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

'A dream come true' - Mohsin Khan

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Mohsin Khan, the Pakistan coach, compared his team's whitewash against England to the 1992 World Cup triumph after the 3-0 margin was sealed with a 71-run victory in Dubai. It was the first time since 1907 that a team had won after being dismissed in double figures in the first innings of a Test and completed Pakistan's first cleansweep over England.

"Today is like a dream come true," Mohsin told Sky Sports. "It's not a very experienced team but it's very talented. Today, the captain and all the players have proved they are one of the best in the world. It's a great achievement for the Pakistan team."

Pakistan's captain Misbah-ul-Haq always believed his team could fight back from their poor first innings which had seen them 44 for 7 before lunch on the opening day. The fightback started with the bowlers and was built on by Younis Khan and Azhar Ali who struck the only hundreds made in the series.

"After being bowled out for 99 nobody thought we could come back," Misbah said. "But that is what this Pakistan team has been doing for the last year and a half, coming back in pressure situations. Everybody performed well, especially the bowlers. Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman brought us back into the game then there was a wonderful batting performance from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali. I think that was the difference in this game."

As they have throughout the series, England struggled to combat Pakistan's spinners. Ajmal took four wickets in the final innings to take his series tally to 24 at 14.70 which earned him the Man-of-the-Series award. But it wasn't all spin that ended England's hopes of a consolation victory as Umar Gul took out key middle-order scalps in another penetrative spell.

First he struck with the old ball to extract Ian Bell and then Eoin Morgan with the new ball to ensure no lower-order heroics from Stuart Broad or Graeme Swann. Having also taken a four-wicket haul in the previous Test in Dubai at the start of the series Misbah was full of praise for his senior fast bowler.

"He's a wonderful bowler, whenever we need him he performs well," he said. "Today he gave us four precious wickets. He's a matchwinning bowler and he showed that again today."

For Andrew Strauss the defeat completed a chastening three weeks where England's credentials as the leading Test team have been left in tatters. The bowlers couldn't have done more to try and keep their side in the series but time and again the batting failed to respond and Strauss admitted the constant failures were unexpected.

"I'm a little surprised we didn't get bigger scores over the three matches," he said. "That was a consistent failure on our part but you have to give credit to Pakistan. When they got their noses in front they didn't let us back in. We have to learn lessons from this. I'm a great believer you don't become a great team overnight or a bad team overnight."

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  • on February 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan Cricket Team. Misbah's Men have made us proud Pakistani's. Pray this team always performs with fighting spirit.Afzaal Hazir

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    That's what you get! We lose 3 bowlers and we get many more! MashALLAH!

  • RamboX1 on February 7, 2012, 10:58 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

  • ROLAYH on February 7, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal ...it is the first time in 100 years or so when a team won after scoring less than 100 in the first inning of the match.....

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @ zuber21886.... sorry again for your info..... Pakistan Drew series with Austrailia 1-1 in England... and was not very far from doing same 2-2 to with England in England...its just Salman Butt had different plans then...otherwise england were 6 down for less than 100......

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @ zuber21886..... I completely DISAGREE with your opinion.... Pakistan has performed extremely well in this series. Dont forget it is not home soil for Pakistan. People call it home series for Pakistan but they are still playing outside their Country.... So I say congrats to everyone involved and to all cricket lovers. It was great fun watching this series. mind you England is not as bad as they may look right now... I still see them bouncing back...

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mr Irfan Ahmed; do I take it that you consider Pakistan's fielding to be of test standard or that fielding plays little part in a game of cricket? Well, if you do, I disagree. For me, as long as Pakistan does not imrove its fielding standard to par, it can never be even number 2 ranked test team, even if both its bowling and batting are excellent.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    this is a team work to beat world 1 team and England always behind the Pakistani team -well done everyone of Pakistani

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Misbah has told us that we were not to curse him for long after the world cup semifinal! He has proved that! Winning a test-match itself is something huge! And he has brought us series of series wins!! Hail Misbah! Our Cricketing Leader!

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

    The comment of Strauss "I'm a great believer you don't become a great team overnight or a bad team overnight." holds wisdom and that is absolutely true. Great teams are that of Australia which ruled in 70s,90s and early part of 20s.The W.I which ruled in 80s and 90s. Beside them teams such as England, India, Pakistan and South Africa also stamp their authority for one or two years in test cricket. Forget about this ICC test ranking system which is as misleading and as difficult to understand as Dukworth Lewis system in ODI

  • on February 7, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Well done Pakistan Cricket Team. Misbah's Men have made us proud Pakistani's. Pray this team always performs with fighting spirit.Afzaal Hazir

  • on February 7, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    That's what you get! We lose 3 bowlers and we get many more! MashALLAH!

  • RamboX1 on February 7, 2012, 10:58 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

  • ROLAYH on February 7, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal ...it is the first time in 100 years or so when a team won after scoring less than 100 in the first inning of the match.....

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:35 GMT

    @ zuber21886.... sorry again for your info..... Pakistan Drew series with Austrailia 1-1 in England... and was not very far from doing same 2-2 to with England in England...its just Salman Butt had different plans then...otherwise england were 6 down for less than 100......

  • imrankhan76uk on February 6, 2012, 18:32 GMT

    @ zuber21886..... I completely DISAGREE with your opinion.... Pakistan has performed extremely well in this series. Dont forget it is not home soil for Pakistan. People call it home series for Pakistan but they are still playing outside their Country.... So I say congrats to everyone involved and to all cricket lovers. It was great fun watching this series. mind you England is not as bad as they may look right now... I still see them bouncing back...

  • zarasochozarasamjho on February 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Mr Irfan Ahmed; do I take it that you consider Pakistan's fielding to be of test standard or that fielding plays little part in a game of cricket? Well, if you do, I disagree. For me, as long as Pakistan does not imrove its fielding standard to par, it can never be even number 2 ranked test team, even if both its bowling and batting are excellent.

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    this is a team work to beat world 1 team and England always behind the Pakistani team -well done everyone of Pakistani

  • on February 6, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Misbah has told us that we were not to curse him for long after the world cup semifinal! He has proved that! Winning a test-match itself is something huge! And he has brought us series of series wins!! Hail Misbah! Our Cricketing Leader!

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

    The comment of Strauss "I'm a great believer you don't become a great team overnight or a bad team overnight." holds wisdom and that is absolutely true. Great teams are that of Australia which ruled in 70s,90s and early part of 20s.The W.I which ruled in 80s and 90s. Beside them teams such as England, India, Pakistan and South Africa also stamp their authority for one or two years in test cricket. Forget about this ICC test ranking system which is as misleading and as difficult to understand as Dukworth Lewis system in ODI

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 6, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    No Doubt!!! Pakistan Performed Really Very Well...

  • AlanHarrison on February 6, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. It doesn't necessarily make them now the best team in the world, but cricket owes them thanks. A result like this with the no.1 team in the world losing so heavily to the no.5 team - in a series which isn't even properly speaking a home series for the latter - shows how competitive world cricket is, as should indeed be the case. I note the mention of how long it was since a team was bowled out for less than 100 in their first innings and lost a test: I assume that statistic is accurate, although you may be right, Bipin Dapal, though I personally cannot remember the match you mention featuring South Africa. I have another question however for those with statistical interests: can anyone tell me when was the last time a batsman did as Azhar Ali did in this match, and made a higher individual score in his second innings than either team made in total in their first innings? I feel sure this has happened before but I cannot remember such an instance.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    @England: welcome to our continent... 1.PAK 2.SI 3.IND.. Indians are preparing pitches that turn from 1st day for you..

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:34 GMT

    pakisatn z always unpredicted and this time they are black horse n night mare for england... keep it up pkistan team.

  • Rahulbose on February 6, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    LOL Strauss is sounding more and more like Dhoni.

  • on February 6, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Well played Pakistan.You showed true Asian spirits.This will be a true inspiration for struggling Asian teams.

  • Jarr30 on February 6, 2012, 17:27 GMT

    Being an English fan, I congatulate their captain Misba for bringing his team together and playing like a team, but I don't think this Pakistani team have the talent to play on bouncy pitches. Playing in Dubai & Sharjah will be easy for them, but we will see how good you guys are in England.

  • badmaash on February 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    While younis and azhar deserve the credit, we must not forget the lone battle waged by Asad Shafiq in the first innings. From 44-7 he more than doubled the score and that was every bit as important as Azhar's century and Ajmal's five-for.

  • donda on February 6, 2012, 16:55 GMT

    I just say that ICC needs to improve it criteria for ranking system. They must add value of away and home advantage in the rankings. Winning at home is easy but it's hard to win away and that should be counted for.

    But i am happy that we have beaten world #1 team and with authority called whitewash. clean wash. woh.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:27 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal- S.A batted second and so technically their first innings was the second innings of the match, while Pakistan played the first innings of the match.

  • on February 6, 2012, 16:12 GMT

    @bipin the first innings of a match not of a team...they are saying this because pakistan batted on the very first innings of the match and on the very first day, no other team had ever done that, SA was bowled out on the second or third day...cheers

  • Chuck_Nunchuck on February 6, 2012, 15:59 GMT

    "I'm a little surprised we didn't get bigger scores over the three matches," he said..are you kidding me..didnt you get any ideas of the batting woes during the one dayers where you guys were hammered by India in India. gosh reality does suck innit? not saying we are any good :D

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

    What is more troublesome for England; a defeat or a defeats within 4 days, none of the test match saw the 5th day sun.. 1st test was over in 3 days with England defeated, 2nd test was over on 4th day with England defeated and 3rd test was over on 4th Day as well with same result, England defeated (World #1 Test team defeated 3-0)....by Pakistan..

    Pakistan became world # 1 team in ODI after winning the World cup in Australia in 1992.. (on a foreign Land).

    Proud to be a Pakistani and a its supporter.

    Criteria to be number one is not winning all the matches in the same pitch or conditions, but to win them in every other place also with a convincing win.. Pakistan have started doing it and soon other will follow.

    Team Misbah.. Mashallah..

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    IPL had been criticized by England for India's failure. What happened to England? If you don't have technique for the conditions, you are bound to fail. IPL does not change anybodies technique. Mr Boycotts, Bothams, Hussains and rest experts must understand this.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Love my Pakistan. Great performance :DD::D:D:D:D

  • Charindra on February 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Greetings from Sri Lanka!

  • mars2009 on February 6, 2012, 15:35 GMT

    Welcome to planet earth, team England.

  • PrasPunter on February 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    @Bipin Dahal, SA got dismissed for 96 in the 2nd innings of a Test - they didnt bat first and got bowled out, unlike this case where Pak has won after batting first and getting bowled out for 99. And everyone's claim is about Pak achieving exactly this for the first time in 107 years. Hope this clears the air.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Aataz : There are lies , damn lies and statistics. Pakistan should be installed as best team in the world as at present.Congratulation to Pakistan for swift demolition job. Keep Mohsin Khan.

  • Shah-Ji on February 6, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    It tastes So So Sweet,

    England did not played bad ,They just caught by surprise. PAK performance was a surprise . PAK played extremely well at neutral Venue with neutral empire to topple No 1..

  • Tiger-Khan on February 6, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    Pak Xindabaad!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT

    In 90's Pakistan cricket team had great names like miandad ,Imran khan ,Wasim,Waqar,Inzmam ,Yousaf etc.But they still were not able to do wht this team has done ,white wash .You know why ?IMHO Bcz it was players playing in and for a team not for thereselves !!!!It was a great teamwork .Well done Pakistan!!!!

  • babarzia on February 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    heartfelt thanks to the news of the world and the English justice system for catching the bad seeds. Cricket is all about discipline rather than flair, kudos to Misbah and his young guns.

  • Hindustani1983 on February 6, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Being a Hindustani i am very happy for Pakistan.Its been tough time for you guys.I hope even Srilankans defeat England 2-0 and before that South Africans should defeat Kiwis 3-0 which would topple English Men from the Number one rankings.And also these things would Prove that England are good only in their Home not elsewhere.

  • on February 6, 2012, 15:01 GMT

    @Aatzaz Latif - Its a home series win for Pakistan and in order to climb up the ladder of Test ranking theyI must play some overseas tournaments and win as well. If not a clean whitewash, still like 2-1 or 1-0 or any score line. This will help them a lot. being an Indian, I am proud to say that a team from Sub-continent performed so well. especially after being bowled out for 99 and then convincingly winning the test match. Hats off to the entire team and the support staff. I think PCB should drop the idea of hiring a foreign coach and should continue Mohsin Khan as the head coach.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:54 GMT

    Yes you don't become a good or a bad team overnight. But England, you have been performing bad for 21 nights. Does that make you a bad team?

  • Zahidsaltin on February 6, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    No comments at all....let the story speak for it self.

  • Hindh on February 6, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    england have been found wanting on an asian pitch for the umpteenth time and their No 1 ranking has been made into a mockery....

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    As a Sri Lankan , I am really happy for you Pakistanians & your team with all the turmoil back home , well done & hope this will unite the great nation . what is needed is unity. well done Mishab , you are a true leader.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    Well done Pakistan. Keep it up for ever.

  • sherishahmir on February 6, 2012, 14:21 GMT

    Great victory to Pakistan, we all proud of that but we can take this series as starting point and hoping our team shall start to perform with their best possible efforts, commitment and dedication to be a part of the elite group of world top teams, i.e. england, australia and south africa.

    Congtras to Misbah and each team members who really work hard and proved they can also beat any team if they believe themselves and work harder. Special thanks to Pak team for bringing smile on Pakistanis fans after a long time through this great triumph.

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

    Brilliant test cricket. Match see-sawed for first two days but then Pakistan finally batted their way out of trouble. Good show !

  • zuber21886 on February 6, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    its just the matter of time that this team goes to a overseas tour, the results will for sure differ, i am not blaming anything at pakistan, this is what going on in the cricket world. Except just one match of Nz vs Aus, which NZ found favorable, else every team are just enjoying their home conditions. This can be done by changing the domestic system of every cricketing nation

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    Indeed a big achievment considering where Paksitan team have been over th elast 2 years and what a massive turn aorund. They just need to improve their fast bowling attack along with consistent batting. Otherwise i think they are right up there with SA and Australia.

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    i am little surprised that Pakistan is beating the number 1 team in the world.But still no difference in there test ranking............ why???? Remember it is white washed also. Pakistan is still on 5th. Why????

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    PAK!STAN Z!NDABAD....!!!!!!

  • on February 6, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    CONGRATES PAKISTAN TEAM. IF U WANT U CAN DO MAY ALLAH BLESS U.

  • doctornikki on February 6, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    congrats pakistan...what a team...what a reply to those writing them off last yr and recommending to isolate them...ha ha ha....well done

  • S.Kamran.Ali on February 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WELL DONE TEAM PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • Baundele on February 6, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I do not think he even dreamed about it at the start of the series. :D

  • ravikb on February 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I agree Mr. Strauss. No team become a bad team overnight. But it's has been more than a fortnight since the test series begin. You have been thoroughly exposed in the spinning wickets like India in seaming and swinging wickets. Both India and England don't deserve no.1 ranking. At the moment I think only SA deserve it.

  • here2rock on February 6, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Nice result, A lesson for England to produce fair tracks at home. They leave so much grass on the pitches in England that there is no possiblity of spin as the ball does not loose it's shine in a hurry. A fiar result when you don't make fair tracks. Their bowlers struggle to get wickets when there is no help from the pitch. This England side will never be number 1 away from home. They love the comfort of home grounds and pitches.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Goes to show what discipline and the thoughts of serving jail time can do to this Pakistan team! What a performance indeed, won the game mentally, physically, with bat and with ball.....well deserved...Now please give us Amir back! then watch Pakistan hit true form. :)

  • GreenBlood786 on February 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Wow... What a great performance.. I LOVE MY TEAM. Wel Done Misbah.. Well Done Boys.. We can move to no.1... Yes.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    3-0 to the world's no 1 team who just bashed the other no 1 team before this match is remarkable well done Men in Green, Way to GOOOOOO & one more thing Mr Zaka Ashraf please let Mohsin Khan continue as the head Coach he simply rocks

    Pakistan Zindabad......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • captian_buddy on February 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    overnight? white washed in a 3match sieres is overnight? for gods sake plz

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    do some1 still remembers south africa was bowled out for 96 and they managed to win the game?? so now why is every1 saying for the 1st time a team had managed to win a game for the first time in last 100 years after 1907??? why?

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  • on February 6, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    do some1 still remembers south africa was bowled out for 96 and they managed to win the game?? so now why is every1 saying for the 1st time a team had managed to win a game for the first time in last 100 years after 1907??? why?

  • captian_buddy on February 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    overnight? white washed in a 3match sieres is overnight? for gods sake plz

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    3-0 to the world's no 1 team who just bashed the other no 1 team before this match is remarkable well done Men in Green, Way to GOOOOOO & one more thing Mr Zaka Ashraf please let Mohsin Khan continue as the head Coach he simply rocks

    Pakistan Zindabad......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • GreenBlood786 on February 6, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Wow... What a great performance.. I LOVE MY TEAM. Wel Done Misbah.. Well Done Boys.. We can move to no.1... Yes.

  • on February 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    Goes to show what discipline and the thoughts of serving jail time can do to this Pakistan team! What a performance indeed, won the game mentally, physically, with bat and with ball.....well deserved...Now please give us Amir back! then watch Pakistan hit true form. :)

  • here2rock on February 6, 2012, 13:59 GMT

    Nice result, A lesson for England to produce fair tracks at home. They leave so much grass on the pitches in England that there is no possiblity of spin as the ball does not loose it's shine in a hurry. A fiar result when you don't make fair tracks. Their bowlers struggle to get wickets when there is no help from the pitch. This England side will never be number 1 away from home. They love the comfort of home grounds and pitches.

  • ravikb on February 6, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    I agree Mr. Strauss. No team become a bad team overnight. But it's has been more than a fortnight since the test series begin. You have been thoroughly exposed in the spinning wickets like India in seaming and swinging wickets. Both India and England don't deserve no.1 ranking. At the moment I think only SA deserve it.

  • Baundele on February 6, 2012, 14:02 GMT

    I do not think he even dreamed about it at the start of the series. :D

  • S.Kamran.Ali on February 6, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    WELL DONE TEAM PAKISTAN, PAKISTAN ZINDABAD

  • doctornikki on February 6, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    congrats pakistan...what a team...what a reply to those writing them off last yr and recommending to isolate them...ha ha ha....well done