. Now that we have won we must show humbleness.I thought the Pakistan players showed much displline in winning and did not get carried away. Ajmal is truly a greater character and I am sure success will not go to head. We must get carried away this team can improve further by working on their batting and fielding. Now to one day series... Pakistan will have refocus after this great win.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:53 GMT

    We washed them, SL will dry them and India will press them. Welcome to Asian Laundromat England, its a brotherly run business and our logo is "What can Brown do to you"? (Sorry UPS)

  • shoddy on February 6, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I don`t think England will be too upset at loosing this series, Pakistan cricket has received a huge boost, which, lets face it, is long overdue. Whether or not we have actively assisted their rejuvenation by playing so poorly is open to conjecture. Being no1 in the world is neither hither nor thither to us. Beating India 4-0 and Aus 3-1 are what I will remember of the last 12 months. No1 in the world, who cares! it`s results that count, and winning the battles that matter the most.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    I have no trust on ICC rankings. Same like our society, actually there are only 5 ranks / grades in all formats of cricket: Grade A (Top Class). (1-3) Eng, Aus & SA; Grade B (Upper Middle Class). (4-5) Pak & Ind, Grade C (Middle Class). (6-8) SL, WI & NZ; Grade D (Lower Middle Class). (9-12) BD, Zim, Ire & Afghan & Grade E (Lower Class). (13-~~) all other cricket nations... up & down between these classes are temporary sequences.

  • CricketFundas on February 6, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    @Chris Sun You said "Pakistan won all because they prepared spin friendly pitches. If they visit Eng, AUS or SA, they would be lose.".

    Oh please, stop the whining. Pakistan truly hammered England in this series, but if anyone thought England was going to put up a fight, i'd say they were high on something! Pakistan have some great players, and England can only play on doctored pitches at home.

    Wait and watch while this English team gets whitewashed in Srilanka and then in India and sets a record of sorts...(longest losing stretch).

    BTW, the current australian team is also no different - they went to India recently, and what happened to that test series?? did they win?

    Let's not take anything away from this wonderful Pakistani team, and coming from an Indian fan, you know this means a lot ;-)

  • AlvinD on February 6, 2012, 23:33 GMT

    Mr Hopps, your writing is of substance. However, it diminished in objectivity and profundity in the three final paragraphs you devoted to your tactless assault on Adnan Akmal. It should not be so glaring that you are disgusted, though you must be understandably disappointed with the outcome of the Test series. Affinity would thus dictate, because it is your countrymen who have received the drubbing. Akmal, barring a few blemishes, was quite expert behind the stumps; he was the better wicketkeeper all series. His being a chatterbox should not upset you so to tilt the equilibrium of your professional writing to the side of ire. I am really happy for Pakistan. The team has performed most admirably of all Test-playing Teams within the last 18 months, in the face of much criticism and turmoil. some of its best players are not on the field, and yet the performances have been commanding. This team is becoming a force to reckon, and nothing should be elevated to detract from its achievements.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    Now whoever labeled Mr Graeme Swann as the no 1 spinner in the world needs to get his head checked. Even Panesar is better than him. And the Pak spinners are miles better than Swann at his best.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    unbelievable some English folks cannot still accept that they lost. For God sake just admit you lost. Stop blaming, spotfixing, bowler action, DRS and now spinner friendly pitch. On the same spinner friendly pitch, 2 of English spinners were cooking eggs. Didn't they had the same opportunity or they are not as classy as Saeed/Rahman.

  • on February 6, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    Chris sun, for your weak informations, Pakistan has beaten all teams in their soil, we defeated many times England in their country, same as Australia, Newzeland we beat them in last year, defeat westindies last year as well, and we also win in our home land too, check the records on this site, and learn to praise winning team, dont show your narrowness here.

  • BravoBravo on February 6, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Congrats PAK. But ENG team also deserves a lot of credit as not offering any kind of excuses like IND is doing for last several months after each defeat (its a long list of defeats and whitewashes). ENG realize that they are a weak side when its come to handling spin, and hope they will do better on their forthcoming asian tour. Third test match was pretty wide open, and indeed it was an exciting finish. Cant wait to see ODI between ENG and PAK.

  • jonesy2 on February 6, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    the problem with england in rugby and cricket is that after they win a couple of games they think they are the greatest thing ever and that their players are the greatest players ever and the rest of the world knows that they will just end up being exposed for the peusdo-quality that they are and their players will be exposed for the peusdo-quality that they were (bell, trott, cook, anderson, etc.) by the next ashes series australia should be ranked number 1 if they beat south africa next summer and england will be at about 3 or 4 if theyre lucky, i just hope they can give the aussies a contest. embarrassment to the number 1 ranking. we'll have our ashes back as well, you are embarrassing them also.

  • dunger.bob on February 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    @ V.Rajaa on (February 06 2012, 14:24) : Interesting thought. So England, in their first series after getting to #1 are blotted out 3 zip yet REMAIN at No 1 ... just goes to show they piled up serious points in the preceeding 12-18 months and built up a hell of a lead. ... I believe if the Saffers can roll the Kiwi's 2-0 they will take over. .. not as easy as it sounds by the way. The Kiwi's are playing some excellent cricket at the moment. @ iluvcricinfo on (February 06 2012, 16:27 PM) : I don't think anyone is touring Pakistan atm. Oz-Pak drew a series 1-1 in England quite recently. I think both sides have improved a lot since then. .. also, maybe I'm dumb or something, but I can't figure out how Pakistan beating England is a "present to India"..... unless you've got some sort of East V West thing happening there. .. I thought the New India was past all that old stuff.

  • hsitasP on February 6, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    That's the first of the frontiers conquered for the No. 1 Test team in the world by beating Pak 3-0. wait a minute.....it's the other way around, isn't it? It is the 'lowly' Pak that has walloped the No. 1 team 3-0. rather premature of me to make that first statement, I duly take it back !!!!! miles to go, guys !!!

  • jonesy2 on February 6, 2012, 22:58 GMT

    hhahahahah well englands time as ranked number one really will be shorter than even i expected!! if south africa win in NZ next month then they will be number 1. even i didnt think england were woeful enough at sport to give up the highest ranking after the first series they played!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:57 GMT

    a very owsum way to whitewash the no 1 team .they can do more in onedays and t20 INSH ALLAH .Ajmal nd ABdur rehmans bowlings are owsum nd with it Gull is playing like a key fast bowler for the great PAKISTAN !! Now nuthn much wIshing PAKISTAN best ov luck in fUture !! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD !!MISBAH best caption !!

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Pakistan won all because they prepared spin friendly pitches. If they visit Eng, AUS or SA, they would be lose. But if you were to prepare pitches in Pakistan and not in the Middle East, then you would have a high percentage of draws. Pakistan's record outside Asia is not as good. They need to improve on that if they are to be number 1. They have been thrashed 3-0 every time they visit Australia.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:50 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan. Great showing. I think all teams around the world could learn a lot from this team. Gutsy stuff.

  • Khalid.Mujtaba on February 6, 2012, 22:49 GMT

    3 dropped catches! 3 bowler used! Put Muhammad Hafeez and Chema aside.. England Still #1 can't believe that ... Weldone Pakistan. Zindabad

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:47 GMT

    Pakistan undoubtedly played a gem of a series but having said that the only alarming factor in the team was its inconsistent batting.except Azhhar Ali, who is a find of the decade for Pakistan, Asad Shafiq, bit consistant then others and finally Younis khan, the rest of the Pakistani batting was failed but thanks to our Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman's best spin bowling performace we managed to get this historic clearn sweep victory against No. 1 test side of the world. Now the real challenge would be the One Day internation series where the consistent batting would be required to become victories in this edition of the game. we all are look forward the same great performance in one day and T20 games by Pakistan.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    after fixing scandal in 2010 pakistan team simply cannt think of losing against any team be it any team...if they loose they will be reminded of scandal....it has been blessing in disguise....for next one to two years in coming icc tornaments pakistan will reach easily atleast semi-final postion ...may allah make them win...

    well congrates to pakistani team n all my nation...

  • Ameega on February 6, 2012, 22:46 GMT

    @Mohammad Orakzai, you are right mate. Writer has found something wrong in this exiting Pakistan team, finally, for his consolation. Forget Adnan, appreciate hos team's efforts!

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:40 GMT

    Humayun Maqbool - hahahahaah....

  • Nish_US on February 6, 2012, 22:39 GMT

    5wombats and other england supporters - I've been asking your intellectual predictions for this series, and the other two ENG are going to play in the subcontinent, especially against india.... Please provide your predictions... Thanks

  • Ifty_Khan on February 6, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    Well done Pakistan...!!! Aus and SA next oh yes Indians too. I hope we show them the Tesra that England have been looking for in the shape of whitewashes in Tests, ODI and T20, Phla, Doosra and Tesra whitewash... coming your way.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    wow nice win pakistan we want cricket back in pakistan icc

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    Pak team , well done.....

  • Do_you_know_me on February 6, 2012, 22:19 GMT

    Something thats worth publishing....

    Do you know me?....Cos I forgot who Iam, but I do remember that it is me who said....a few months back...

    Posted by ?????? on (August 02 2011, 20:09 PM GMT) Tell you what, and this is the truth; throughout the 90's I always envied what you Aussie fans could enjoy and take for granted; a team which could crush anyone, anywhere - with BRILLIANT batting, Superb bowling and above all the desire to win and the belief that they could do so from ANY match position - Australianism in its fullest form. Australia in the 90's were just brilliant. I watched them here and in Aus and it was a priviledge. I understand what you guys enjoyed all those years even more now because its MY team - England, that are starting to do it; I now know how it feels for my team to put away top class opposition on a regular basis. I've waited (and suffered!) a lifetime for this and it's wonderful - I feel like my patience has finally been rewarded!

    Robust England are

  • Do_you_know_me on February 6, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Something thats worth publishing....

    Do you know me?....Cos I forgot who Iam, but I do remember that it is me who said....a few months back...

    Posted by ?????? on (July 25 2011, 21:37 PM GMT) I've been following England in Test match cricket for over 40 years now and I've seen a lot of ups and, probably, a few too many downs. But this England are the real deal. This England team are hard to beat. Like the great teams - once they get ahead, they cane the opposition.

    Great teams have great bowlers, period. Just at the moment England have the complete bowling unit; any one of those bowlers can, and has, run through quality batting line ups. England destroyed India in this Test match just as they destroyed Australia in The Ashes. This England

    team are on the verge of greatness - one of the best England Test teams I've seen in my lifetime.

    England's bowling a class apart -----------------------------------

  • Do_you_know_me on February 6, 2012, 22:18 GMT

    Something thats worth publishing....

    Do you know me?....Cos I forgot who Iam, but I do remember that it is me who said....a few months back...

    Posted by ?????? on (July 26 2011, 12:47 PM GMT) Back in the 1970's England were not a "top" team, that was reserved for the brilliant West Indies. In the 90's it was Australia. So, for the longest time there was always a team that we knew could beat us. Not now. This England can give anyone a game anywhere. At home I now expect us to win every game against any opposition. First The Ashes home and away, now this. It's superb.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    England is over rated team .... Well done Pak ... from an Indian ...

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:04 GMT

    hhillbumper : a Whitewash is a whitewash, wether the teams getting whitewashed are India or England. Sure India got whitewashed 8-0 in their last 8 overseas matches but so did England 5-0 in the ODIs in India and 3-0 against Pakistan. India however never claimed it was going to rule the cricketing world for the next ten years neither were they bowled out for less than hundred in one match and less than 150 in the next. You also need to consider that Pakistan only used three front line bowlers for almost all the match, Gul, Ajmal and Rehman. as for excuses the English media is full of innuendoes that " Ajmal is a chucker"

  • KKSid on February 6, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    I Still am a bit sceptical about a few things that have conspired in the series. The openers weren't good at all, Umer Gul really needs a partner, The batting is somewhat at fault with Asad Shafique and Azhar Ali being a bit too slow for my liking, well the reason for saying this is the fact that if a fast pitch comes along and the spinners don't get much out of it then we would be reliant on only one bowler and only one batsman(Younis Khan). Having said that I have a lot of faith in the players that they will come through and make us proud still there is room for improvement. Best of luck on that. The keeper is good as he knows how to keep who cares if he cannot bat, ,that what a lot of bloggers are saying, but i disagree, not everyone is Adam Gilcrist.

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:02 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan - the better of the two sides. But just a thought before everyone goes overboard - their batting apart from the one large stand on Friday / Saturday was as fragile as England's at times. Yes - England didn't play like the 'officially ranked #1 side' - whatever objective judgement there is there - but as with Scotland beating the then World Cup holders at Wembley in 1967 - that doesn't make Pakistan the Best Team in the World. They were the better team in the UAE and all congratulations again to them. Re David Hopps's comments on Adnan, well the reported lipreading of Misbah's comment to him yestreday were for him to calm it - 'You're not making my job any easier'. It doesn't matter, but as with Sharapova's grunting, it can unnerve, not in any unfair way, the spectator and is fair comment. Enjoy the success - Day 1 of the next Test Series will restart at 0-0

  • Zohaib.R.Q. on February 6, 2012, 22:01 GMT

    Good win for the Green Brigade. I've said this earlier 'i hope they don't get complacent and carry on playing good cricket as they have been doing for the past 18 months. many congratulations to all the Pakistani cricket lovers... also want to thank all the Srilankans and Indians for showing their gratitude

  • on February 6, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    proud on my team Pakistan Zindabad

  • smh1 on February 6, 2012, 21:39 GMT

    Pak fans are brimming with pride in our team as well as appreciation for the tremendous effort put forth by Misbah, Ajmal, Rehman, Younus, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and the rest of the boys. I think it must also be said that Andrew Strauss was very gracious in defeat after the last two tests; although we heard muttered complaints about suspect actions subsequent to the first test, after the last two the England team simply acknowledged defeat and gave praise to the victors. To the Pak team, may God continue to give you success and to the England team best of luck in Sri Lanka.

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:38 GMT

    anxiously waiting for India on 18th March first, and then for the Asia title glory to Pakistan !!!

  • No1cricketfan on February 6, 2012, 21:35 GMT

    PAKISTAN'S final frontier is Austtralia

  • BigGeorgeMehemood on February 6, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    Entire West Indies, from Guyana to Barbardos send congratulations to the Pakistan cricket team, No.6 test side beat the No.1 test side. What a laugh! West Indies people like Pakistan because of the fast bowlers they produce and them always can match up with West Indies. England is a joke. Dem should be no.8.

  • imJoheb on February 6, 2012, 21:17 GMT

    if amir returns this pakistan will be deadly!!!!

  • Kavum on February 6, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    England's negativity lost them the match just as in the second test. 3 of the top 5 had S/Rates of less than 30 in the second innings. Compared with Pakistan's 2nd innings in which only Misbah had a sub-30 S/R in the top 5, England were lacking nous, confidence and bravery (despite their proven ability). Morgan's, Prior's and Broad's positive approach was too late in the lower middle order. Gooch and Mushie need to give the Poms a good batting workout against spin if they are to do well in the coming weeks. Losing by only 70-odd runs twice, shows that they were not steamrolled but came up short at crunch moments. However, all credit to Pakistan for their self-belief, guts and the pressure they kept on the world's No. 1 team. Maybe hammering Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka will be just the tonic England need. A wounded beast is the most dangerous - so watch out Lankans. Brilliantly done Pakistan!

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Great work pak...keep it up..now...can england play only at home?? ehhh...cant dey score even 200 out of their home grounds???...do dey really deserve the number one spot in tests????...if dey had played 6 tests their humiliation wud have only increased...so before pointing fingers at others people shud know..what dey are capable of...lway to go misbah n company...

  • on February 6, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    i am damn proud of this team well done boys well done

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Ooer. Her Majesty the Queen may be celebrating 60 years on the throne today, but the England cricket team are surely tumbling off theirs fast. Well done Pakistan!

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on February 6, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    @AmitSB on (February 06 2012, 16:24 PM GMT) .. Agreed, Indeed India was the first team from subcontinent to Whitewash England 3-0. However Pak is the first to do so on Neutral Venue :)..

    Apart from that, Pak team should work on the batting capabilities of its tailenders. The tail starts too early and genuine wicket-keeper batsmen is required as well. See what difference can a good wicketkeeper batsman can make ( Boucher, Gili, Dhoni, Prior, Sanga et al ). Also moved by the support lent by Indian/SL fans to Pak team.. Thank u folks..

  • 200ondebut on February 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. After all that has happened over the last few years I am pleased for them (although bitterly disappointed for England). Lets hope they go from strength to strength and start delivering performances that are commensurate with their obvious talent. In Misbah they have a great leader. I wish them well.

  • darsh127 on February 6, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    I am an Indian and i am very proud of Pakistans efforts. They have done really well. Thank you for taking revenge for INDIA! very well done-

  • hhillbumper on February 6, 2012, 20:46 GMT

    There are an awful ot of Indian fans gloating on here.You still lost your last 8 away tests and at least the English don't make excuses about being unable to cope.We accept we need to get better unlike India who will only play at home.

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:38 GMT

    Proud to be a Pak cricket fan, the guys have done us proud. Keep up the great work.

  • vkypak on February 6, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    england just manage to scored 200 only twice in this series.....remarkable performance by worlclass bowling unit....truly tremendous

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:35 GMT

    First of all I would like to say CONGRATS to all lovers of Pakistani team. I think both teams bowled very well but the main difference was batting against the spinners and unfortunately England batsmen failed to spend more time on the wicket and to play big innings, but Pakistani batsmen proved their skills most likely two new young players Azhar Ali & Asad Shafiq. Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman performed very well throughout the series, as they have shared 43 wickets. England require much more practice & skills against spinners but they were good in other fields. Whereas Pakistan needed a stable opening pair, another pacer to support Umer Gul from other end and good wicketkeeper which is most important at all. Muhammad Asif - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Well Done Pakistan. This is the only team in the world which has improved even after all the propaganda and spot fixing events. I would wish to see international cricket back home in Pakistan then we can challenge any team in the world. One days series will also be not easy for england as Pak team will be more stronger than ever.

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    First of all I would like to say CONGRATS to all lovers of Pakistani team. I think both teams bowled very well but the main difference was batting against the spinners and unfortunately England batsmen failed to spend more time on the wicket and to play big innings, but Pakistani batsmen proved their skills most likely two new young players Azhar Ali & Asad Shafiq. Saeed Ajmal and Abdul Rehman performed very well throughout the series, as they have shared 43 wickets. England require much more practice & skills against spinners but they were good in other fields. Whereas Pakistan needed a stable opening pair, another pacer to support Umer Gul from other end and good wicketkeeper which is most important at all. Muhammad Asif - Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:31 GMT

    England was affraid of "TEESRA". That's what we called TEESRA (3 in a ROW) LOL Saeed Ajmal ROCKS. Great victory for Pakistan, an extraordinary achievement for a side with no home to call its own, a side that lives out of a suitcase and does it rather well. Along with the socks and the toothpaste they certainly unpacked quite a shock for the No. 1 ranked side.

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Frustration had to find an exit in the writer's mind and Adnan served that purpose. Seriously, THREE Para's on Adnan?

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:27 GMT

    Congrats team Pakistan !!!!excellent team work and truly spirited cricket !!!! England is lucky that it was three test series not 5 test match series !!!!

  • We_Rock on February 6, 2012, 20:21 GMT

    Hi Congrats to our Brothers in Pakistan, I am an Indian but enjoyed your victory over England, who after defeating India in their backyard was considering themselves as Unbeatable...Kudos to Team Pakistan. Everyone has their time..Its ur time Pakistan..Enjoy to the fullest, before some other team deflates this ride of urs..No offense but on a serious note. As we have seen..Everything that goes UP must come DOWN...This is the law of nature, enjoy..till ur joy ride continues..Thx for good Cricket. An Indian.

  • Sal2011 on February 6, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    England have a chance to redeem themselves in Sri Lanka in March. It's all about preparation and not underestimating anyone. It's tough to get to the top, but tougher to stay at the top.

    For Pakistan the final frontier is down south east in the land of Oz. Not since Majid Khan hooked Lillee for six in 76-77, after Imran Khan's first match winning performance, have Pak been able to make a dent there in Tests. They'll need a better fast bowling pair than Gul and Cheema.

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    well done Pakistan. proud to be a Pakistani

  • Precioustar84 on February 6, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Shouldn't the title of this article say Eng was humiliated, embarrassed or whatnot by wonderful Pakistan bowling attack? Or are those words only for the subcontinent teams when they travel? When England was whitewashed in India in ODIs, everyone thought it was a fluke and no one wanted to give credit to them because ODI's can't give glimpse of test outcomes they said. Eng played 10 Tests in the last 5 years in Asia (India, SL, BD and Pak in UAE), and have managed to win only 2 of the 10, and that too against BD. This was probably the worst as their entire batting average was what 19 or so, and 48-wickets fell to spin? Why does the author rudely write about Akmal when there's other shambolic stuff to write about? Or was that an excuse to say Eng lost because they couldn't concentrate no-thanks to another Akmal? Congrats to Pakistan on another well-deserved win and a whitewash from an Indian!! Cricinfo please publish

  • KiwiPom on February 6, 2012, 20:05 GMT

    I think England grossly underestimated Pakistan's desire to win this series. They wanted (to coin a well-known phrase) "to make England grovel". Once they had their feet on England's chests, rather than ease off, they pushed down ever harder until they were asphyxiated. Put yourselves in Pakistan's position. Do you blame them?

  • on February 6, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Great Win for Pakistan. Hoping best in ODI and T20................

  • cricinfan on February 6, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    @stark62: Pakistan v Sri Lanka 3rd test from 3-7 November. It rained in Sharjah!

  • Usman_Jilani on February 6, 2012, 19:48 GMT

    Awesome performance by The Green Tops. Ever since the new management has taken over, and Misbah-Ul-Haq being the Captain, they have taken this team onto another level. But only time will tell on how well they perform overseas. No matter how much England prepared, they still would've found it extremely difficult with the level of spin bowling Pakistan possess. I think England have been stretched and tested to the limit, and I don't think they'll find playing against Sri Lanka and India as difficult. Overall well done to Pakistan and also well played England.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    From the moment England felt they knew better than the entire cricketing world by going into the first test with one spinner this series was doomed. That Monty alone could take 5 Pakistan wickets in an innings (twice) certainly showed that up. There were no demons in any of the pitches, yet the worlds best batting lineup can't find a 30 average between them. Poor preparation, shocking shot selection and a complete absence of a viable game plan. At least our bowlers demonstrated they werent going to rest on their laurels. Congrats to Pakistans batsmen for showing some patience.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:40 GMT

    England cannot claim to No. 1 until they conquer every continent. In the meantime the rankings are fascicle and meaningless. Disappointing to continually read and hear that England performed poorly when it was evident that Pakistan didn't allow them to play at their best. Congrats to Pakistan ... deserved winners against a team that had dismissed them as rank outsiders even before the 1st Test.

  • Roshini on February 6, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Wow! What a cinderella like performance from Pakistan. You do things what we can only dream of. Whitewashing the top ranked nation? You must be kidding Pakistan. Well done "MAGICIAN" Ajmal. What an enjoyable sight to see the batters being foxed left right and center. Clueless!!! To me you were the difference much more than Rehman and company. We solute this supremely talented cricketing nation. Roshini Vass - Homagama Sri Lanka.

  • Criktic on February 6, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    I am Indian and jealous :-(

  • Javed72 on February 6, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Its a good result for pakistan. But we have to contine to improve especially in regards to our openers and lower order batting. Plus we need a nother fast bowler to support gul and a more professional keeper who doesn't scream unecessarily after every delivery. We can only be considered a good team once we start doing well consistently in aust/south africa/english conditions. I still think england are a great team, the bowlers have been great. I just think england were under prepared, no matter how great you are you need time to adapt to different conditions.

  • Purple-Patch on February 6, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    @ JG2704, as a Pakistani fan your comments have been logical, fair, honest and respected and have certainly been welcomed by me. I'd also like to thank all those followers of cricket who support other countries and who have contributed positive, kind and indeed honest critical assessments throughout the series with no maliciousness towards Pakistan. Cricket & sport should bring us together. Increase the Peace!

  • Dr.Hasan on February 6, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDABAD.ALHAMDULILLAH. YOU MIGHT BE KEEPING CRICKET OUT OF PAKISTAN BUT YOU CANT KEEP PAKISTAN OUT OF CRICKET!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    One & half years ago, Pakistan team has a worst time while playing against same England team in 2010 and we had to go through a disaster by mach fixing scandal and almost we have lost the moral in international cricket but today our team made us proud nation by making whitewash against same team now time has come that our neighborliness country India should realize that Pakistan is a sovereignty cricketing nation and India should play a series with Pakistan for millions of cricketing fans in both countries GEO PAKISTAN ! Jeet ke Geo !

  • Stark62 on February 6, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Let's rename this to "Brownwash"! :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    i like it pakistan zinda baad .

  • Lakpj on February 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Haaha So must so for the World's No1 test team. I think Cricinfo ranked them amoung the best test teams in oneof their articles didn't they. To be the real No1 you have to beat everyone in every condition. That's why WI of the 70/80s and Aus from 1999-2008 were great. Winning few series in favorable conditions won't prove anything that happened to India and now to England.

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    @tehseena, very true, and pathetic commentary i.e When Pieterson got out. Saeed Ajmal to Pietersen, OUT, bowled through the gate. Ordinary offspinner on a good length, Pietersen forward and playing with the bat away from the pad is done by one that spun. Nothing overly special about it, I don't think Pietersen played it very well at all, maybe he thought it was the doosra

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:06 GMT

    I read the Author's name and knew what was going to be in the article. Better luck next time. I think we played well organized cricket. Pakistan Zinda'baad. I suggest watch the highlights of these test matches and enjoy the brilliance of Cricket shown by Pakistan and see how No. 1 can take a dive down to the bottom. .Good Luck in the upcoming matches. So disappointed as a reader

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    David..You need to keep this article handy..so you can paste same article while England playing in Srilanka and India :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    so this is how Shane Warne got 700 wkts ! I always he is even behind Kumble as a bowler...

  • PakFanMinn on February 6, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    Humayun Maqbool, very well said. We dont need ranking we will paint our victories on White Walls and WhiteWash it for new ones. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD. Team represents nation's potential to be best in the world. UNITY, FAITH, DICIPLINE

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    ~~~~~~warm wishes to Pakisthanis~~~~~from SL

  • Nutcutlet on February 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @jackiethe pen. Hi, again! you're definitely on Flower's case and I am beginning to share some of your frustration, despite being a fan of his. I think it's time to take stock of his plusses and minusses. Clearly, he is a v good manager of his men. He devotes time & energy unstintingly to get into the players' heads, sensitive to their contrasting personalities. For example, I'm surmising that he's spent a disproportionate amount of time with KP, getting him to think 'team' which was so evident in the Ashes last winter. He succeeded there. Then there is the business of loyalty. It goes two ways & generally is an admirable trait. He is unswervingly loyal to Strauss, & together they have moved mountains. But there is a sense that this loyalty is now a dilemma. He's backed his men in these tough times, but they (the mid-order) have not repaid his faith. It goes against his nature to abandon those he has nurtured. Nonetheless, the time has come to be an executive, not just a kind manager.

  • Beingreasonable on February 6, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    Really happy to see Pakistan doing well... hope they build on this :) Just hoping that politics stays out of it and only the deserving are chosen to play. Always believed that Pakistan had the most skilled players but they lacked the guidance and discipline. Really happy to see you guys doing well and hope the batting improves as well! Your neighbor a Sri lankan!

  • Playmaker005 on February 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    the cornered tigers roar once again and establish their supremacy all over the world..whos next?bring it on ..w8ing for a delicious greenwashed aussies cry..just cnt w8 4 august..misbah u r simply a masterplanner,above all other factors sai here pitch,spin,etc...it was misbahs brainy brilliance wich got better of whole english think tank...even if this series had been playd on a green england pitch,pakistan wud hve greenwashed coz neitherr the englishmen have the balls to face paki passion,nor they have the brains to tackle misbahs brilliance..man hve a luk at hw cleverly he chngd the end of ajmal after just 1 over to hve the better of anderson...

    and for all thosse shittyheads who talkin bout pakistan winning on dead asian tracks..let me take u bk in recent history:

    2001..pak vs eng in eng ..series drawn !-1

    2006 Pak vs eng in..eng won by 2-1(4match series)and england won the last match due to forfeiture by pak..daryl hair controversy

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:57 GMT

    Reasons for a whitewash: India in England 2011 and Australia 2011/2012 "a failure to adapt to the conditions" . England against Pakistan 2012 " Copy and paste " the same reasons. Two average sides that thrive in home conditions. You can expect England and Australia to whitewash Pakistan if playing at home and Pakistan and India to whitewash Australia and England in home conditions. Truth of the matter is that there aren't any dominant sides in world cricket at the moment only pretenders. England should have won today as there were no demons in the pitch and four wickets and two dropped catches came from the bowling of a pace bowler not a spinner. England were poor and had mentally disintegrated. Scores of 192,72,141 are an embarrassment to the " numero uno ? " boys who were playing a team with only three front line bowlers, Ajmal, Gul and Rehman.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Team Pakistan exhibits great power,MashaAllah

  • frozeninusa on February 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan. At least one sub-continent team is winning at the moment.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    I think this was supposed to be a match review. I guess the editor David Hopps got a little carried away here due to the humiliation his team got at the hands of Pakistan. The article was very unprofessional.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    What it doesn't say about the LBW's was the the series that this holds a record with was 5 matches...66% longer than this. THis series was on target to thrash that record and top 60. Staggering really. Why the englisah essp don't play with their bats. Pads are for defending your legs from pain, not actually playing cricket with. Well done Pakistan - deserved winners

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan, but that's not enough for OUR players to be part of IPL. Is it TRUE???

  • hasanwadd on February 6, 2012, 18:46 GMT

    wooooowww....great...gud win against the #1. test team..WELL DONE GREEN SHIRTS..now the question is that can IND beat ENG with their club level bowling attack like Ashwin..Rahul Sharma..viny kumar?...lol..they are just IPL bowlers..plz dont give them that task they cant acheive... plz u Indians dont compare your average bowlers with AJMAL..Rehman..Hafiz and Gulli..again IND will Witewash ENG 4-0 with said above bowlers...lol..

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Simply best Pakistan.... Many many congratulations and best of luck rest of the en-counters. PAKISTAN ZINDABAD......

  • Naikan on February 6, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Great win! Congratulations to Pakistan. There were a few aspects that Pakistan benifited from. - They played to win; England are poor in their ability to play in the subcontinent; Pakistan has good reserves in the bowling department and came up with a fresh crop of world class bowlers when their front line bowlers could not play due to various reasons; But finally and the greatest reason I feel is Misbah's captainship and all players playing as a team. By the way Misbah I believe has equalled the record for the most successful victory ratio by those who have captained 15 or more tests. The record was earlier held by Douglas Jardine alone.

  • hhillbumper on February 6, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    The fact is Pakistan played better and were deserving winners.The English bowling was good but the batting was abysmal.While I don't feel the need for sweeping changes Morgan has to go for good and suprised by Bell. Lets hope they can prove themselves in Sri Lanka.Well done Pakistan and we lost to the better team.

  • honestno2 on February 6, 2012, 18:37 GMT

    This is by far Our biggest achievement till date.....but i m sure this is just a begining.....Way to go....All the best My Pak...No cricket in Pak...doesnt matter...cricket is in our vein !!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Two full paras on Adnan? The writer seems to have lost balance and instead of reporting more details of the game or analyisng it has expended too many words on Adnan Akmal! Crinfo, do you have any editorial guidelines? LOL!!!!!!!!!

  • H-Shakil on February 6, 2012, 18:34 GMT

    Truly a heart winning performance by Pakis :D, GO GREEN!!!!! ; however real test would be offshores and, there are many areas to improve like fielding, opening and a 2nd fast bowler to partner Gul. Also totally agree that icc rating system is flawed and it should be edited to take into account home n away wins as it has serious impact on a team's performance as evident.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    here are my comments on the win ..."DO IT DO IT....YES YES....ALL GOOD!!!"

  • AKUSA on February 6, 2012, 18:29 GMT

    A true team effort from Pakistan. Throughout the series in every inning one or the other player stepped up. Not just Ajmal, Rehman, and Gul with the bowl but Azhar, Younus, Hafiz, Misbah, Asad, Adnan, one or the other dug in when it was needed. There were only two centuries in the series bit if you look at the number of half centuries that Pakistani batsmen pulled it made the difference in the low scoring test. Only Aizaz Cheema and Junaid Khan did not get a chance to shine, or at times even break in the new ball. They will get their shot. Selecting a balanced side and sticking to it helps. Finally Pakistani board gets it right. Hats off to Mahsin Khan also.

  • c4551m on February 6, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. No one expected Pakistan to win in this Fashion, as I earlier posted that You can never under estimate Pakistan , now they are becoming more and more predictable. Best of luck with rest of the tour . Whites have been White washed :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    I predicted 3-0 before the start. Where r the poms now? England is a weak test team. Go Pakistan! We are with u.

  • Long-Leg on February 6, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan. I for one have no complaints as you outplayed us fair and square in three test matches. The matches were played in the right kind of competitive spirit and, if we had to lose, then at least we did so to a decent bunch of blokes. A fascinating series which has re written the record books and proved once again that Test Cricket is the finest form of the game. Shame there couldn't be a 4th match!

  • oze13 on February 6, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    A great victory by Pakistan. Remember it was in a neutral venue as well. England need to look at who can bat against spin. Obviously Pietersen, Bell and Morgan can't. It may need horses for courses and like the selection of bowlers, selection of batsmen may depend on whether the wickets taking spin!

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    England players would not sleep today night. They would dream of Saeed Ajmal and Rehman for next couple of days. They are only No.1 at home not anywhere else. Old saying, " Cat is lion at home".

  • moBlue on February 6, 2012, 18:20 GMT

    ENG lose abjectly and cricinfo's UK editor gets vicious against adnan akmal while glossing over the #1-ranked-team's walking parade of batters who - throughout the series - obediently apologized and left the field as quickly as they came in at the mere sign of PAK's two spinners. david, you should quit your day job and stick to poetry and leave writing about cricket to others - especially considering that you prognosticated that younis khan was inevitably heading toward retirement before he made you look silly with that 127 and that brilliant slip catch...

  • NaniIndCri on February 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan, well played!!!

    This ranking system is killing cricket. Every team is making pitches friendly to them and others teams cannot play on them. With one solid home series teams are going to top, and when they tour abroad then we see how pathetic they are.

    One solution is to give less or no points to a home win. Then teams will be forced to win outside their comfort zone, there will be less reward in making pitches favorable to one side.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Its EYE WASH rather than white wash.... England should understand that without performing well on these kinds of pitches you can never be no. 1.... well done pakistan (seriously it comes from an Indian Fan)

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @satish619chandar on (February 06 2012, 11:19 AM GMT) - Full respect for decent comms there. There's not much to argue with there. Only re Engs batting , I think it was fear rather than complacency that cost us in the main. Oh and decent Pakistan bowling of course.

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    @Posted by on (February 06 2012, 13:43 PM GMT) The ranking system is not a hoax at all. England beat many sides that were ranked either around them or above them - some convincingly. Pakistan have been absolutely immense in this series and full credit to them , but the rankings are based more on a league format and it's not a knockout format. I hope they build on this great series win.

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    @Stark62 on (February 06 2012, 13:37 PM GMT) - Bud , you're more confident than me. It was strange that it looked easier to bat for guys like Broad and Prior than it did for our so called batsmen. I wish we could transplant the balls of players like Broad and Swann into our specialist batsmen. Congrats team Pak. By the way I actually like the greenwash term some of you guys are coming out with. Just wish it wasn't us who were greenwashed.

  • No1cricketfan on February 6, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    @Radiya Asham on (February 06 2012, 17:01 PM GMT) the 100 yrs record is for the team posting less 100 in the 1st inn of the test. (not first inn of a team in the test).Why is Mr Hopps is picking on Adnan Akmal.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:09 GMT

    awesome victory.. :))..... very Glad.... :))

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    Pakistan must not forget that Pakistan's own batting frailities were overshadowed by their opponents worst every batting performance. Pakistan may be fine in such conditions but they will be tested a lot when they visit seaming conditions in England, SA and AUS as was evident by the way they were bowled out for a mere 99 on first day slightly seaming/swining conditions.

  • PACERONE on February 6, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    England are lucky that they did not have to play on a real friendly spinners wicket.I notice that if bowlers do not bowl to batsmen strength they usually fail.Pakistan did not bowl too many short balls or gave the batsmen too much room to play cuts and pulls.I also noticed that you could count the balls hit in front of the wicket by English batsmen.Take away the boundaries hit and you will notice that they spent a lot of time either blocking or missing balls bowled at them.Pakistan were better prepared than England.There goes the shine off Flower been a genius with Strauss.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:05 GMT

    Heartiest Congratulations from India to our neighbouring country Pakistan. They deserved it they played like true champions. Despite countries refusing to tour pakistan, political imbalance in country, afridi spat with board, spot fixing scandals they have played like lions. I am really happy for our brothers and sisters living on the other side of border

  • Srini_Indian on February 6, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    Yorkshirematt: There is nothing more embarrassing than scoring more than 200 just twice in the series by the so-called World's no.1 team. lol

  • chamalqif on February 6, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    well done PAK. wishes from SL. what happened to so cold NO 1 test team? they also play only in england, AUS. Come to asia and show colors. During SL/SA matches, commentators predicted that England will make the series 1-1 and when they come to SL, they will win the series 1-0. wonder how they predict so.

  • Srini_Indian on February 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Congrats to all Pakistan fans who support India. Enjoy it as long as possible and don't forget to give the English the same treatment in shorter formats. Very disappointed with Cricinfo, i have noticed this for a while now when their favorite teams(AUS & ENG) beats the sub-continental teams, they use strong words like bullied, battered, thrashed, humiliated to describe the losses but when the sub-continental teams beat AUS & ENG, the headlines would be as soft, calm, cool they can be.

  • Purple-Patch on February 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    LOL @ Humayun Maqbool.....LOVING IT :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Congratulations Pakistan on a whitewash! Great show! Idk, how many times that a side getting out for a sub-100 score in the first innings went on to win a Test! But w/o taking anything at all from Pak bowlers, it is the English batting approach both in the first innings and the second innings that was completely feckless and devoid of even a shred of intelligence. If this team had any pride in its number one ranking, it ought to have shown far more intelligence, resolve and courage while batting. At least pace tests your eye and reflexes. What does spin do? Yet, the English batsmen suffered such a brain fade even before they reached the crease (esp. the top three) that they they had given up any thought of scoring. I had recently developed some respect for the English batting but that evaporated in the desert sun today. Strauss' strategy as a skipper and skill as an opening batsmen needs a serious review if England toys with any idea of restoring the pride whitewash today.

  • yasser007 on February 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    congrats pak!! i was at oval match when the fixing controvesy had just surfaced!!and as i die hard pak cricket fan, i was totally devastated to hear what they were being accused of, which we all no later was true...and for a team to rise from that and all the turmoil from teams not touring pk and to deliver a 3-0 its just awesome and just reward for the team and fans who stuck by the team! i am greatly heartened to see comments from our asan neighbours and the whole of asia.. it seems this team is winning hearts aswell as matches...i really hope india can stop bringing politics into it and resume cricketing ties with pk...even if it is in neutral country..the cricket fans aound deserve those epic encounters, l think by not selecting the pk players for ipl...or champions league it has been extremely unjust but at the same time that in a funny way has helped this team develop without the distractions that come with the money

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    well done Pakistan team.. You make our nation proud .. we love u all. Great stuff..

  • dariuscorny on February 6, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    @Naveed Khan i know u r excited ,well u shud be.n im also aware of the fact that India suffered the humiliation of whitewashes recently.but still India are capable enough to beat Pakistan in these conditions coz in these conditions their struggling batsmen can very easily tackle ur spinners .yes i know Pak are on a roll and India are a struggling outfit these days.hope they show their true might when they meet u in Asia cup

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    really Pakistan has outdone England in every aspect of the game.

  • smjr on February 6, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    Many congratulations to Pakistan Team for a memorable series victory and the first team in the history since 1907 to score less than 100 runs in first inning of the match and still won the match which is quite an accomplishment. There are still grey areas in Pakistan team viz-a-viz (i) Opening batsman (Taufiq stands no where) (ii) A genuine fast bowler other than Umer gul (Cheema and Junaid though looks good at times but they are average bowlers, Wahab Riaz looks good (iii) Catching & ground fielding (iv) good alround capabilities of tail end batsman. I believe England are still very good team maintaining standards in whatever the situation of the match. Strauss has rightly said that you cannot be champion team or poor team in overnight in test cricket. This English team will not be easy to be beaten in Sri Lanka or India later this year. I believe they will remain number 1 for at least 2 years.SA will not beat NZ 3-0 in coming test series and England will beat SA at home.

  • ZeeYou on February 6, 2012, 17:55 GMT

    Before the start of the series there was a lot of talk from English media that cricket will be boring in the UAE on dead pitches and we will get 700 run innings draws each time. I dont know what did they base those views on.

    I on the other was surprised with such predictions and had quoted, on an article like this, that those who watched the Pak v SL series in the UAE will know that run making will not be easy in UAE, that we will see results in all of the games, and that lower order runs will prove to be the difference in the series. Almost all of this has proved to be true. I just had not predicted a 3-0 scoreline (in either direction)!! In the words of Adnan Akmal " well done well done" Pakistan

  • cricexpt on February 6, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan, Great work, Whitewashing those English players GREAT. As far as captaincy goes Misbah is a good captain, But don't count out Wasim or Imran. Under the captaincy of Imran Pakistan won the world cup. Wasim's team was almost unbeatable in the 99 world cup.

  • cricketdebator on February 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    In my opinion, the ICC should scrap the so-called test ranking, because what this series has shown is that there is no number one team in world test cricket. No team is dominat when playing overseas. Every team is merely good in their own backyard to the point where the situation is almost comical. None-the-less, congratulation to Pakistan. Clearly they played the best cricket in this series and thoroughly deserved their success.

  • suve on February 6, 2012, 17:53 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, you guys truly deserve this brilliant victory. - SL Fan

  • Purple-Patch on February 6, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    *CONGRATULATIONS* to Pakistan, if any team deserved a victory like this then its them. After all the negativity surrounding the game and country alike this is something that will surely help them move on. Well done to England and in particular their bowlers after all it was their batsmen who let them down. Pakistan's bowling yet time and time again proved to be the match & series winner, if only the batsmen can step up to the plate more regularly and support the bowlers and if they improve their fielding you could be looking at the World Number one team, who knows. "Last but not least, I really hope that England and in particular the media and certain ex-players will accept that Pakistan beat England fair and square and that they don't accuse them of cheating, it seems whenever Pakistan beat England there is always some kind of excuse and accusation."

  • yorkshirematt on February 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Pakistan deserve the win but I don't think England were completely outplayed. The batting is a huge concern but, with the exception of the first test England have at least had a sniff throughout most of the games. More so than India in England and Australia anyway.

  • cricexpt on February 6, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Poor article, not even once used the words BRILLIANT,GREAT OR FANTASTIC ACHIEVEMENT. If England beat India in England they are a great becoming legends. But if Pakistan beats England means completing formality or as Expected.Come Mr.David Hopps or cricinfo team write unbiased reviews.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    Brilliant writing, loved the last two paras.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:45 GMT

    We are Waqar's Toe-crushers, Wasim's In-Swingers!!! We are Saeed Anwar's 194, Inzamam's fireworks in the 92 Semi-Final. We are Super Captain Imran Khan. We are Afridi's fastest hundred. We are Abdul Rehman's 7 for. We are Gul's burst of wickets. We are Ajmal's Teesra. We are Azhar and Younis..who grind out 100's for fun :) We don't need rankings...we don't need advertisements. You don't want to come to our house..Fine..We will take you on anywhere..We can defend 142, we can finish a test match in 3 days...we can score 99 runs in the first innings and still beat the Number 1 test team in the world. We like our walls White..and this is why we enjoy a WhiteWash!! Pakistan Zindabad.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:41 GMT

    David u spent more time criticizing the winning team and its keeper and barely shed light on the humiliating defeat of the "looser"

  • smjr on February 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal...... The record is that the first inning of the match and not the first inning score of team being less than 100 and that team still won the test match. The information tabulated by cricinfo staff is absolutely correct. So Pakistan is the only team that has repeated the record after 1907

  • jibzz_100 on February 6, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    NOW WHAT THE people will say about pakistan...the team which cant play in their own den and was gathered by the controversies has outplayed The best(So Called) side...now what the critics will say regarding the team whose players are always refrain from IPL and Champions league t20...Its simply a question mark on dumb ICC(indian cricket council) and BCCI.....

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 6, 2012, 17:38 GMT

    Well Done Green Team. Hope Nation Will See Such Great Performance & Fighting Cricket in Future Series. But I Think Real Test for Pakistan Will Be on Green Top Pitches in England & Australia. Now I Can Say That Spot Fixing Scandal Left Positive Impact on Pakistan Cricket Which World Can See Now!!! Excellent Pakistan

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    We salute our valiant cricket team on their Historic whitewash of England in the Test Series (2012) ♥ ♥ ♥ ......... Rising above adversily doubt and fear our cricket Champions have achieved the Incredible................♥ ♥ ♥ L ♥ U Team Pakistan...:) ______________________ Now we understand which 'teesra' Saeed Ajmal was talking about. Pakistan 3 England 0.........♥ :D :P

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    maybe strauss said in dressing room. we are white and they just washed us.. so no need to take bath now.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Commiserations to England but i am quite a surprised on having to target Adnan Akmal in 3 paragraphs of your report!

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Most of the readers of article have figured out a Mistake in "first win in 100 years after getting bowled out in less than 100 in the first innings"...it actually was the FIRST cz the team batting first did it after getting out less than 100...dont mix it up with team batting second"which is their first inning"..That of course has happened more than once with the latest achieved by South Africa...

  • keptalittlelow on February 6, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    Well done our unsung stars, you have proved that hardwork and dedication are always rewarded. Lets spare a thought for the English players who worked extremely hard in unfamiliar conditions, hopefully they can appreciate now why Pakistan does not do so well in English conditions.

  • jackiethepen on February 6, 2012, 17:26 GMT

    I'm amazed that no-one ever criticises the coach when England lose heavily but praise abounds for Flower when England wins. Why is this? There is a connection between the ODI whitewash losses in India and the Test whitewash against Pakistan. The team wasn't the same but the coach was. Flower admitted that his approach hadn't worked in India. There was a demoralised ODI side that became bad tempered. At least the Test side kept its temper but they are clearly demoralised. Now tell me - how will Flower help his team to recover their morale? Or hasn't he the faintest idea? He likes to threaten them. Perhaps he should try another approach now that has failed?

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    India will never play against Pakistan in India. Any defeat would be debilitating for the Psyche of nation on "the rise'. Losing to an arch rival and that too most Indians consider as a failed state would bring chills down the spine, it could lead to communal violence and even a skirmish along the volatile Line of Control in Kashmir. I personally feel that BCCI will never take such a risk. If Pakistan is defeated it is not a big deal, because at least on paper Pakistan is ranked 3 notches below India in Test and ODI. I have always found BCCI as a courage-less and spineless organization. They are just interested in making money. On another note, I would urge Sahara to sponsor either Pakistan or Australia. Sahara is a global corporation and they would like to be branded with the winning team. I do not see any bright prospects for Indian Cricket in Test Matches.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Congratulation to all the members of Pakistan cricket team, management, Pakistanis living in Pakistan and abroad...This victory belongs to u. India, where r u...Pakistan is ready to fight with u...Come on the ground and fight with Pakistan, if u r really world champion otherwise give ur world cup to Pakistan... Geo to Aisay...Geet kar geo....Geo Pakistan cricket team....

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    Apart from that brilliant Ashes performance what have this England side done away from home? Lost in India, Sri Lanka, drew in South Africa. even managed to lose in the West Indies. And tbh they were helped by some bowler friendly conditions in a couple of the test matches in Australia and a poorly selected Australian team. A team that is good as they thought they were should be winning series and if not at least be competitive away from home. Even without Murali I think they will struggle in Sri Lanka (mendis and herath are good bowlers in their home conditions) and Sri Lanka's batting is a lot stronger than Pakistan's .

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Come on India dont Shy away dont make excuses ant time any where . Pakistan and India are not far from each other atleast their sholud be anther Asian test champion ship nothing will harm any one if a couple of matches are held in each Asian cricketing country it will be a great event and a great test for all.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    ladies nd gentlemen we call this a GREENWASH !! hahaha

  • Rahulbose on February 6, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    More than a few sour grapes in that article. Pakistan is a great nation and its cricket team is not homeless. Adnan Akmal might be an excitable fellow, but I would watch him over the potty mouth Matt prior any day, jelly beans anyone?

  • sal485 on February 6, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    @Mohit and Bipil...l First time in 100 years, a team has won the Test after getting all out on less than 100 in 1st innings of the match.SA was playing their 1st innings after AUS had played their innings.

  • seantells on February 6, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    in the first place ENG should take out that PINK colour from headgear ,collect themselves together and play as they did for second innings in ODI's gone is gone

  • kazimusman on February 6, 2012, 17:16 GMT

    Congrats to all pakistanis....But one thing I want say that England play badly, they had their changes but they couldnt really capitalized....Srilankaaaa beware of them, .....Pakistan Zindabad

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team, I am proud of u!!

  • TTking on February 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    England lost this match in their 1st inning where they played defensive after bowling Pakistan for 99....they should have come out agressive minded. Congrats Pak...

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Ian Botham's comment in the second test sums it up: "England, poor. Pakistan, excellent". The series was played in good spirit. Applause for both teams.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Unfortunately Davis Hopps bias is oozing out from this report. I agree that the British Media could not dent Team Pakistan's image or their morale as historical "Tesra" used by English Team as the weapon of Mass Destruction for visiting Team Pakistan. A reflection on Adnan Akmal in this article is totally uncalled for. Mr Hopps why are you venting out your steam of frustration on poor 5 Footer Akmal, who took 6 catches in Abu Dhabi Match with a topping cream of over 60 runs.

    I would rather suggest that instead of banking on seamers in heavy weather conditions and jailing Pakistani talent on a petty crime, try learn how to improve technical skills of your batters for meeting spiners of class.

    Try examine if some Maz Magis (An imaginary psuedo name for English version of Mazhar Majeed) managed some inroads in the Team England camp.... A probe is definitely warranted as such a classy defeat was not on the cards in our wildest dreams

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    i believe in following facts #1 england lost, not because they played badle, but because pakistan played wonderfully well. #2 england is still the best team in the world closely followed by south africa and australia #3 england will defeat both srilanka and india.....

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    Totally agreed with jango_moh, the writer does not seem to me a unbiased analyst......anyway dear writer just write what you feel...we will Inshallah beat every team on their soil...

  • AtharMunir on February 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    That was a wonderful team performance. Congratulations to Pakistan on such a historic victory. English batsmen could never gain the confidence to face Pakistan bowlers. All of the three matches finished before fifth day. Pakistan has outclassed England and let us give this credit to Misbah's men. They were disciplined, focused and united. I appreciate Mr. Strauss who acknowledged the performance of Pakistan team. Its an eye opener for world teams like SA,Australia and India that these guys in green shirts are no more an unpredictable side they have learnt a lot from their last tour of England. And as Misbah said in the press conference that its right time for international Cricket to return to Pakistan. Its good for cricket. Its good for 2nd largest cricket loving nation.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    In Pakistan's 2010 tour of England English Media with the help of Indians tried to finish Pakistan Cricket due to the spot fixing conspiracy, but today their cricket has been finished. Well done Team Pakistan.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Congrats to Pak from Australia.

    To everyone who's saying that this not the first time in over 100 years that a team won the match while scoring less than 100 runs in first innings and SA did this back in 2011/12 at Cape Town ........ Well That too was a great victory BUT South Africa scored 96 in the 2nd innings of the match, means they won the toss and elected to field, while Pak scored 99 in the first innings of the match.

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/engine/match/514029.html

    That said, it was still an achievement to bowl Aus out for merely 47 runs.

  • Theadilahmad on February 6, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Excellent play from the Pakistani side. England ought to learn how to play spin and reverse swing bowling by now. Lets hope they play better against India and SL.

  • DingDong420 on February 6, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Its a brownwash!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Bravo 'Team Pakistan'...

  • DingDong420 on February 6, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Well played Pakistan, its about time it was shown that not all teams are as great on the road as they are on the road. Asian teams will probably play 75%+ of their cricket on pitches that suit us. It seems the English dont travel that well themselves

    Hammad Naveed......how old are you?????

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    first of all, major congrats to Pakistan, totally deserved win, england's batting failed to adapt against sustained accuracy from the PAK spin attack & Umar Gul....3-0 is a bad result for england, now it's down to see if they can learn from this, and to a degree, the same goes to Pakistan's batting, can they learn to adapt their techniques playing in Aus/SA/Eng etc...good luck to them, they're a good team.......secondly, this goes out to the Indian trolls who give this board a bad name....you need to get a swift reality check, as no matter how bad England's batting has been against Pakistan, they'd still be FAR too strong for your 'popcorn' bowling attack, no any surface....lol

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:58 GMT

    Well played Pakistan and you truly deserved this! Let's not drag India, IPL etc into the discussion and enjoy good cricket.

  • luck002 on February 6, 2012, 16:54 GMT

    Hahaha....The undeserved no.1 team got deservedly thrashed by a spirited and unified PAK team.Congrats to PAK.If they continue to play collectively in foreign conditions,they will surely rise up the rankings.As for ENG,hope they they have learnt their lessons well so that they can at least be competitive (forget about winning) in SL and IND test series.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Once again Pakistan Team proves that they are dominate side of cricket, Misbah should be a proud captain well done Misbah and well done team Pakistan we as a Nation salute you on your great success,Before the start of the series England was taking Pakistan as a under dog team but now what the Strauss is thinking is pretty much clear.Now Pakistan team should look at oneday series as t20 as well Pakistan must have to retain his winning streak and try to show again his performance as they shown in the test series.Pakistan team also to look a step ahead of all this now,They should have to practice much harder and get the number 1 position in both test and oneday as well i believe that they can because the downfall of Pakistan cricket team has been gone now,now they can get it.At last again i deeply appreciate Misbah's captaincy as well Coach Mohsin khan's coaching along with all team players effort good luck team Pakistan for the rest of the series.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    thought swann gonna chew his hat? he he he

  • stari09 on February 6, 2012, 16:52 GMT

    Let's be perfectly honest, Ajmal breaks down and Pakistan would be in trouble. Their batting was awful right through the series, except for one innings in the last test. As a neutral I think no country needs to be worried about what was on show in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Very average cricket all round, apart from what I said, some fantastic spin bowling from the Pakistani's and the Indian.

  • RohanMarkJay on February 6, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    Pakistan, Kings of the Middle Eastern Desert. Seriously well played, and great for the game of cricket to see a genuinely talented highly skillful inventive cricket team do well in world cricket. Sri Lanka too when they do well is very exciting to watch for cricket. Same with Pakistan. England's a professional unit, but when Professionalism meets sheer God given talent. There can be only one winner and that is God given talent!

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:50 GMT

    Just Stunning dudes you were awesome in the whole series. Hope Pakistan will also show their true talent in odis & t20s. Amazing Series Whitewash. Every Pakistani is Proud of u guys. Hust !!!! EPIC !!!! EPIC !!!! EPIC !!!!

  • ultrasnow on February 6, 2012, 16:48 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad, from an Indian cricket fan :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    good going pakistan...... well done wat a game show

  • yorkslanka on February 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    Well done to Pakistan on a superb whitewash..this was thoroughly deserved and the future looks good for this Pakistan team...before this series I predicted that Ajmal would get more wickets than Swann and that proved to be true but I don't xpect him to fare worse than rehman and monty also..the latter proved (again) that he is the best spinner in England. Now commenting as a non neutral for the next series, I hope England don't bounce back with a vengeance against us in April...

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    This is a match report and not supposed to be an essay on Adnan Akmal's noises, that too in a crude manner. Mr Hopps should learn a few things about the 'beat' they are covering. He surely missed a point that should have been here. Eng lost because of the pitches, but did they win against India because of the pitches too?

  • sk12 on February 6, 2012, 16:38 GMT

    hmmm so its a white wash.. looks like the Ind-Eng series later this year might be a close one after all.

  • yorkshirematt on February 6, 2012, 16:36 GMT

    That ICC number 1 mace thing is a poisoned chalice. Throw it in the Thames, if SA don't claim it by beating NZ.

  • Mappi on February 6, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    We need to correct england were whitewashed in India 3-0, some where in 1990's believe Gooch was England captain, now batting coach. England batting struggled badly, great achievement by Pakistan they have to move on, England are throughly professional side had accept their defeat with open arm, they failed to conquer the last front.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Pakistan spin has done wonders, a white wash was not expected.Pakistan still have a long way to go,still don't see them winning in alien conditions,England,SouthAfrica and Australia.They are far from being the world beaters but many easily they are the best in Asia!

  • RoshanF on February 6, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    Brilliant. Can't say this was unexpected as the Pakistani's have started something which could get even bigger if their board and system do not interfere as it normally happens in the sub-continent. And Mevan. yes, Misbah is a quiet captain who gets his team going. And no Imran was a magnificent captain and Asia's greatest ever cricketer. The difference is that Imran captained a whole team of 'egos', whereas this team is on the building phase and not many egos around. So Misbah's style is a good fit. Yes, sterner tests await them when they tour Australia, South Africa or England. But I believe they will only get better. For one thing this is the most balanced bowling attack around. A little more consistency in their bating and they will be very hard to beat - anywhere.

  • ZsZs on February 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I love that little wicket keeper. He is full of spirit and spunk. You need that.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Thank God!!! All those Canadian full nights of staying up and going to work fully drowsy were paid off by Pakistan: Congratulations Team Mibah, Please work on your pace bowlers now, as away tours are going to be more challenging, for spin bowlers especially. Ahmed Waqas

  • ZsZs on February 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    A hearty congratulations to Pakistan from Bangladesh! Well done guys, and may further fortune bestow you on your success. Now go practice catching - you are world beaters and that is the easiest to fix. With this bowling lineup you will take on Giants, wait, you have :).

  • Munkeymomo on February 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT

    Pakistan were very, very impressive and definitely deserve the whitewash 100%. Most talk is about the bowling but for me, the batting won them this series. The England bowlers performed admirably, almost if not as well as the Pakistan attack. But the Pakistan batsmen applied themselves brilliantly and didn't give up. Having said that the Pakistani attack was also very consistent and, although the English batsmen didn't play them as well as they could, the bowlers deserved the rewards they reaped with tight bowling. Gul, Rehman and Ajmal are a very potent attack in these conditions.

  • MENDIS_Forever on February 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    well played Pakistan brothers!!! You deserve to be the champ no.1. -Sri Lankan fan.

  • iluvcricinfo on February 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    Sweet present from Pakistan to India. Is Australia touring Pakistan?

  • IJustLoveCricket on February 6, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    My heartiest congratulations to Pakistan first of all... Such a contrast, Indian team plays for money and Pakistan for pride... And secondly whenever a sub-continent team loses test series outside the sub-continent, I see tons of articles saying these teams are flat track bullies, they don't prepare sporting tracks, they just can't play on sportier tracks and what not... But when these outside teams tour sub-continent and are outplayed there are no such articles. Why??? If this result went the other way around, I'm sure Bob Willis, Geoff Boycott, Michael Vaughan et al would have all lined up to give their opinions/suggestions on improving the pitches, players attitude, one dimensional tracks etc. Where the hell are these guys now, did you guys bury your faces in those grassy pitches in england???

  • PricelessPak on February 6, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    great great win by Pakistan, they had belief and discipline, they showed it all the way and things fell in places just right for them, congratulations, i would rate this victory right up there with very best in cricketing world (especially keeping in mind what Pakistan cricket has been through in last few years).. keep it up boys love your work !!

  • AmitSB on February 6, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    Umm @ cricket_purist - Not the first asian side.. India whitewashed England 3-0 in the 1993 series..

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:22 GMT

    The entire coverage for that matter on espncricinfo has been found wanting in adequate praise for the way Pakistan played. I expected a better acknowledgement for the wonderful achievement of the pakistani team rather than the over analysis of Annan Amal and his screeches. It is a historic event and this report is way off target. Disappointed.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Well...! Its nice to hear the tones in which the English fans are talking now. Well done Pakistan, and point truly proved that test cricket batting has spiralled down a long, long way. Now, waiting for Australia and England to come to India

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:20 GMT

    Now, what more contraversy can England bring to this whitewash? Why Ajmal was not sweating or Gul did not brush his teeth or Rehman was spitting on pitch to make it softer?

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    When England defeated India, they said they were the champs. And now Pak bashed around Eng and are calling themselves world's best. Fact is, Pak is just average and England is pathetic just like India was in Eng and Oz test series. Once Eng Oz come to India, they will be gang probed. We shall see the the greatness of Pak in Asia cup.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    sometimes i thought whoz world champion ?? the team who win ODI worldcup n losing in almost in every series or the team who whitewashed the number one test (real cricket) team.wht ever Green Shirts iz my Number 1 team ;D we love you team in green .. n Congrats for Consecutive 5th Series Victory ;D

  • Mr.bhatti on February 6, 2012, 16:16 GMT

    thats a great team work and great captioncy by Misbah,now i think that only 1 bastman and 1 pacebowler needed this team to become a world best team,i love pakistan love that team.well done pakistani cricket,

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    PAKISTAN made a history (Out in 1st inng in less than 100 runs & won the match ) , which was not yet done any asian country even India ,,,, Many Many Cngratttttts to PAKISTAN.......! Well Done Again......

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    All teams are lions at their home.Anyway congrats to Pak at this moment!

  • adnan_rifat84 on February 6, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Few people asking that how Pakistan won since after 1907 making less than 100 in there 1st innings, people saying that South Africa did this with Australia last year November 2011, to all those dudes difference is just this that Pakistan played in very 1st innings of THE MATCH and make 99 runs BUT in that match which was played between Australia and South Africa, Australia batted first in first innings made 284 runs all out then South Africa played (basically first innings of the South Africa BUT it was the second innings of the MATCH) 96 all out then Australia all out at 47 and then South Africa won the match chasing 236 runs. Over all it is 11th or 12th time that a team won making less than 100 in any innings. Check the site for that match http://www.espncricinfo.com/south-africa-v-australia-2011/engine/match/514029.html

  • LastLaugh_PK on February 6, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    A victory for Pakistan does not automatically translate into a victory for SL and Ind. I for one would be rooting for England. The English side is the second favourite side for most Pakistanis after Pakistan ofcourse. They are still the #1 test side in the world, its a pity they had to face a Pak side that is on the up and really efficient in these conditions.

  • igorolman on February 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, this was proper old-fashioned test cricket (after the first day), grind your way into a good position and let pressure do the rest. There were no real demons in the pitch, yes it turned but it's a day 4 pitch out of the rough for god's sake! Anyway, half the batsmen were out playing the wrong shot. Wtf was Broad thinking? And Swann's wasn't full enough to drive at that early. Assuming the top 5 are fireproof (captain, captain-elect, run machine, star diva and golden boy, the last 3 all coming off huge series against India), the only question is at 6, busted flush, new boy or Prior and 5 bowlers? I fear the former ... BTW I would like to rescind my former comments about Ajmal, when I saw him in NZ he was definitely chucking every other ball, but here it looked a lot straighter. Top bowler and hope he wreaks the same havoc on SA!

  • TaylorSwift on February 6, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    Well done, Pakistan! This is one for the history books.

  • Aathiff on February 6, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    This is a historical victory of Pakistan cricket. Alhamdulillah. Best wishes for Pakistan players & Mohshin khan. Advance wishes for ODI's & T20's victory............. PAKISTAN ZINTHABATH.............

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:06 GMT

    love this series. Hats off to Misbah , Mohsin and Coaching Staff for outplanning Legendary Coaches such as Flower , Gooch and Mushtaq.. You wont see not many teams bouncing back and winning the match after being shot out for 99 in 1st innings but then again not many teams are like Pakistan..

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    Historical Achievement For Pakistan Cricket..............!!!!!!!!!11

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    I love only cricket so do day iam very happy that My country celebriting the white washes so . I am Also celebrting , no like India,

  • AsimR on February 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Congatulations Pakistan. Well played everyone. A seemingly unparalleled bounce back after the vowes of 2010. But I tend to agree with comments from Ata ur Rehman. Pakistani cricketing management should not depened on spinners only as condictions would be different once they go out of Asia. Batting is still a bit jittery and so is the fielding. There us still a wat to do to tighten up some loose ends. Nevertheless, a great win for Misbah and company.

  • AsimR on February 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT

    Congatulations Pakistan. Well played everyone. A seemingly unparalleled bounce back after the vowes of 2010. But I tend to agree with comments from Ata ur Rehman. Pakistani cricketing management should not depened on spinners only as condictions would be different once they go out of Asia. Batting is still a bit jittery and so is the fielding. There us still a wat to do to tighten up some loose ends. Nevertheless, a great win for Misbah and company.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    the great and unforgettably victory for pakistan. superb,,,,,,,,,fantastiz.........mind blowing. indain,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,keeeeeeeeeeeeep this victory in mind.and.........

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    there is a thought going on among people that england is not good enough in asian conditions and thats why they lost. I strongly dissagree....... it was the excellence of pakistan, not the flaws of england. I am pretty sure that england will win in both sri lanka and india........ some people who are saying england dont deserve their number 1 ranking, I seriously dissagree with them...... #1 ranking only means that u r the best side in the world.....which england surely is.....and there should not be any doubt in it... but this ranking does not mean that england will never lose.......... i can safely say that england is best team closely followed by south africa and australia........

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:56 GMT

    @Nutcutlet@OhhhMattyMatty@SiBaker@5Wombats@landl47@davidpk@JG2704… so on & so forth. Feel sad for you guys and your team. I know how it feels (twice over - one whitewash in England and then in Australia…the Australian saga continues. One thing is for sure. There is no clear cut top Test Cricket team at the moment! Until Asian teams learn to play well outside Asia and non-Asian teams learn to play well in Asia, there will be no real No 1, only many contenders. In a way, it is good for cricket. Compett5ition always improve quality.

  • Sinhaya on February 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    My prediction of a 3-0 TRIUMPH by TEAM PAKISTAN WAS SPOT ON RIGHT! Anyone would have seen my comments on the lead up to the test series that Pakistan is definitely going to win 3-0 in the tests! England will get hammered 2-0 in Sri Lanka for sure!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Congrat Pakistan You Deserve It.....

  • doubtingthomas on February 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Well at least the English side went down fighting. It's never easy to dominate in Tests away from home, and there's a long history to prove it, barring a few legendary teams. But in India's case, they did went down cowering in meek submission in England as well as Australia. The English team still has a spirit, and it'll take them through a few more summers. Kudos to Pakistan team though.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:48 GMT

    Well played Pakistan...Hats off to Misbah & Co.!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Congrates to Pak team!!! out standing unprecedented performance...........................................................!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    I will not be surprised to see the yellow Journalist British Tabloids bringing out another controversy-somehow,anyhow- against the winning team. Pakistan can never expect a single good word of appreciation from these Heros of dirty jouranlism. And for that reason it is also good for Pakistan because the yellow journalists have exposed themselves as nothing but a bunch of liars. Nobody is going to believe them. And as I said when Pakistan won the first test, I would repeat the same,but more loudly....JEEVEY...JEEVEY...JEEVEY...JEEVEY PAKISTAN.....PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN, JEEVEY PAKISTAN.

  • Romenevans on February 6, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    NO.1 TEAM!!!! Hmmmmm! Was that a sweat dream gifted by India and broken By Pakistan like a nightmare?

  • Meximillion on February 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    Ah, its amazing whitewash. Now the world cricket team have to go Pakistan and they have to change their minds regarding Pak cricket, really it's a horrible side.

  • rvn4159 on February 6, 2012, 15:45 GMT

    The piece on Adnan i shysterical, cant wait to see him.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    It Was On The Cards Because England Batsmen Are Awful Against The Class Spin Now What Naseer And Ian Botham Has To Say About Their Team Performence They Are Also A Home Bully And There Is Another WhiteWashed In OdIs And They Have To Suffer Another White Wash In Test In Oct-Nov Against Indians

  • riteshshah07 on February 6, 2012, 15:41 GMT

    England and India cannot dominate Test Cricket like Aussies and Windies have done in past. India can't play in seaming condition and England can't play in spinning conditions. We will see Aussies and South Africa rule the Cricket World again.

  • Adeel9 on February 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Hohoho... Where's Geoff Boycott and Nasser Hossain? This is really good time for a test cricket fan. Nobody's dominating and everything's wide open now. Good to see many teams competing neck to neck for top spots. Never was such a situation in the last decade or two.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 06 2012, 12:42 PM GMT), get over it sour grapes. The world has moved on. These are no first steps or baby steps. They've won and drew many series and now thoroughly owned your team. The world might soon forget that England is ranked no.1 if your batsmen look like circus dancers against spin.

  • reality_check on February 6, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    This reminds me of the words by Tom Hanks to Matt Damon at the end of the movie Saving Private Ryan... "You have earned it". That is exactly what Pakistan has done. No one will give you respect for free. You have to go and get it with grit and that is exactly what you did with this 3-0 whitewash. Same English media lambasting you in 2010 is now dumb founded and lost for words. This is the most fitting reply to all those who discounted you with disdain at that time. WELL DONE MOHSIN, MISBAH AND REST OF THE TEAM!!

  • Love-Pak on February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    One more thing i want to bring up now, we should be happy that Pakistan's team have done great job beating England with white wash series but with that lets be realistic and thinking little bit braodly. This win have come on subcontinent spinning pitches, nothing to take away from Pakistan's team though as i said and evry one clearly have seen that Pakistan's team have out classes England team in all 3 departments of the game. Having said that we need to be aware that when Pakistan's team will go to countries like Australia, England and South Africa then story will be different. Ajmal and Umer gul will perform well any where in the world on any kind of pitches, batsmen like Younus, Hafeez and Asad are likely to play well on seeming and boucny wickets too as they have done before but some of the palyers will not be that much effective there like Azhar, Toufeeq, Misbah, Abur Rehman and Adnan. Pont to be noted, there is still room for improvement.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    England can do much better in Srilanka and India. Srilanka and esp India's bowling attack is pathetic. If they make batting pitches, then their bowlers would get hammered by English Batsmen... but if they make spin friendly then Sri and India are going to taste their own medicine as England has far better spin attack then both teams. So i predict England will do much better there. As far as Pakistan spin or bowling attack is concerned, you can't compare them with Sri's or india's. So england shud go there with high hopes and thrash them. Pakistan is with you. :)

  • rahul1981 on February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    i know pakistanis have played brilliantly and many will take this opportunity to point a finger at indian performances. However the truth is that the venue for pak-eng is UAE. the top 3 wicket takers are ajmal (24) rehman (19) panesar(14) while Gul got merely 11 wickets. So no prizes for guessing the kind of pitches that were provided for the series. and btw ... the same english team after whitewashing india in england were themselves whitewashed in india 5-0 in ODIs.

  • StatisticsRocks on February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Just saw the highlights. Unbelieveable bowling by the Spin duo. I don't think even IND or SL, who are very good players of spin could have handled that.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT

    Tough walk for Zaka Ashraf. How would he replace Mohsin Khan as Coach.? Does he need a reverse white wash..? I mean England White wash Pakistan in ODIs and here comes Watmore. Lots of comission and other things come into play in Pakistan cricket. So lets get ready for the ODI serise as the nation may forget Mohsin's achievement in Test Cricket to accomodate a foreigner coach

  • cricketeria on February 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Greenwashed! Congrats Pakistan team, Misbah, Mohsin, Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Rehman all you fantastic cricketers! The Dobell/Hopps commentary has been very good and very nearly unbiased, except of course, that they're English, aren't they? Adnan Akmal is too loud, the DRS is too accurate...anyway, cricinfo has two good new writers. I celebrate this along with the 3-0! 3-0!!!! YES!

  • crickprof on February 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    great win by PAK cric team, hope to see that BCCI would not be biased and let them play in IPL, sports should not be politicized ...........

  • Kaaamraaan on February 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    No Doubt a very well fought and well sought win by The Team Pakistan and they deserve to be patted on their backs for this but this turn of events have once again brought both the teams to the point of ponderening that No.1 is only a statistical illusion and the wins will only be showered on the wiser and braver. Pakistan have definitely added a chapter in the history of cricket but they are in a dire need to think that why so many catches were dropped,, why Last 7 players went out with addition of only 32 runs and same strictly applies on England. Best Of Luck to the wiser and braver for the next coming matches...

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    @JG2704 ...as much as i m over the moon ...in cloud 9...for Pakistan....your comments made me even happier ....we all are cricket fans..irrespective of the nationalities...as much we get the pride for the success of our team ..we must always respect the fans of the losing team also..after all its the game we all are madly in love with..

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Hahaha.. enjoyed each and every word of the part on Adnan Akmal..good job David! :D

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    last 3 paragraphs of this article start with "Adnan". lol

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    Congratulation and wel done Pakistan. Thank you for such a great achievment. You played such a great game. You honored asian cricket. Keep it up guys.

  • ksambalam on February 6, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Great post-match report. I like your turn of phrases as sharp and productive as the spinning balls in this match. I really enjoyed reading you Hopps and loved the way Pakistan bowled England out.

  • Love-Pak on February 6, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Great historical white wash by Pakistan to England. This series will be remember for long time for the way and manner Pakistani team have out classes England team in all departments of the game.Mean role was played by Pkaitsani spin bowler in this victory but overall it was a combined team effort. Batsmen like Youus, Azhar, Asad and fast bowler Umer gul also have played strong role in this series victory. Misbah have done well in captaincy.It would be injustice if we don't give credite to coach Mohsin Khan, he have done a marvelouse job as a coach to jell in the team and kept the decipline working much better then previous overseas tours of Pakistani team. HHaving said that i also wanna say that as a nation we have this habit of praising players and management upto to sky when they do winn but when they lose we wanna just dump them in the sea. I thin we should be more tolerant in case if Pakistan do loose but for that they should loose after puting up good fight.

  • Charindra on February 6, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. As a Sri Lankan I am happy to see Pakistan become a force again, but I would love it to happen with Pace as well, because Pakistan has the greatest fast bowling talent in the world. And let's bring Mohammad Amir back :) As for England, well.... I thought the England that was petrified of spin was a bygone thing, but I guess it's not. So sad, and yet so funny! Shane Warne was a mighty lucky guy to play 5 tests against England every two years! They're sitting ducks!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:25 GMT

    Outstanding Job done..Clinical result..Not easy to Whitewash any team and especially when its Number 1 team of the world..though Playing in UAE(2nd Home for Pak) and considering the team had to go thru a lot in last 2 years, Its a great achievement and they must Keep this performance up and let politics not ruin thier Cricket again...All crdit goes to Misbah and co and Esp. Spinners bowled pretty well..PAK still need to work a lot on their Batting and catching and if they can work on those areas they can be un beatable in Away games too... Congratz and enjoy..Waiting for Boom BooM ODI Series :)

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    I read the pre series 3-0 predictions by Pakistani fans with a certain disbelief. I now look at the outcome with even greater disbelief- how did england manage that or fail to manage much at all? Well done Pakistan!! ! I shall be scratching my6 head for a while I suspect, but the answer is obvious. Spin. We can bowl it but canjnot play it to save our lives!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    PAKISTAN ZINDA BAD WE LOVE PAKISTAN & PAKISTAN TEAM

  • srivatsan on February 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    Whitewash was immensely satisfying, hopefully SL and India churn out similar performances!

  • rajasaqib on February 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Great work done by Team Pakistan.watch out the english media what they say about this victory???now they will crictise A Rehman or Azhar Ali or Saeed ajmal or Younis khan or Umar gul or england tema

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:22 GMT

    Congratz Team Pakistan n Pakistanis!!Better Luck next time Mr.Cook, n yes congratulations for completing 6000 runs at such young age!!:)

  • reality_check on February 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    @HumanHoneyBadger: Normal service has been resumed, init :)

  • talmaeena1 on February 6, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Pakistan must consider that inspite of their victory, glaring weaknesses remain. Their opening pair has failed to register any impact. Their wicket-keeper and his annoying chatter which distracts his team-mates more than it helps them. And their tail which has a tendency to collapse frequently. That coupled with poor coaching that I had personally witnessed on the grounds in Dubai should make those in charge a bit more sanguine about this victory.

  • StatisticsRocks on February 6, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    Congratulations PAK! Great job finishing the series. Bad Luck Eng. I am surprised the way you surrendered just like we did against Eng and Aus. PAK completely outplayed Eng and the future look very bright. Imagine once Aamir returns how this team will look.

  • salman_0902 on February 6, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    tell the England team. for the ODIs Afridi is coming. and YOU AINT SEEN NUTHIN LIKE HIM.

  • Sano27 on February 6, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    just a few months ago everyone termed England as the best test side in the world due to their recent performances......solid openers,consistent middle order ,swinging bowlers,world class spinner swann....the victory of paks just shows us that every one is lion at their own den only....well done PAK....!

  • shrastogi on February 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    A lot was said about Indians not being rightful no. 1 when they lost 4-0 to England. The wheel of fortune has turned a full circle. Inspite of getting combination right by playing with two spinners England lost second and third test. Looks like their batsmen arent enjoying their collective lack of form some of which they enjoyed in last two years. A lot was said by ex Engalnd players about them keeping no. 1 status for a long period which looks unlikely now. I think the real shock was when they were bowled out for less than hundred chasing 140 odd. Indians now can take some heart but Pakistan can always say that they have whitewashed the team which beat India 4-0. So double whammy. But realistically Pakistan has a long way to go if they are to be a real force by winning in outside subcontinent conditions.

  • Major_Hammad on February 6, 2012, 15:11 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan whole Nation, fans and team on great great series victory with CleanSweep. With Younis, Azhar, Ajmal, Rehman and Gul superb performances in this match, Pak won the match and complete clean sweep 3-0. Misbah captiancy also on top class. Pak spinners are best spinners in world now, with Rankings + Match winning performances, Best of Luck Pak team.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    hahahaha nice comments by hopps abt adnan akmal :D . congrats Pakistan

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi cricket fan, I like to congratulate our Pakistani brothers for their historic win. I m sure that this win will start another "ARAB SPRING" for Pakistani cricket which they need badly. Keep it up Pakistan......

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Inshallah Pakistan will beat England in Onedayers too... :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    amazing amazing.. this is Pakistan's greatest test victory without doubt.. Winning after scoring 99, whitewashing no.1 team.. dont have enough words to describe the performance

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan... This team is really proving to be among the best despite a hell lot of controversies...

  • Harmony111 on February 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    England World #1. Ha Ha Ha. And some Englishmen were saying that England could dominate the game for the next 10 years !!! That sounded like a rare combination of arrogance and exaggeration. English fans enjoy your whitewash.

  • Pakmann on February 6, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    Its good to win, BUT you know what my worry is? The Pakistani cricket authorities, and as a matter of fact other authorities too, as politics-plagued as they are, will make too much of this series win. It will be counterproductive to read too much into the scoreline of 3-0. The reality is that even though England could not pull up a winning performance from its batters, they did manage to expose Pakistan's frailities. And these are brittle batting that flourishes only in ideal batting conditions but can still flounder even on the flattest of tracks. The top and middle order Pakistani batting will almost certainly collapse in the face of quality bowling (fast or spin). If not for the consistency of 3 guys Ajmal, Abdul Rahman and Azhar who made most of the difference, England appeared the better side even in this series and despite the scoreline. If Pakistan play England in English conditions, I suspect Pakistan may lose in a worse fashion - specially with just one quality pacer: Gul.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:00 GMT

    Pakistan Zindabad... It was Boys Vs Men ... GreenWashed!!!

  • mmsraja on February 6, 2012, 14:59 GMT

    England you FAST TRACK BULLIES. Shame on you. Its better to go home and introspect what went in their team. Australia and India at least held on to their top spot for quite sometime. England does not deserve to hold this any longer.

  • Abu.Ashhad on February 6, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Obviously its a spinners dominating match/series but no one can forget AZHAR ALI and Younis contribution in this match and I believe the partnership between Azhar/Younis & Azhar/Misbah were the significant difference in that match. And I am happy to see some positives for Pakistan as Azhar, Asad, Umar Akmal, Junaid etc (you can add Aamir too :)). Apart from Pakistan brilliant performance, there is still no doubts in my mind that England still very good team (at least far better than India) and try to figure out the basic problems without making any changes in panic.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    WOHHO ,who said england is the best team (best test team),they are only the best in their Country .....i think now for all those who said India doesnt deserve no1 position ,here is a hint that even england doesnt deserve it.........Pakistan ,well done .u have outplayed so called champion team ...hahaha i enjoyed watching STARS OF ENGLAND succumb to spin attack of pakistan hahahahahah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:55 GMT

    Brilliantly done Pakistan brothers. You guys did what we failed to do. You guys just proved where England belong and you belong. Congrats !

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Punching Victory BY PAKISTAN Over England....:DDDD

  • Musha1234 on February 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Well done Pakistan team, this was really needed for the cricket world that team Pakistan can do it against the no 1 test team in the world.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Beautiful play of cricket all around between both the teams. All that is conclusive is a good game of cricket and after that win / loose is just a material. The other point though is, the side playing well in all departments whether it is batting / bowling / fielding, Pakistan did very well to beat the Number 1(ICC Ranked) team 3 to 0 in the series. Well done Team Pakistan!. Geo to Aisay.. :-).

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Pakistan v England, 3rd Test, Dubai, 4th day Pakistan secure series whitewash

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on February 6, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Everyone I would like you to know that the team played very well and did great effort.You must have known that since Shahid Afridi has gone from Test and ODI cricket Captain Pakistan is playing well. Which means that Misbah is a good Captain.But that does not mean that Misbah is playing well.He does not concentrate on the ball and throws himself in danger and gets OUT! Not only that but I have seen that Pakistani batsman are not performing well.It was Pakistani Spinner who must have the credit.Only some Batsman like Hafeez,Azhar Ali,etc. Are the best.hope you like my coments.

  • ste13 on February 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Just a couple of months ago I said on this forum, that for me it was Pakistan more likely to win. Still, I never expected such a huge difference betwee the two teams. England were just awful with horrible batting - the only shining point Matt Prior. In Sril lanka it can be different as lankan attack is average, but in India it can be another whitewash.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    India, Are you watching this?

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    Pakistan still has a long way to go. England have won series both in S.African and Aussie conditions and I do not see the spin duo doing all that well right about now. I'd suggest the management to keep up the hard work and do not give premature claims.

  • W2NTED on February 6, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    pakistan played absolutely magnificent. well done every pakistani is proud of you.

    Ha ha India getting thrashed where ever they go. Flat track home bullies, become mouses when they travel abroad. Meow meow

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan team!!!

  • Mevan on February 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Having watched nearly all the test matches between Sri Lanka and Pakistan a few months back, I am not surprised that the English batsmen were all at sea against the Pakistanis, or that they lost 3-0. The other factor is Misbah; Pakistan has at last found - what they lacked all these years - an ideal captain, who is very low profile but able to get the best from a group of very talented players. Superstars such as Wasim or even Imran never made good captains.

  • GlobalCricketFan99 on February 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    I don't understand why everyone is saying it was the Asian pitches that undid England. I firmly believe it was good bowling by Pakistan and better application by the batsmen. Remember Engand also had good bowling as the figures show, but their batsmen were not applying themselves. You can't compare KP's or Bells epexerience to that of Asad and Axher Ali. They did what had to be done at the right time. Whereas England players were playing to a script irrespective of the match situation - you can not play defensive when your back is against the wall. Yet KP and Bell and Straus did not olay any attacking cricket. Well done to Pakistan.

  • wrenx on February 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    Haha, several England fans here whose main criticism of the opposition is that essentially, they weren't English enough for their liking. Just deal with it: Pakistan play Pakistani cricket, and this time, they were just too much for a 1-dimensional team like England to handle

  • jango_moh on February 6, 2012, 14:44 GMT

    congrats to pak team, very well played.... did anybody else notice the utter lack of even a semblence of excitement on the writer's part in this report... half the report, he's talking about how lame akmal's appealing was!!!! although true, that was not needed in this report....

  • Rolling_in_The_Deep on February 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    Stand Up for the Champions..Hats off to Misbah , Mohsin and Coaching Staff for outplanning Legendary Coaches such as Flower , Gooch and Mushtaq.. You wont see not many teams bouncing back and winning the match after being shot out for 99 in 1st innings but then again not many teams are like Pakistan..and last time a team won against England after being out for less than 100 in 1st Innings was 106 years back. Moreover Pak has become the first Asian side to whitewash England..Amazing Achievement.. England is "Greenwashed".. I wonder what their Yellow Journalism Brand Tabloids have to say..

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    This is what I call GREENWASH :)

  • WAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL on February 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Congratulations to MISBAH boyzzzz...!!! Fantastic performance in this series by MISBAH nd Co...WHITE WASH to NO.1 is an achievement for them...lots of positives r comes from this series but there r some concerns too,such as their fielding standard,opening partner for HAFEEZ,opening bowling partner of UMAR GUL etc...I think they need young opener and reliable bowling partner of GUL and their should be slight change in their coaching staff...they should appoint DAVE WHATMORE as head coach with MOHSIN KHAN as their assistant or batting coach coz MOHSIN MISBAH combination is really wonderful but including Dave Whatmore in this team is so wonderful,he brings more positives and good result for them in future...AQUIB JAVED and JULIAN FOUNTAIN should appointed as bowling and fielding coach respectively...this combination brings more victories in near future...Guys r u agree with my view...

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    The First Whitewash of the England Test Cricket Team by Pakistan (after Australia, the West Indies and India). The First Time a British Monarch Celebrates a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria. All on the Same Day. 'A Day in the Life' of England Cricket. Well Done Pakistan. Your Nation and Your Team Deserves and Needs this Victory

  • Criketanand on February 6, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @sal485 aha but India has already achived 3-0 whitewash of England in 1993 so pakistan not the first but the latest. well played though

  • zain.ul.abideen on February 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    You've done it again Sir, I salute you! Even at this moment you were able to find something to critisize Pakistan and use really inappropriate worlds for an international player. But don't worry, this is not the last time you will be having to do this. A bet this will keep happening through out the ODI and T20 series.

  • ahmednaveed on February 6, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    Any execuse from Team England about bowling actions ,Match fixing , Pitch condition ,Weather . We knew that you are number in your home , but number 10 in Asia.This is reason they want to play in Pakistan .

    Well Done Team Pakistan .

  • Nutcutlet on February 6, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    Many congratulations to Misbah & his team; on these pitches they are formidable, a match for anyone, & more than a match for Eng! It will be interesting to see how well this Pak. side does away from their adopted home. The postmatch interviews conducted by Athers were revealing. He asked both Pak. capt. & coach about discipline because this has been almost entirely absent from Pak. teams in times past. There is no doubt that this traditional blind spot has been covered & its key has been getting rid of the ego-maniacs & then welding a unit of genuine team players. In this respect, Pak has imitated England & become more than the sum of its parts. As for Eng, they are learning slowly & would, in a longer series, have worked most things out. Clearly, KP,IB and poss EM are learning more slowly than the rest & I would think v carefully before picking these 3 in similar conditions. It's time to allow the patient Bopara, Buttler, Taylor or Root a chance in the test team.Sooner not later, pls!

  • Hindh on February 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Pakistan 2nd asian team after india in 1993 to do a whitewash on England.... Keep it up. We all knew this wud be the case of No 1 ranking of england once they come to asia...

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    well done pak and keep it up!!!!!!!!!!! we want to win odi and t20 series

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    Dear Cricket World, Just incase if you forgot.. that is how it is done. Congratulations to Team Pakistan. Go Green! :)

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Congrats to Pak for a great series win. I would also like to thank them because now South Africa is only 1 point behind Eng so a series win in NZ will make us number 1 in the world!!!!!

  • Raja.M.Shabbir on February 6, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    Pakistan has improved a lot since that 2010 incident. Just the lost of another seemer can be felt after watching the second seemer bowling limited overs and having his efforts futile. Whatever, Pakistan has to prove itself on fast pitches though. Good wishes for Pakistan and Saeed Ajmal and Spin Co. YOU ROCK....!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan team wrote a golden chapter in the cricket history at Dubai today, .became the first nation to record a clean sweep in a series between the two nations. Caption Misbah leading in front, Yonus Khan and Azhar Ali bated extremely well and the bowlers Saeed Ajmal, Rehman and Umer Gul suited an example…but, I must say Muhammad Yousuf should include in this squared although he is out of cricket but it is the responsibility of chairman PCB to invite him also we all remember that Misbah and Yonus khan were out of the Austrlia serious Misbah dropped almost end of his career and Younus was in same position, the captain Muhammad Yousuf demand and urged the chairman PCB to called them successfully during that tour, I thing Yonus and Misbah both do the same for Muhammad Yosuf, it will useful for this team, one more thing, I like to mention that the behavior of the players with the public because this is a nation's prayers for these players, but I pointing out the one

  • kiranphy on February 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    now to save their number one position eng should call some weak team for home series of 4 matches

  • Arsalan_Shah on February 6, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    Congratulations Team Pakistan !!!, hope that one day's will be of great excitement as Boom Boom Afridi will be back.

  • V.Rajaa on February 6, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    very very well played no.1 test team in d world, england.I think they set a record which none can break. Their first assignment after obtaining the prestigious status is this series, right? Had india lose a series before losing no 1 tag? I did not think so. Even Aussies and the socalled west indies lost few series while they were no 1. But not Indis. when they lost a series they just dropped to no.2, never been no.1 after losing a series. Both these records might stay for long time to come.England's whitewash, in their 1st assignment after getting the no.1 tag, and India's not losing a series while they were no.1. These 2 things I meant.Cricinfo publish this.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    im felling scared now we lost so badly . dis mite encourge srilanka seeind dis da way we played dey mite bring back murali in upcoming series

  • SaqibJassal on February 6, 2012, 14:22 GMT

    There are still positives for England team in the white-washed test series...at least they won the toss in first test.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    They play for win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sal485 on February 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    the first time England have scored 5 or fewer 50s without a single 100 since 1888. Pakistan 1st asian team to do white wash of England.

  • BowledYa on February 6, 2012, 14:20 GMT

    Match over. Pak wins series 3-0. Who would have thought at the start of the series it would be a sweep and it would be Pakistan doing it. Hats off to Misbah and the team - what a wonderful performance. We Pak fans knew the team would win but I really thought it would be 1-0 or 2-0. The credit mostly goes to the bowling, as is usually the case for Pakistan, as the batting was really below par but the bowlers put the pressure on from day one and never let up. Wonder how much better this unit would be if the likes of Amir were in the lineup?

  • CricketFirstLove on February 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Now repeat it in ODIs and T20s.

  • Dilruksh on February 6, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    now it would be really better if they can play cricket back in pakistan.dats possible but security must be tight and the pcb must assure safety for the players..a new era for pakistan mmmm......

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulation Pakistani team

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    That was a well attempted write from columnist. However, he's miles away from sharing an ounce of excitement felt by the Pakistanis, as is clearly shown by the article.

  • Dashgar on February 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    Poor South Africa, they'll be number 1 soon.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    From a neutral point of view, I think England mentally lost the series in the second test. Chasing nearly 150 for the win in the second match should have been easy for them. But the way they battled the spin made the clear difference. They lacked the technique to play such great spin bowling. As a Pakistani, I must congratulate the national side. Great team work, great discipline. Well done Mohsin Khan for coaching this side to victory. We still need a new coach? I don't think so. Let this combination of players settle down and blend more. All the best for the ODI's, T20's and Asia Cup! Cheers!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Well done pakistan ! A great series win against # 1 team. Keep it up !

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Finally.. This is what team Pakistan is.. They have beaten an over rated no.1 test site completely.. A shameful defeat for England with a lot to think about on how to play spin in Asian Countries. A strong reply by Pakistan after what happened in 2010.. Pakistan Zindabad...!!!

  • n_jraman on February 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    eng have be done by good paskistan bowling...spin has become king...eng no 1 status again in debate..but i feel eng is better than india present by looking at bowlers and allrounders...they failed as a unit and spin problem will be there for them when they tour SL and ind...but having a team 99 allout and failing to capitalise is big setback and also not chasing down 145 is another failure...lot to ponder upon..middle order looks fragile....eng have now lost 8 matches overseas ( 5 in ODI vs IND and 3 in test..let see how they go abt the limited over format against pak....also in recent year most test matches have been win or lose and no draw..also the series have been dominated by home team...icc needs to check ont he pitches..

  • Dxb_Chargers_Forever on February 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Pakistan are now developing into a very fine team. I give my sincere congratulations and do hope that this victory boosts their confidence and trust in becoming a brilliant world-class team.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Well..Congrats Pakistan..But still there are more negatives in Pakistan side than England even after whitewash. 1-Not a stable batting performance by the team.Though England looked quite more better in batting.The team needs good batsmen to make it a world class. 2-Too much emphasis on Spin attack which wont work in future.One one settled pacer in the team which is Umar Gul.Rest alll are part timers. 3- Fielding must improve at any cost.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    it is grat win for pakistan,ausis will be next target in desert

  • Neutral_analysis on February 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    Well the tests were fun. now comes the one-dayers. Hope pak will do well again, as they are a better unit in shorter format. England needs to do some serious work on their batting as their best chance of winning will be to bat first and put up a good total. Looking fwd to an exciting series. but for now hip hip hurray for pakistan team!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    ahhh white wash ........... well going pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    ahhh white wash ........... well going pakistan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Adnan143 on February 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    now i would like to listen from people (specially indian fans on cricinfo) who were allways talking in 2011 that pak only beats minows and they included SL in this list, now what they have to say is ENG also a minow

  • Dilruksh on February 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    well after this mamoth win no doubt india will never tour to UAE they have cancelled it because they are afraid of pakistan.they might face another whitewash.

  • ABRAR-JANJUA on February 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Congratulation to Pakistan they Deserved that Victory and As i wrote before (some time ago) ''Front Foot Lunge you must Change your nick to Back Foot Lunge''...

  • Surinder_Singh_Bamrah on February 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    This test series was worth following given that newly crowned no. 1 was taking on a side which is in process of building themselves as competitive side in test arena. Pakistan demonstrated playing excellent cricket. They overwhelmed English side with their strength in bowling specially spin attack which was almost unplayable for them. However their bating looked fiasco at times...nevertheless it was an enjoying test series...

  • zuber21886 on February 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Don't everybody get it by now!! i have been telling this thousand times, the world of cricket needs a emergency change, every team is riding high on their home conditions, if this continues, overseas tours will be one sided with home teams ruling the series.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    congratulation pakistan...................................

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Pakistan has been winning matches very consistantly over the last one year or so. but for the first time in this test when they got out cheaply in first innings I felt they will come back hard. and they did eventually winning the game. regular hard work has boosted the confidance of supporters indeed. Pakistan supporters have some thing to cheer during victory and hope during the tough times. well done team we love the way you are playing now a days.

  • Grayark on February 6, 2012, 14:06 GMT

    Well played England AND Pakistan. Most of this series (barring the first test match) was a much closer contest than the scores show. I have to say Englands Bowling is Top Notch.Batsmen on both sides have been through a stern fiery examination to say the least. In the end the team that wanted it more won. And kudos to Misbah. leading his band of merry men, what a captain. Good clean cricket and a perfect advertisement for test cricket.

  • southafrican on February 6, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @mathmaxt. Your post mortem reveals death of England by a chucking off spinner. Do your maths and you will find that the English batsmen ( Bell, Pieterson and Morgan had a lower batting average than Swann and Broad while Strauss, Trott and Cook a little more than these two bowlers). You looking in the wrong place for the reason England lost. Pakistan bowlers Ajmal, Rehman, Hafeez and Gul were brilliant in the series and dominated the Englished batsmen. England lost fair and square and you, Willis and Botham have to live with it. Try conducting a post mortem of the English batting rather than Ajmals action which incidently was not found to be a problem by the ICC, The English batsmen, the umpires and neutrals like me. WELL DESERVED SERIES WIN TO PAKISTAN.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    An outstanding result for pakistan. I think it's the team chemistry that made pakistan triumph. 10 test matches in a row.I hope Mohsin remains as the coach of the team after this series and we need a couple test- specialist batsmen who really have the attitude of staying on the pitch for long. Our batting doesn't have a good scoring volume at the moment.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    CONGRATS PAKISTAN! At 9 down i thought Rehman would once again ask misbah to keep Umer Gul and Syed Ajmal on so either could get a 5 wicket haul , but i guess ajmal did well enough in the series to retain his ranking and a second wicket was more important for Rehman's rise in rankings.

    Test Matches done, ODI next, This time English might not be # 1, but they will certainly be a handful in the Shorter Format, But then again so will our Pakistani Boyz!

    MAKE SOME NOISE FOR THE DESI BOYZ !!!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    I'm an Indian Fan but hats off to Pakistan for beating England 3-0.Now Nassar Hussain should search for Donkeys in his own team.If India can't be no.1 after suffering against fast bowling in their last 8 tests then what about England against spin bowling???

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    Will Zaltzman chew his pre series predictions now?This performance shows that the test team rankings dont count for much out in the middle- All we cricket fans want are competitive test matches. Although both whitewashes, but IMO Pak V Eng was a lot more exciting than the Aus v Ind.

  • OptimusPrimal on February 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    WOW! What a performance by Pakistan. Great to see them play with such discipline (apart from the catches in the last innings). They have a good chance of repeating the feat in the ODIs with Afridi and Umar Akmal, InshAllah. England, I believe, will perform much better against India and Sri Lanka, as their bowling attacks are quite meager. Finally... It's about time to have a Pak/India series.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    What a brownwash! Fantastic performance by our Pakistan brothers. Congratulations from India.

  • KarachiKid on February 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Great work team Pakistan, the whole team chipped in one time or the other. Like Younus Khan contributed big time in his last innings of this series. Somone commented on Sri Lanka series before that. Had it not been dropped catches, Pakistan would have definitely won 2-0. But Sri Lankans are such a lovely bunch, you dont want to be too ruthless with them. As for England, I feel today they batted pretty well, only if one of the batsmen had stuck around, he and Prior could have actually seen them home. I believe they will perform better in Sri Lanka and India, now that they have been somewhat conditioned.

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Posted by Faisal Riaz Khan on (February 06 2012, 10:47 AM GMT) :- .. PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THESE STATS . ---> http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/player/227760.html, . . . and then decide for yourself.

  • Harmony111 on February 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Jokes apart, I have to admit that I wasn't expecting England to lose by 0-3 margin. A 1-0 victory to either side was the most probable result in my mind TBH. The pitches were not ones where you would expect a result in all the 3 test matches. This shows that Pakistan's wins against SL were not flukes and that they have a very good bowling attack. I am sure every Pak fan right now imagines how strong their bowling would have been had that Asif and Amer been there. SAD. This also shows that English batsmen are real chickens against spinners. Their batting was very poor in 4 of the 6 innings here and they were invariably out of the match before reaching 100. Much was being made about India's inability to score 300, well, now we see England failing to reach even 200 on these supposedly flat wickets. Congratulations to Pak. They have done tremendously after those shameful incidents. I am really impressed with this team. Time for an Ind-Pak series now in a 3rd country. For sure a superhit.

  • ed.dixon on February 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    I'm delighted to report one glorious piece of news for us England fans everywhere: in scratching out a miserable 10 runs with all the grace of a drunken one-legged chicken, Ian Bell has actually increased his series average to 8.5, an increase of some 3.6585%. Were he to continue this marvellous run of form and increase on this figure of 8.5 runs by the same amount of 3.6585% each time, I can confidently predict that he will next score a century in the second innings of his 106th Test Match, when he will have ammassed 7711 runs at an average of 40.37, and furthermore.....Oh what's the use of it, there is no good news here, even Alastair Campbell wouldn't be able to salvage anything from this **reaches for faded copy of Wisden and a bottle of whisky**

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    First of all my heartest congratulations to Pakistani team,coachin staff,People of Pakistan and cricket lovers all over the world for the great series victory. This unit has achieved great success because of hardwork,unity and decipline in the team.We are moving in the right direction.We should look for couple of good opners, fast bowlers and geniune all rounder in the team. Mohshin is working on our batting and fielding.He need time to get better result. I request PCB to keep and his staff. They should give him good contract for atleast 2 more years and power to take necessary action to further improve.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Congratulation. Sincere hard work pays off. Good day for cricket fans all over the world. Sportsmanship attitude from both teams is +ve sign for cricket. Looking forward for another interesting matches.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    have no doubt that England are the biggest of fakes to become #1 in test cricket.super win pak,eng get clean wash in subcontinent in srilanka 2-0 india 4-0 this time

  • Marcio on February 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Wow! Just watched BBCTV world news sports report here in Hong Kong. It was 10 minutes long, covered cycling, football, American football etc, but not one word of the test result vs Pakistan! Who is running the show back there? Front-Foot-Lunge?

  • PCNBLUEBULL on February 6, 2012, 13:52 GMT

    Well done Pakistan, well done. You deserve every accolade that can be given. It's so good for test cricket to have more than just England, South Africa, India and Australia that is competitive. You are part of the big 5 now. The test series between South Africa-Sri lanka, Australia-India and Pakistan-England showed that test cricket is the ultimate, it's here to stay. T20 and ODI is also very good on the eye but it is like a quick fix to get high. Test cricket is for the true lovers of the game, it has stood the test of time. The limited overs cricket is like McDonalds take-aways, one bite and it's all over, but test cricket is like Beef Boys, it's nutritious food and you are satisfied after a good steak.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge: I think it wont be over till Amir comes back and goes through the English batting order once more.

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    Posted by Hodra99 on (February 06 2012, 11:02 AM GMT) :- Well you are right. Let me correct my statement. FIRST WHITE WASH BY PAK TO ENGLAND.

  • sawifan on February 6, 2012, 13:48 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. What a great win! Thoroughly deserved. @front-foot-lunge, baby steps? really? I think most true cricket fans realize how far Pakistan have come. Most of us have moved on, time for you to do the same. Although beaten 3-0, i still think the ENG will not be beaten as convincingly in SRL and IND. The ENG bowlers did there jobs very well is all of the tests, and both SRL and IND don't have the bowling strength of PAK. I'm not saying ENG will win both or either series, but i dont think IND and SRL fans should get to excited just yet. All credit must go to PAK for such a great result, but as an Aussie, I think the Poms will bounce back hard.

  • kamran360 on February 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    well done Pakistan gr8 win.as far as eng is concerned bad luck i think its time to learn how to play spin!! i think australia is still the number 1 bec they know more than england how to play spin but now the test will strt for Pakistan if they beat AUSTRALIA N SOUTH AFRICA in test THEY r the best two test sites..As far as one day is concerned ENGLAND is doomed bec MR. AFRIDI WILL BE IN TOWN WITH AJMAL N REHMAN N HAFEEZ GOD BLESS ENG IN ONE DAY!!!!!

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Posted by Hodra99 on (February 06 2012, 11:02 AM GMT) : - .. . Well let us forget about the debacle in Aus. This Pak team is very diciplined. These boys take their fielding more seriously. Though there were a few blemishes towards the end of the series. But i think they are working on it and improving fast. Also these players may not be flashy. but these boys especially the spinners are good, effective and stick to their job. At least for the time being they deserve to be congratulated on the Historic White Wash.

  • mohanan on February 6, 2012, 13:45 GMT

    Its the same sort of boring show again, Non-Asian team losing in Asia and Asian team losing outside Asia. Can someone bring some change please?

  • doctornikki on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    You cannot isolate pakistan from cricket..They are on of the best always...what a remarkable surge...what a reply to the last year's criticism..it is a legendary tale for them...

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    I think there is a mistake in this report.. Kiwis won a test match against India in 2002 after being dismissed for 94 in their first innings.. Look at this link http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/64021.html

  • usmanHM on February 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Yes, Adnan keeps on screeching, parrot, pigeon or whatever u say it....you could not hide ur frustration....whitewashed. btw, u can lower ur frustration on Adnan...;)

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    We have proved that the Test ranking is total haox. Such a torturous battering to the number 1 Test side and whitewashing the English to the shores is just sheer brilliance! Way to go Paksitan! We are a proud nation! And this was NOT a home ground to us. For anyone calling that, is just searching for excuses

  • SLfan on February 6, 2012, 13:42 GMT

    Congrats to our true neighbors who always support us whenever we play against other countries !!! Really happy to see you guys perform CONSISTENTLY, which was lacking for long period I guess. Talent was always there (best talent in the world), but consistency was the problem earlier...Keep it up.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    WOW !! Pakistan has had its dream come true !! The have completely bamboozled English with that spin...

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    we simply cant play spin at all . im scared now dat srilanka mite bring murali frm retaiment again

  • Arthur on February 6, 2012, 13:40 GMT

    hi there .. Must admit though I am elated with what Pakistan has achieved I will only believe that what we're seeing is an upward curve, well, when they start winning matches on a consistent basis. We have seen it before with this team: winning like this in the manner they have the one moment, only flattering to deceive the next. But it's evidence of what this Pakistan team can achieve ... and it's time that they themselves realise it. A marvellous exhibition of spin if ever there was, aided and abetted by Umar Gul. Panesar too showed what he can do on spin-friendly wickets. However it's the batsmen who let England down; when it mattered most ... totally inept against spin; for a cricket-playing nation that is so into the technical artistry of batting that is taught at academies and schools at a young age, it is really a shame that they showed no evidence of it in this series.

  • Sal2011 on February 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    The Eng bowling is excellent and on wickets with grass they're a good bet to leave any batting lineup in tattiers, they didn't do badly in the desert either. But the batting I suspect is not just about the wickets but mentality. Pietersen seems to lose concentration. He was bowled by a wily delivery but more concentrated defence would have saved him. Bell needs to see a shrink. Fighting spirit also questionable in why was Prior exposing Monty at the end, taking singles off the first ball and letting Monty take singles off the last ball. Never say die attitude was missing. (And the media pundits need to stop complaining about DRS lbws - good for cricket if more willow is used. Thought the DRS confirmed both umpires are top notch.)

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    And here we goo... A white wash to end the series. I think England came here as a overconfident team. Australia (under the captaincy of Steve Waugh) was the only team who proved themselves the no 1 in every condition. England has disappointed me a lot . Now its the One day series and I think Pak will win the series 3-2 as Afridi will be back it will strengthen the bowling attack as well as batting attack. Lets wait and watch...

  • IshaqMalik on February 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @mathmaxt: the grapes are sour? You guys said the same thing about reverse swing back in the early 90s

  • thirdmanboundary on February 6, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Well done, Pakistan: a very talented team. These are fascinating times. There really is no clear No. 1 in test cricket now. India will take time to rebuild, as will SL. Pakistan are clearly on the up, but have yet to prove themselves abroad. England will be psychologically shaken, even if these are their least favorite conditions. Just a few months ago, Australian batting and bowling both looked v. wobbly in SAfrica. Let's also remember that in 2010 SA had the better of the drawn series in the UAE with Pakistan, and were untroubled by Ajmal and Rehman. Of the non-Asian teams, SA has the best record in India, Pakistan, and the Middle East (but did poorly in Murali-era SL). That said, SA sometimes lacks that killer instinct. In short, there is no clear No. 1 team in all conditions, which is great for cricket. All we need now is for WI to get their house in order and reclaim some of their former greatness. They have the talent, but their governing body and team spirit are in disarray.

  • Stark62 on February 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    @ KingOwl When did it rain in the UAE and when did SL have the upper hand against Pak in the Test series?

    Anyway, I think this Eng line up will do well against SL and ind because they played positively against Rehman in the last innings and made him ineffective. Ajmal caused problems because he spins the ball both ways and I don't think SL or ind have an Ajmal type bowler.

    If I was the Eng management then, I would definitely pick the same team for the next two Asian tours.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:37 GMT

    Finally the White wash :) Congrats to All Pakistan team & All Pakistan for such a great victory :) What ever any body says thing is we have proved that we don't believe in ranking we have been winning from last 15 to 18 months & still we are on 5th what a bull shit ? Don't forget we beaten Austrlia in a test series recntly ow English :) time for SA to come & play & have some hammering by Pakistani Players :)

  • pak94fan on February 6, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Adnan's "dance" was hilarious... made up for his 2 dropped catches. The screaming could do with some.... quietening down I guess? Anyway, congrats Pakistan, and Misbah... hope Mohsin hangs around, commiserations to England. Looking forward to the ODIs now, good luck Team Misbah. Sad to hear that we don't move at all in the ICC ratings, that sucks. Good to see Younus back in form, batting and the amazing slip catching... now Afridi and Umar Akmal hopefully will help Pakistan to a good ODI series, too. @Front-Foot-Lunge (2/6/12, 11:19 am GMT), IMO we seem to have moved on already, don't you think? @mathmaxt (2/6/12, 11:50 am GMT), let us know if you still think that once your bowlers learn to bowl doosras and stuff, and we'll talk.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    south africa was bowled out for 96 and they managed to win the 1st test against australia last year so why is david hoops saying this is the 1st time since any team had won test after being bowled out for less thn 100???

  • satanswish on February 6, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan!! England surrendered to top quality spin bowling as usual as they used to during Warnie & Murali days. It was quite easy to become No.1 for Pommies by beating mediocre Indians & struggling Aussies. It was wonderful to see beautiful bowling by Ajmal & Rehman throughout the series and the circus displayed by Pommie batsmen against them. Struggling Indians should learn from this courageous Pakistani team, how they built this strong team despite fixing scandals haunted their team. Pakistanis were never ever short of talent, if channeled right way it is indeed their way towards world's top team. Mohd. Aamer's comeback will add more strength to this force surely.

  • amjadmayo on February 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    Cong team Pakistan...Go Pak Go Pak....not look behind.....

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    India are lambs abroad, and England can't play spin in Asia.What a sereis it was The side who Bowled out imn first Inning jus 99 and pull the match amazing spirit.... This all happened due to very good team work extra kind of hardworking, co-ordination.... as well as co-operations..... No Goverment and Politicians involvement...... The Pakistani Team is one of the Best Team in the world forever..... If no one interfere in there game.... Salute to all players Mashah Allaah that the each and everyone done a good job with a good team disciplined.... I know the Honesty is the best policy but Proud to say the Unity is also the best policy...... Hope to see Aaamir back in the team soon.... Just keep an eye on destroyer like Mazher Majeed and Opponents Now teh ICC and BCCI will start there plan that how to collapse this Pakistan Team with the help of BCCP. GOD BLESS YOU MY PAKISTANI TEAM I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS EVEN YOU LOSE OR WIN. GOD save the Ajmal from English who criticise his action

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    why is every1 saying " It was the first time since 1907 that a team had won a Test after being bowled out for less than 100 in their first innings". i think every1 forget abt South africa vs Australia test, south africa was bowled out for 96. so this aint true David hoops

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    England's batsmen averaged 15.64 v Pakistan's spinners... it's their 2nd-lowest average against spin in a series..........In the two previous Test series in the UAE, the average per wicket was 42.06; in the Pak-Eng series it was 22.10.........A world record of 43 LBW wickets were made in this Pak v Eng series.....Pakistan's best bowling series ever (in a 3+ Test series). They've averaged 19.06 per wicket here vs England.........

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    lolz ... i cant understand one thing ... when will we actually start to praise pakistan cricket ? ... this team had a gr8 time against the likes of south africans , where they drew the tests and lost 3-2 in one dayers , ,then they conquered new zealand at their backyard and people called it luck, next in the list were zimbabwe and bangladesh, yet after defeating them it was said " u have won against the minows' .... just in the recent past theY got the better of the sri lankans and it was said " sri lankans were not in the best of form'....now they have white washed England, the so called 'Number one team and people still call it ' baby steps' .... plz learn to admire and admit that this is the begining of a new era of one fear less team , which has been the most consistent of all in the past 14 months or so .... Hopefully we will get Amir back within 6 months ... and this will be the catalyst for away series .... get ready Rest of the world, cornered tigers are really roaring

  • IshaqMalik on February 6, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan! You make us proud! feel sorry for English bowlers, they have been doing superbly most of the series and English batters have let them down all the time.

  • VJGS on February 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Do we need more proof that the only team to deserve the No 1 ranking is Australia, because they can play good, competitive cricket anywhere and not just at home. Only thing is sometimes, they get overly competitive and we all know too well what happens then.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Great win by Pakistan.......ODIs also belong to them because of their powerful spin attack......

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Talk about battering severely! The number 1 Test side has been absolutely annihilated by the superb Pakistanis. Be it bowling, batting or fielding, they have shown that the Test ranking should have been the other way around! Brilliant performance by Pakistan !

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    love u Pakistan team today we prove to the world that we r the BEST

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:27 GMT

    Since August the two Test sides (as per the rankings) have three whitewashes between them. From an Indian perspective that's a much better way of saying our side has been whitewashed twice since August, 2011. Thank you England for just being yourself for once.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    "It was the first time since 1907 that a team had won a Test after being bowled out for less than 100 in their first innings." This is not true. The writer must have a seriously short memory to forget that South Africa beat Australia a couple of months ago where they scored 96 in their first innings, and went on to bowl Aus out for 47. This was the 9th to 11th November 2011.

  • 5wombats on February 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Well played Pakistan. The good bowling was too much for England. Congratulations.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    First time in 100 years, a team has won the Test after getting all out on less than 100 in 1st innings!Well done Pakistan

  • Rakim on February 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    We are underdogs, we are survivors, we are fighters, we are humble, we are winners, we are champions, we are PAKISTAN!!!!!! YEAH !!!!!

  • RaMin90 on February 6, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    What's even more embarrassing is that England played far worse than Bangladesh if you compare the stats between the two teams against Pakistan.

  • Rakim on February 6, 2012, 13:23 GMT

    #Greenwash !!! I hope this is start of a great dynasty!!

  • Haleos on February 6, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    England did not show the stomach to fight. Run rate of under 2 for most part of the innings. Such negative mindset can not win matches.

  • Irfan_chn on February 6, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Well done Pakistan!! I hardly thought that this match will be exciting after Pak got out for 99 but they came back strongly bowling out Eng & did give reply strongly in 2nd innings to seal the series. Pak bowlers did rest of the job to complete Eng 2nd innnings. Azhar Ali & Shafiq are the people to lookout for future, while Ajmal is still leading this year as highest wicket taker. No words, Simply amazing Pakistan after a very long time. Hope Test No.3 position is not too far away. Kudos to entire Pakistan cricket team & nation. Hearty wishes from an Indian.

  • doosra95 on February 6, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    English were hammered, now no excuse for them umpires, ball tempering, spot fixing,pitch scuffing,bowlers with dodgy action, beaten fair and square,now it is SL and India to turn the heat on England.

  • SalilPillai on February 6, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Great going Pakistan! I am waiting for the comments from the "great" English players like Michael Vaughan, Geoffrey Boycott and their allies on this whitewash. If India could stick on to top spot for at least 1 yr, this English team could not stand it for one series. They are nothing better than any other team here. They were "good" in their backyard when India toured there recently. Lets wait and watch, how long they will be No1.

    @CricInfo team: Please come up with the comment of Vaughan & Boycott :D

  • Haleos on February 6, 2012, 13:20 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. You have proven that England can not play spin to save their live. Well done. World cricket needs the Pak team. India-Pak encouters are the best in cricket. Forget about overrated Ashes.

  • Bang_La on February 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The unholy alliance between ICC (aka BCCI) and ECB to start ranking system so their plot to start two-tier cricket fell flat on ass! The two teams who can NOT play cricket (forget what they do in their backyard) are #1 and #2 in the ranking!! Could there be anything more laughable? hahahahaha.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    Resilient PAKISTAN had a thorough green wash of England

  • MrBrightside92 on February 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Excellent by Pakistan....well done! Nice of them to be so charitable with some dropped catches! Such a gracious and talented team. Did underestimate their togetherness and calmness under pressure. Pakistan fans should be very proud and get off Misbah's back. Good luck against India...I, for one, will becheering you on (except against Kohli.....who I think is brilliant! Learn from this England, I'm sure you won't bury your head in the sands (like some other nation!)

  • big_al_81 on February 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. A good captain and several promising performances. For the guy below struggling to find any positives for England, you're struggle can end now. The bowlers were excellent, with the exception of Swann who was merely adequate. The big worry before England started the series was how to get wickets on such lifeless tracks yet Broad has been awesome, Anderson and Panesar very good. We have lost this series by batting abysmally compared to a team who batted barely adequately - The story is of two very good bowling attacks, one of whom came up against a batting side who acquitted themselves very badly, the other did OK. What to do about that for England is a whole other question. Maybe regain some confidence against the far weaker bowling 'attack' of Sri Lanka, but I'm not counting any chickens?

  • kunderanengineer on February 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    There's an old adage in baseball that good pitching will always stop good hitting. I guess it holds true for cricket as well. Right now Pakistan have a formidable combination of spin and pace which is difficult to beat. It's this quality of bowling which can allow a team the luxury of scoring only 99 runs and still feel that they are very much in the game! Now imagine if they improve their batting and fielding as well! What I'm really curious to know is how this same Pakistan team would fare under English conditions. Too bad there is no return series in the near future. In any case well done Pakistan! (from an envious Indian fan).

  • umairasgharbutt on February 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    well done pakistan, proud to be pakistani

  • cool2cool on February 6, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    What happened to the one of the best team ever, the best batting line-up today and the best attack for all the conditions?

  • sluxman on February 6, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    World champions?? I think there are no world champions anymore. All the current teams can at best be called "own backyard champs" as has been proved conclusively by India and now England.

  • hussainiiiii on February 6, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Hurraahhhhhhh....Finally whitewash. Well done Pakistan. You deserve this win. May Allah bless you.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Team Pakistan has risen from the ashes and pulled off the most unimaginable of feats in the living memory .......Congratulations Team Pakistan and Misbahul Haq ........You and your Team has made us all proud . After the shameful summer of 2010 , who could have imagined that a team gutted , can still pick up the pieces and perform better than ever . ............ Well Done Team Pakistan

  • cricfan06 on February 6, 2012, 13:16 GMT

    WHITEWASH!!! They love that word in England!

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    congratulation to all pakistanies

  • SeanoN on February 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT

    David Hopps... South Africa was bowled out in their first innings in the last Newlands test vs Australia for less than 100 and won that test... This is not a 100 year record that Pakistan broke... Well done Pakistan anyways!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    can anyone upload a video of adnan akmals celebration during wicket either 4,5 or 6, he was spinnnig around while jumping and flapping his hands like wings, lol, it was very funny

  • sheenu on February 6, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Come on, Bob Willis and Michael Vaughan, please find some defect in the BATTING action of Azhar Ali and Younus Khan!! You tried your luck with Ajmal's bowling action, now it is time for putting the Pakistan batsmen down!!

  • yuva19 on February 6, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Here comes a team who's bowled out for a mere 99 in 1st innings but still went on 2 win d match by a decent margin and its against world's no.1 test team(?)...

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @England Fans - I have obviously been as disappointed by this series as all of you. What has disappointed me most is obviously the batting but within the batting , how few batsmen have consistently played with any positive intent and remained stuck in their crease inviting pressure.I can't imagine that this has not been talked about by the players and coaching staff so Im even wondering if they should have some psychological help to help them regain some positivity.Was it just me or did batting look easier for our lower order players and if so was that because they played with a freedom or because Pakistan took their foot off the gas a bit or because conditions became easier. My opinion is that it was mostly the 1st part and partly the 2nd.I've cried out for a 5 man bowling unit since before the series started and events have only strengthened my views.I just don't see Ravi or James Taylor coming into a struggling batting side and make a positive input.I do see Finn doing so re bowling

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    love u Pakistan team today we prove to the world that we r the BEST

  • RATKILLER on February 6, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    Well done Pakistan! Best wishes From Sri Lanka

  • jattkadanda on February 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    A sweet revenge from 2010 series...thats how winning is done...anyone smell spot fixing...this is the way to shut opposition...play and defeat by playing..not by war of words

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    Well done team pakistan !!! Good team effort by them by winning a series 3 -nil

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    mathmaxt, yea, the original rules certainly say you can't bowl like that. But you've got to accept the lengths he bowls, It took the entire England team 3 matches to figure out how to pick the length on these wickets, he could do it from the 1st test, that was one of the major differences.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    THANX ALMIGHTY ALLAH FOR HIS HELP YES WE DEMOLISHED SO CALLED NO.1 TEAM STILL I REMEMBER THE LAST TOUR OF ENGLAND YES WE TAKE REVENGE FROM THAT PROUD NATION NOW WHAT SORT OF EXCUSE DISPLAY BY THE ENGLISH MEDIA HUHHH POOR GUYS WHO BELIEVE ON MEDIA BUT NOT ON THEIR TEAM MATES GEO PAKISTAN TRY THAT ENGLAND GOT SAME HUMILATING TREATMENT IN ODI AND IN T20

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    hahahahahahah great jOb pAkiStan wEll dOnE , yOur Are loOking LikE A World NO 1 teAm , INSHALLAH pAk will becoMe NO 1 tEam soOn , i Am vERy hAppY tO sEE thiS, bUt tOdAy englAnd AlSo plAy vEry well, wE Want tO whitewash indiA but they didnoT plAy with us bcAz they ArE Affried from OuR pErfOrmanCe . gOOd lUck PAkiStAn lOOOOOOOOOOOOnG livEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE pAkistaaaaaaaaaaan pAkistAn tAondA bAdddd

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    second time the number one team has been whitewashed in the last few months

  • schatterjee on February 6, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    a sloppy performance by very weak english team,as i said before 3-0 on the cards,also white washes waiting in sri lanka and india, may be they can try to push for green carpet pitches in sri lanka or india ,to have any chance of winning in sri lanka or india which i highly douby,may be they should show a excuse and not go there as white wash is waiting.england needs some standard batsman and spinners.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    Thumbs up.....Great Sport, Great Team, Great Win

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    Pakistanis have Green Washed the series

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    i think pak will be next no 1

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Well done Pakistan...!! Great Job..!!! Under calm & gentle Misbah's Captaincy, with Younis Khan,..who we like, and friendly with SL. Recalling my of great Waqar and Amir Sohail in the past. Pakistan Zindabad..!!!

  • NeoTheSaviour on February 6, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    No 1.. LOL.. Really funny.. Worst No1 ever. White wash against No 6 team.. LOL

  • dennis.cricinfo on February 6, 2012, 13:03 GMT

    Hmmm ... by the look of Andrew's midsection, he had his thoughts on other matters.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    As a Pakistani, i will always want my team to win but i have high respect for English team! Still I will say they are one of the best teams in test cricket! Struass,Cook,Trott,Peitersen,Bell,Morgan,Prior & then Broad & Swann...a huge and deep batting line up! they didnt got the no.1 rank by fluke, i still remember how they performed in last 2 years!It is not like that english batsmen are batting poorly, it's just rehman and ajmal are in the form of their lives and not letting them play big innings, all the best to both teams and to all English cricket Fans! from Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    WELL DONE MISBAH AND PAKISTAN THEY HAVE TAKEN INDIA FIRST REVENGE TO 4-0 WHOTE WASH

  • dravid.s on February 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Andy flower First teach ur player how to play SPIN then think about WORLD CUP..........well Play pakistan.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    This is clinical display from a good Asian side.. We are good when we rely on our spin bowlers..

    In India, we have become cocktail..We have fast bowlers like Munaf, Shreesanth, Ishant, Vinay Kumar etc who perform once in 10-20 tests and spinners like Ashwin, Sharma who never terns the ball always beaten by good hitters..

    We are starving for good spinners, should be a wake up call for BCCI... Someone please try to develop, nurture some good quality turners of the cricket ball.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan for whitwashing the loud mouthed English team. From an Indian. You guys played better cricket and deserved this type of win. Congrats to you again. We are happy for you for hammering this loud mouthed English team. For England team, i would only say, your guys should of kept their loud mouth shut when the indian team was down and out. You never talk such things about opposition when they were clearly struggling. No doubt you played better against India but it was needless of you to talk non-sense after nonsense. Its time you suffer the same fate. Now you know the pain of being whitewashed the same feeling that India is going through. Better keep your mouth shut and play cricket with bat and ball next time. I don't feel sorry for English team they deserved this trashing and yet its not the end their worst is yet to come when they travel to SL and India.

  • r1zzy on February 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan....u deserved it excellent bowling throughtout the series and some good batting now and again. England were poor but showed signs of improving, England gave it a decent go in their second innings, especially Cook. Now for ODI's bring on Afridi...Inshallah another win for Pakistan.

  • PACEGUY on February 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    Well Played Pakistan, Congragulations this is a very big emphatic victory achieved for Pakistan this tour so far is going accrodding to plan. The result was a bit blaintan, England were overrated againt spin just before they even embarked on this tour, England put on a perfromance that is completely the opposite of what most of us would have thought. England seriously need to get their acts together if they are to avoid a tour white wash and thats something that the supporters of Pakistan will right now will be praying for. Guess what England in even deeper mud if they don't buck up their performance becuase Pakistan are bringing in more lethal, hardcore players from back home in Pakistan so my suggestion to everyone is to pleez fasten your set belts I really hope they are strong because we are about embark on a very bumpy ride. Best of Luck to all cricket teams in the world.

  • MADHURYA.VARTSHNEY on February 6, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    AFTER SEEING THIS INDIA IS WAITING FOR AUSTRALIA WHITEWASH IN ASIA

  • tahsinshaan on February 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistan oh Dear !!.. when would u stop amazing me... M from India, but cannot stop myself from praizing your efforts..U deserve every inch of the Victory u earned..England no doubt is one of the most difficult team to handle..But still u made them bite the dust..Great Cricket..hope pakiz hv an awesome Future!! best of Luck for Future.!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    It seems that Hawk-Eye also cannot read Ajmal's doosra, probably because it is English. :D :D

    Even if the Modify Hawk-Eye for doosra there will be problem again bcz of Teesra  Pakistani Bowlers have too many variations to be handled by a machine. I still remember Pak vs India Semi-Final The Hawk-Eye didn't read Ajmal's doosra when Tendoulkar got out by LBW. Anyways Pak gonna be on the top of list soon :)

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (February 06 2012, 10:03 AM GMT) - Come on man - let's not nit pick. Pakistan great , England poor

  • bhrangi on February 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Mr. 5wombat where r u ??? i haven't seen u for long time..,LOL. Here after i wont expect u to crow / advise on other team over seas performance. I think PAK and SA deserve to criticize India. At least we haven't folded under 100s in over seas LOL.,., Congrats PAK u deserve this., From an INDIAN FAN :)

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Well , before the plague of usual comments from other countries I'd like to say how pleased I am with the lack of gloating comms from the majority of Pakistani fans , so fair play to you guys. Thought it was funny that some people from a neighbouring country tried to stir things up between Pak and Eng fans with zero success. Re the comms that are coming from other countries. Yes I/we (England fans) know that England's number 1 ranking is seriously flawed and that we were lucky to beat an injured India , also with the help of bad umpiring,doctored pitches etc and Australia was a pure fluke as was our unbeaten run in tests for the best part of 3 years. Because we were whitewashed by Pakistan also means that Sri Lanka and India will also whitewash us and doesn't reflect at all on how Pakistan played?? I hope that Pakistan get their chance to pick their wits against SA,Australia etc and hope they can continue their form and climbing the ICC table

  • shovwar on February 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    England dont deserve to be the no1 in test....a whitewash?

  • Gizza on February 6, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    It is not a good sign to be ranked No. 1 these days!

  • Bodders70 on February 6, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Congratulations to Pakistan, brilliant comeback after being all out for 99 as the first since 1907 and the first whitewash so lots of records broken. Very well deserved, the much better team for most of the series. For an England fan, I hope they've learnt something for the Sri Lankan tour and I'd probably stick with the same line up as the replacements are all a bit too young still and aren't sub-continental specialists either. Maybe Samit Patel as a batsman/third spinner instead of Morgan is the only one I'd consider.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Sending you a JUMBO-SIZED Congratulations! You did it!

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Absolute fair play to Pakistan who've played with discipline and fought like tigers when the going got tough.As I've said in previous posts fair play to the majority of Pak fans for being so respectful towards Eng fans throughout the series.As for Eng I feel they need to make some brave decisions.Although Morgan was always my first choice to be omitted to make way for a 5th bowler I now think that despite his form of last year Bell should be the 1st to be dropped/rested as he looks shot of both form and confidence and that continually picking him whilst he's in this form will do further damage. He has come back before and can do so again.I wouldn't change much else.I feel our bowling has been at worst OK and at times superb so all I'd do is bring in Finn for Bell right now. While our batsmen were at best patchy I don't feel that we have anyone that will come into a confidence lacking batting side and make a positive difference.I just hope that ourbatsmen can rediscover form/confidence

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    Magnificently Played PAKISTAN!!! Take a BOW!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    PaKiStAn ZiNdHaBaTh,,,,,,,,,,

  • Touseef117 on February 6, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Pakistan white washed England............what a performance by the team....congratulations to all Pakistan spotters all around the World......

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    Well done Team Pakistan...3-0 comprehensive win. SALUTE!

  • pak78 on February 6, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    congrats team pakistan on the win, and 3-0 whitwash they have given to the so called number 1 test side in the world good luck 4 the odi series and welcome bk to the side booom boommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    There was no spot fixing that is why Pakistan did clean sweep.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Great win and must win for pak cricket...congrats '<3 se'...keep this momentum T20 nad ODI...Complete whitewash...

  • sharkwolf on February 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    Hello we did it... atlast weldone Team Pakistan...

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    I really wanna see what the english fans have to say now :)

  • whiskey_dosa on February 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    What a great batter Anderson is. He made 3 runs more than Bell in 6 innings. Amazing!

    Lets hope he's promoted above Bell in the next match. Yay!

  • Andrabi10 on February 6, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    pak win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! by 71 runs!!!!!!!!!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    No one noticed anything Pakistan did in the last two years due to the scandal, and rightly so in the eyes of every self-respecting follower around the world. But now the world bears witness to the very first steps beyond 'that' tour. Well Played Pakistan, don't listen to those who say the England batsmen got themselves out, it was the skill of Rehman and co who did it for you, now you can take your first steps back into the world of International cricket. You've may have a way to go, but you've earned those first few steps.

  • doosra_inventer on February 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    yooooooooo Pakistan cracked the No.1, weldone Pak team u deserved to win a very due white wash for Eng from Pakistan...Pak Spinners rocks

  • IShahG on February 6, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    Gr8 work team Pakistan. England tried their best but they are facing the best spin attack and proving that there is no team called to be No. 1 until and unless they could perform on every ground and every condition. Point.

  • Captain_Crick on February 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    3-0 Whitewash! Great display of talent and skill from Pakistan. England needs to learn to play quality spin bowling in sub continent conditions to avoid these kind of defeats.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    What an achievement by Pakistan, Surely the happest moment in Pak cricket after 92 world cup and 2009 world cup, Kudos to them. Thanks for bringing the smile for ur people. we love u

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Congrats to Pakistan. What a performance. England well ...u have been spin washed!

  • sunnysaeed on February 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Pakistan Won ... well done pak .....

  • PakEditor on February 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    Remarkable stuff!!! Stunning turnaround from 2010. Wait for the barrage of meaningless stats hurled at Pak fans now. Let the Jugni begin!!!

  • bigben_bigben on February 6, 2012, 12:40 GMT

    So much for the Number 1 test team in world cricket.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:38 GMT

    The First Whitewash of the England Test Cricket Team by Pakistan (after Australia, the West Indies and India). The First Time a British Monarch Celebrates a Diamond Jubilee since Queen Victoria. All on the Same Day. 'A Day in the Life' of England Cricket. Well Done Pakistan. Your Nation and Your Team TRULY Deserves and NEEDS this Victory. The Game of Cricket needed this Victoria. ENJOY. Time for Celebration and Jubilation

  • saintsinister on February 6, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    Congrats Pakistan for a well deserved whitewash.. COME ONN!!!!! :D

  • jamfai on February 6, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    WHITEWASH is one word..Go Green!

  • Crashriprock on February 6, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    I f Prior and Anderson dig the poms outta this one it will be nought short of a miracle

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    I'd have liked to see a longer series - I think it would have been even better if England had had more warm-up matches, and played 4 or 5 Tests. I still think Pakistan would have won, but it would have been a bit closer. Unfortunately, most teams now dominate in home conditions for these reasons - the other team is out of the series before they've come to terms with the conditions.

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    drinks break, taking into the last hour of the day. Eng - 230/8. Prior last batsman standing on 40, looking good. but will need company on the other end. he has to play from both ends. difficult. but prior not impossible. Though Pak have a strong grip on the game and the white-wash.

  • on February 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    229/8, it's the last rites now.

    Well done Pakistan - excellent, accurate spin, with some handy support from Gul. Fielding and batting looks brittle, but winning your home series is the beginning, then you start winning the away series too. That's how England did it, up til now.

    England have been getting away with their batting frailties for a while now, but not this series. I feel sorry for the England bowlers, they're as good a unit as England have had in as long as I can remember. Broad and Anderson are a faultless opening attack. I'd like to see a wholesale overhaul of the middle order, starting with Bell and, regretfully, Morgan, of whom I had such high hopes. Alex Hales is being groomed to replace Strauss, and Cook will take the captaincy - this hand-over could be within the next 2 years.

  • Hawk_Pk on February 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge....man!!!!!! some guts you have....this much thrashing and you are still asking for more....aren't you brand ambassador for PEPSI..ye dil mange more...

  • mathmaxt on February 6, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    that so-called off spinner is a chucker.

  • Guernica on February 6, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    I'm trying to look for the positives - there aren't really any for England in this series, but at least England Lions have won their one-day series in Sri-Lanka, showing that the next generation have some clue on sub-continent pitches (Joss Buttler in particular who has been outstanding).

  • KingOwl on February 6, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    Sri Lanka's 1-0 loss to Pakistan now looks like quite an achievement. In fact, they came near beating Pakistan in one test (if not for the rain). I have no doubt that Pakistan has greater home advantage on these wickets than in the flat tracks in Pakistan. I also have no doubt that England are the biggest of fakes to become #1 in test cricket.

  • saintsinister on February 6, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Hodra99 they are talking about england against Pakistan.. not overall.. Broad out, It's all about getting prior out now.. Really shouldn't have taken the new ball.. Runs are flowing everyball even with edges and retarded field placements.. too negative.. u wud actually think England was winning and Pakistan was just trying to contain runs..

  • on February 6, 2012, 11:20 GMT

    This loss is going to be utterly gut wrenching for england, whether they remain No. 1 or not. The manner of the defeat is more disappointing then anything else. It should be borne in mind that when pakistan came to england they lost very comprhensively to them ( 3-1), with a string of batting collapses. The tables have certainly been turned, and theyhave some self respect back.

  • satish619chandar on February 6, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Well as the series begins to end, England has some positives too.. The way their team's bowling held up under these conditions was awesome.. Broad's persistence with Anderson's supportive bowling was more than worthy.. Swann against lefties was devastating but not that effective against righties whom Monty troubled.. Had it not been for loads of patience of Asad and Azhar last match and the middle order this match, England could have won the series.. England's batting was a worry under these conditions.. Pakistan bowling was awesome as they had plans for each of English middle order.. Cook and Trott were untroubled but they never looked commanding.. Scoring at 2 an over dint help too.. Anyway, England bowling looks healthy and batting got the necessary wakeup call.. Ind and SL doesnt have the attack of Pak.. All the best for the tour in subcontinent..

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 6, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    Will his series mark the first steps towards Pakistan moving on from the scandal of their last tour of England? They may only be first baby steps, but they are steps.

  • on February 6, 2012, 11:07 GMT

    I still think England can win this from 176-6. They need to play out this final session without losing any wickets. Broad and Swann are capable batsmen.

  • nogginthenog on February 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    AS an England supporter, I'm not too disappointed by this series, and that's because it's been such good entertainment. Pak is the worthy winner, and it's been proper, serious Test cricket. You have to see it as a good thing that 'the number 1 team' can be trounced by a relatively low-ranked team (currently at least). It's good for the game, and just proves that ratings don't count for much really. It wouldn't be much of a sport if the top teams always won.

  • Hodra99 on February 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @Sports4Youth..."the first white-wash on the cards for eng"...ummm no. Remember 'that' debacle in Australian in 2006/07...5-0...short memories England fans...

  • Hodra99 on February 6, 2012, 11:02 GMT

    @Sports4Youth..."the first white-wash on the cards for eng"...ummm no. Remember 'that' debacle in Australian in 2006/07...5-0...short memories England fans...

  • Hodra99 on February 6, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge...your back! We all thought you had disappeared from cricinfo...If I were you I wouldn't be worrying about Akmals appealing, I'd be focusing on how bad England are...again, it is better to love in the now...3-0!

  • saintsinister on February 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    LoL.. Pakistan back to the old butter finger ways.. they already have gotten 6 out even though technically they have dropped 3 so should've been 9 at the same score.. If Pakistan wants to climb up the ratings they need to go for the kill instead of just waiting for mistakes.. smell the blood and go for the kill instead of letting them off the hook with dropped catches.. same thing hit us hard in world cup semifinal too.. 3 dropped catches of tendulkar.. Overall Pakistan should win from here but even now i wouldn't take away the chance england have with broad, swann and prior as whenever someone attacks Pakistan the shoulders drop pretty fast..Hoping still for a whitewash.. GO PAKISTAN :D

  • Elliott_Tree on February 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    KashifMuneer on (February 06 2012, 09:49 AM GMT): Yes, it is an intersting time to be a Test cricket fan. I think Eng would have proved themselves undisputed #1 if they had beaten Pak in UAE and SL in SL. But after this thrashing - it's all wide open.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    Chill out guys, its coming, slowly but surely.

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    Tea, day 4. Eng - 173/6. Pak have both their hands on the game. Eng trying trying to get their finger nails on the game. Pak definate favorites. Now they just have to get the danger-men Prior and Broad out of the way to begin celebrations. A Historic moment this. the first white-wash on the cards for eng.

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 6, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    I do not know why Akmal brothers are always in so much hurry. When Kamran and Umer bating they try to make shot on one ball and when they keep, try to stump or through with out the grasping the ball. Most of the time they keep appeal for nothing. Someone get them understand and inject some patient.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:47 GMT

    #Hammad-Hasan

    Its Not Over-APpealing My dear, Keeper have to be Active to pressurize Batsman and Umpire as well. i think he is the best keeper in these days. no one is alternative of adnan akmal ... he is doing his job well i think its enough :)

    Dont hate "Appreciate" :)

  • Navaid-Hussain on February 6, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    Pakistan lost so many matches by their fielding and its look like to happen again. There is no cure except you have to put lot of hard work. Generally teams do let off catches, but when its come Pakistan they are very generous, when they give changes they give in large number. That is why Pak bowlers try to get wickets by bowled or LBW. I hope that despite the worst fielding side they will mange to win.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Pakistan's victory in the Third Test match and whitewashing England 3-0 is a foregone conclusion.England batsmen are just prolonging their agony by just blocking the balls and pushing them for singles.The wicket is assisting the Pakistani spinners with turn and bounce off the rough.Every now and then an unplayable ball is delivered that fetch wicket.Given the rate of scoring runs England reaching the target before fall of all England's wicket is out of the equation.Batting on this wicket,which is a veritable minefield,is nightmarish for any batsman.England could be bundled out today(the fourth day)before the close if Pakistan's fielding would come up to the expected standard.Pakistan is in this cosy position because of the splended partnership between Younis Khan and Azhar Ali.Younis Khan batted brilliantly and played one of his finest innings for Pakistan at a critical juncture.The youngster Azhar Ali justified the faith reposed in him by the coach and the captain.

  • on February 6, 2012, 10:38 GMT

    yeah.. bell and morgan gone.. now pakistan will win easily INSHALLAH.. ony prior left :D

  • Sports4Youth on February 6, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    Posted by Elliott_Tree on (February 06 2012, 09:50 AM GMT) :-- you are right. even i thought that after producing a good series Pak players will now refuse to catch any thiing. But in any case those 3 dropped catches were very poor from Pak. Any other team would have taken them all. 10/10.

  • Hammad-Hasan on February 6, 2012, 10:05 GMT

    i think England will win this test match and Morgan and Bell will score runs this time. Pak will loose tha match because of their poor feliding ....

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    Pakistan's keeper gave a pretty shameful display of over-appealing in this series, I guess if you're trying to come back from where that team has been in the last two years you'd be like that as you try to win your first series, and begin the opening process of moving on from 'that' scandal. His lack of maturity is starkly evident unfortunately.

  • lovecricket.com on February 6, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    wish i could be watching this series live, sigh, but bloody awsome from the pakistanis. cannot wait til pak aussie, or england aussie series

  • Elliott_Tree on February 6, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    KP & Cook just gone and the opera diva is doing her scales. Well played Pakistan - I thought your old catching demons might have given Eng a chance, but Pak bowlers are just too good.

  • Elliott_Tree on February 6, 2012, 9:50 GMT

    KP & Cook just gone and the opera diva is doing her scales. Well played Pakistan - I thought your old catching demons might have given Eng a chance, but Pak bowlers are just too good.

  • Dyed.Corduroy on February 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    " That went straight to his ribs ... " .. What a comment for a spinner (Rehman) .. Wonderful bowling by Pakistani spinners .. Keep it up ..

  • KashifMuneer on February 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    I can see the end of this game today and a white wash of the No.1 ranked team by the No.5 ranked team I/A. Just goes to show how close all the test playing teams are. No current test team is dominant in all conditions. Keeps the cricket competetive and interesting for all viewers.

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    Common Ajmal. Awesome bowling. Now finish them off asap.

  • Badgerofdoom on February 6, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Cook and Pieterson gone, industrial sized miracle needed....

  • deconstruct on February 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Some things NEVER change in Pakistan cricket. Even as a kid I remember Pakistan team having a party of dropped catches, with everyone joining in: the not-so-good fielders along with the best fielders (according to Pakistani standards) in the team - they wouldn't drop one or two; they would always drop them in a heap!

    I am afraid Pakistan is in real danger of losing this match. Last series in UAE against SL, they kept dropping Sanakkar and paid the price by settling for a draw instead of a certain win. This time, the price may be higher!

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    i dont know why. but i feel pakistan is not that willing to take wkts? bcz the body language is pakistan not much positve than brits. if pakistan play like ( ok whatever we'll take wkts later) then i think they might lose the match. and i will have to say that well done england team

  • Badgerofdoom on February 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    England really have to try and rotate the strike, Trotts dismissal is an example of letting the pressure build before having a slog. We can win with 3 singles an over but not by playing out maiden after maiden.

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (February 06 2012, 08:33 AM GMT) agreed re positivity. We have already been given let offs and are 2 wickets down as I type and I feel we are generally being bogged down again. Afraid I'm nowhere near as upbeat as you. I'd say that KP and Cook need to get us up to 200 as I have little faith in Bell,Morgan and the rest. My advice would be to be positive from the word go as it doesn't seem to get easier with time for the batsmen , the way they're trying to go about things

  • Ghinva on February 6, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Mr.Hoops! ur humor is something exceptional.Lovve it! cant stop giggling!] "At one point he burst out coughing as if in sore need of a lozenge and Trott looked at him in deadpan fashion" one must admit u r a witter!

  • jmcilhinney on February 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I was hoping for a bit more positivity from England. Strauss lasted a bit longer than normal but it didn't seem to me that he played any differently. Note that I'm reading commentary and not watching, but there seemed to be a lot of back foot play again and he went LBW again. Cook seemed a bit more positive, if still quite defensive. If someone is going to play a long, patient innings though, he'd be high on your list of choices. Trott's dismissal was disappointing. Blocking out five maidens and then getting out slogging is not really what I had in mind when I said I wanted them to be aggressive. Hopefully KP can put some pressure on the bowlers after lunch. He looked a bit better last innings. It's hard to have any confidence in Bell and Morgan right now so these two really need to push on. I feel like if Prior comes to the wicket with less than 100 still needed then they are in with a chance. That's more 135 runs before 3 more wickets. Should be possible.

  • on February 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    As a Pakistani, i will always want my team to win but i have high respect for English team! Still I will say they are one of the best teams in test cricket! Struass,Cook,Trott,Peitersen,Bell,Morgan,Prior & then Broad & Swann...a huge and deep batting line up! they didnt got the no.1 rank by fluke, i still remember how they performed in last 2 years!It is not like that english batsmen are batting poorly, it's just rehman and ajmal are in the form of their lives and not letting them play big innings, all the best to both teams and to all English cricket Fans! from Pakistan.

  • rawcrickettalent on February 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    awww man 3 catches dropped :( easy ones too...now lets wait and see how they will matter in the game!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Hope those drop chances dnt cost Pakistan a match, Still Pak are favourities to win this one, GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

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  • on February 6, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    Hope those drop chances dnt cost Pakistan a match, Still Pak are favourities to win this one, GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN

  • rawcrickettalent on February 6, 2012, 8:30 GMT

    awww man 3 catches dropped :( easy ones too...now lets wait and see how they will matter in the game!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    As a Pakistani, i will always want my team to win but i have high respect for English team! Still I will say they are one of the best teams in test cricket! Struass,Cook,Trott,Peitersen,Bell,Morgan,Prior & then Broad & Swann...a huge and deep batting line up! they didnt got the no.1 rank by fluke, i still remember how they performed in last 2 years!It is not like that english batsmen are batting poorly, it's just rehman and ajmal are in the form of their lives and not letting them play big innings, all the best to both teams and to all English cricket Fans! from Pakistan.

  • jmcilhinney on February 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    I was hoping for a bit more positivity from England. Strauss lasted a bit longer than normal but it didn't seem to me that he played any differently. Note that I'm reading commentary and not watching, but there seemed to be a lot of back foot play again and he went LBW again. Cook seemed a bit more positive, if still quite defensive. If someone is going to play a long, patient innings though, he'd be high on your list of choices. Trott's dismissal was disappointing. Blocking out five maidens and then getting out slogging is not really what I had in mind when I said I wanted them to be aggressive. Hopefully KP can put some pressure on the bowlers after lunch. He looked a bit better last innings. It's hard to have any confidence in Bell and Morgan right now so these two really need to push on. I feel like if Prior comes to the wicket with less than 100 still needed then they are in with a chance. That's more 135 runs before 3 more wickets. Should be possible.

  • Ghinva on February 6, 2012, 8:40 GMT

    Mr.Hoops! ur humor is something exceptional.Lovve it! cant stop giggling!] "At one point he burst out coughing as if in sore need of a lozenge and Trott looked at him in deadpan fashion" one must admit u r a witter!

  • JG2704 on February 6, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    @jmcilhinney on (February 06 2012, 08:33 AM GMT) agreed re positivity. We have already been given let offs and are 2 wickets down as I type and I feel we are generally being bogged down again. Afraid I'm nowhere near as upbeat as you. I'd say that KP and Cook need to get us up to 200 as I have little faith in Bell,Morgan and the rest. My advice would be to be positive from the word go as it doesn't seem to get easier with time for the batsmen , the way they're trying to go about things

  • Badgerofdoom on February 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    England really have to try and rotate the strike, Trotts dismissal is an example of letting the pressure build before having a slog. We can win with 3 singles an over but not by playing out maiden after maiden.

  • on February 6, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    i dont know why. but i feel pakistan is not that willing to take wkts? bcz the body language is pakistan not much positve than brits. if pakistan play like ( ok whatever we'll take wkts later) then i think they might lose the match. and i will have to say that well done england team

  • deconstruct on February 6, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    Some things NEVER change in Pakistan cricket. Even as a kid I remember Pakistan team having a party of dropped catches, with everyone joining in: the not-so-good fielders along with the best fielders (according to Pakistani standards) in the team - they wouldn't drop one or two; they would always drop them in a heap!

    I am afraid Pakistan is in real danger of losing this match. Last series in UAE against SL, they kept dropping Sanakkar and paid the price by settling for a draw instead of a certain win. This time, the price may be higher!

  • Badgerofdoom on February 6, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Cook and Pieterson gone, industrial sized miracle needed....