Pakistan v England, 3rd ODI, Dubai February 18, 2012

Pietersen century wraps up series for England

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England 226 for 1 (Pietersen 111*, Cook 80) beat Pakistan 222 all out (Afridi 51, Finn 3-24) by nine wickets
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Kevin Pietersen was captain of England when he struck his last hundred in a one-day international. It sounds so long ago that it might have belonged to a different world. In some ways it did.

As the England coach left Cuttack that night he could hardly have imagined what lay in wait. A major terrorist attack on Mumbai was already underway and was about to force the postponement of England's tour of India. After England returned for a Test series played under heavy security, his relationship with the coach Peter Moores broke down irrevocably and both men lost their jobs.

It is a history that has played heavily upon him. Pietersen toyed for a while, nobody quite knows how seriously, with abandoning one-day cricket as his star began to wane. It has taken three years, three months and 37 ODIs to draw a line and when he walked down the pitch in his audacious style of old, and flicked Aizaz Cheema through the leg side, the intervening years seemed more aptly summed up not by his routine kneel and punch of the air as a slightly rueful raise of the eyebrows.

It is no longer Pietersen's one-day side now but Alastair Cook's, and it was perhaps appropriate that his batting renaissance contributed to Cook's achievement in leading England to a rare one-day series victory in Asia. England now hold an unassailable 3-0 lead with one match to play and a nine-wicket victory with 12.4 overs remaining, fashioned by an opening stand between Cook and Pietersen of 170, could hardly have been more emphatic. Whitewashed in the Test series against Pakistan, they will now be bent upon returning the favour in the final match in the same stadium on Tuesday.

Cook's only regret will be that he narrowly failed to become the first England batsman to make hundreds in three consecutive ODIs. He had reached 80 when he pushed gently forward at the off-spin of Saeed Ajmal and gave Adnan Akmal a faint catch. Cook had again been in unruffled form, his cut shot more to the fore than it had been in Abu Dhabi on a quicker batting surface, but his exit cleared the way for Pietersen to claim the limelight.

This has been an opening partnership assembled partly through adversity as Pietersen looked forward to a few sighters against the fast bowlers after a traumatic Test series against Pakistan's spinners. It now looks bedded in and that coud spell trouble for Craig Kieswetter, whose keeping has been patchy - he dropped Umar on 28 off Broad - and whose range is too limited to convince as a No. 6 in Asia.

Pietersen's habitual pre-match claim that he was in "fantastic" form was backed up by adventurous footwork and flowing strokeplay. He passed 4,000 runs in ODIs in spectacular fashion as he danced down the pitch to strike the offspin of Mohammad Hafeez over the sightscreen for six.

He was dropped on 45 when a fierce, flat pull against Aizaz Cheema smacked into the body of the onrushing Azhar Ali at deep square. That apart, his most awkward moments came against the Akmal brothers. Adnan, who had replaced his brother Umar behind the stumps, ill-advisedly tried to run Pietersen out after he had tapped the ball back to him, and apologised. Umar tried to run him out more legimately only for the ball to ricochet off the stumps and career away for five overthrows.

A sandstorm had disrupted the practice day and when the Kaus - meaning "bow" in Arabic - a vigorous south-westerly off the desert, cleared in the nick of time it revealed the same flaky Pakistan top order. They lost three wickets in 15 balls to slump to 50 for 4 before Umar, his lips daubed in luminous green sun cream, and the ageing swinger Shahid Afridi, who needs no war paint to convey his belligerence, summoned half-centuries to keep Pakistan in the match.

Umar's last two dismissals have taken Samit Patel's fielding reputation to new heights. In Abu Dhabi and Dubai, on off side and leg side, he has flung himself to the ground to hold an excellent catch. He knows that his fitness remains borderline - if you enquire innocently about the weather there is every chance he will reply "chicken and salad", and guiltily wipe the trace of an imaginary beef burger from his lips - but he is a decent cricketer and should be seriously considered to bat No. 6 for England in the Sri Lanka Test series.

Afridi was at his most restrained: that is he gambolled along at only a run a ball. He began in haywire fashion but then played responsibly, a straight six off Graeme Swann's offspin his most emphatic moment. Like Umar, he fell soon after reaching his half-century, bowled by James Anderson as he whipped to leg.

For the third successive match, Finn pronounced himself as fine a young fast bowler as anyone in the world. He took two wickets with the new ball, bowling straight and finding steep bounce at close to 90mph. He finished with 3 for 24, taking his series' tally to 11 wickets at 8.36 runs each.

Pakistan had won 13 ODIs out of 14 going into this series and had also whitewashed England 3-0 in the Test series, but such statistics seemed from another age. The loss of Imran Farhat, caught at the wicket as he struggled to cope with Finn's hostility, seemed a blip. But Stuart Broad caused Azhar Ali to flirt with one outside off stump, Mohammad Hafeez was lbw to an inducker from Finn and Misbah-ul-Haq dangled his bat at Broad to edge to first slip.

Broad conceded 16 from his first over, his mood not enhanced by a no-ball that prevented him from dismissing Azhar to a catch by Eoin Morgan at gully. His interrogation of the umpire Aleem Dar was borne out of frustration, but it looked disrespectful. Broad does not need sand stinging his face to become a bit irascible; a ball in his hands normally does the trick.

Shafiq's first run would have brought his downfall if Pietersen's flat throw had hit the target and he did not learn his lesson. He was unsettled by Swann's lbw appeal as the ball ran into the legside and had to dive back into the crease as Cook threw the ball to the wicketkeeper, Kieswetter, but the third umpire, Kumar Dharmasena, ruled that his bat was not grounded behind the line. It summed up Pakistan's day.

David Hopps is the UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • rashidhussain on February 21, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Bravo Pieterson! - at 2-0 in the limited overs series after a mauling in the tests and all the pressure off you perform. Your class is permanent!

  • bigwonder on February 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I guess England really does not care about this ODI series win as their players have already indicated in past that ODI format should be removed. So the celebrations are moot.

  • wnwn on February 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    My future ODI team: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ Ramiz Haider on (Feb 19 2012, 11:59 AM GMT) :- TWO MISTAKES IN YOUR TEAM. SOHAIL TANVEER WAS GIVEN TOO MANY OPPORTUNITIES AND FAILED. SAME ABOUT SALMAN HE WAS NOT GOOD IN WI. HE WAS GIVEN FULL SERIES OF TESTS, ODI's . . My Mohammad Hafeez,, Shahzaib Hassan,, Umar Akmal,, Misbah-ul-Haq(C) ,, Asad Shafiq,, Shahid Afridi HAMMAD AZAM,, SARFRAZ AHMED+,, Saeed Ajmal,, Aizaz Cheema,, JUNAID KHAN, . . . . . (Mohammad Talha is injured and sent back to Pak.) . . . Pak should have sent a replacement player brought in Sadaf Hussain. Also Sarfraz is required in Keeping but he is not on Tour. Bad selection.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @ AlbertPintoGussaHua on (Feb 19 2012, 12:35 PM GMT) : - Yes. ODI is a completely different format and should be headed by a different Captain like England. The thinking, the approach, the attitude, the plans every thing should change but be attacking. Misbah has gone completelly defensive. Look there is no doubt in my mind that Cook is a good player. But he is not as great as the figures in this series suggest. These scores have been partly aided by poor captainship by Misbah. And the English bowlers are good, I like them. But the same set of bowlers had bowled in the India Series and also in the World Cup. There they were hammered. So it turns out that the English bowlers were also assisted by some inept Pak batting. The difference between the teams is that inspite of the test whitewash Eng knows what is their team. And Pak is not sure whether Shafiq sould play of Azhar should play in ODI's. Yonis is the elephant in the room. Gul & Riaz was their worst Gamble.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @ dmqi on (Feb 19 2012, 12:59 PM GMT) : - Fully Agreed. Try the players waiting on the bench. They cant be too bad. After all the selectors have selected them over some otherwise no point in carrying them series after series. Another tall fast bowler Mohd.Talha was in the squad for SL and Bangladesh but never got an opportunity. Ultimately at the at the start of this tour he picked up a back injury and had to be sent back. Players getting injured becouse of waiting too long on the bench. And all this when we know that Umar Gul is a rubbish bowler. Had Misbah tried a few options during the easier series of Ban, SL and Afg. Then i am sure that Sadaf Hussain & Mohd.Talha would have displaced Gul & Riaz and they would have performed a lot better.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Whatever it was... Pietersen was really awesome in the middle...loved his the way he batted

  • drnaveed on February 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    for 20-20 international matches,PAK should select a team from players who have performed well in that format of the game in our domestic circuit.if our seniors had failed in that form of a game than drop them.you might need a new captain for this 20-20 team.all the other cricketing sides come up with new faces in 20-20 cricket,we say we have a lot of talent in our Country,but unfortunately we come up with the same faces,most of the time ,in all three format of the games.

  • andyemra on February 20, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Like the test series taught us that England have room for improvement these ODIs have shown up some of Pakistan's issues. A welcome fillup for England and sobering experience for Pakistan however it shouldn't be allowed to eclipse some of the real issues England had in the tests or the good cricket that Pakistan played. It should however be a warning against hyperbole for critics and supporters alike especially in the wake of comprehensive victory or defeat.

  • brittop on February 19, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer: still blaming he bowlers for the first test defeat? If they batsmen had done their job in the first innings, then bowling the opposition out for 338 would have been enough for the batsmen to put pressure on Pakistan in the last innings.

  • rashidhussain on February 21, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Bravo Pieterson! - at 2-0 in the limited overs series after a mauling in the tests and all the pressure off you perform. Your class is permanent!

  • bigwonder on February 20, 2012, 14:48 GMT

    I guess England really does not care about this ODI series win as their players have already indicated in past that ODI format should be removed. So the celebrations are moot.

  • wnwn on February 20, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    My future ODI team: Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Azhar Ali, Umar Akmal, Asad Shafiq, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Talha, Sadaf Hussain

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @ Ramiz Haider on (Feb 19 2012, 11:59 AM GMT) :- TWO MISTAKES IN YOUR TEAM. SOHAIL TANVEER WAS GIVEN TOO MANY OPPORTUNITIES AND FAILED. SAME ABOUT SALMAN HE WAS NOT GOOD IN WI. HE WAS GIVEN FULL SERIES OF TESTS, ODI's . . My Mohammad Hafeez,, Shahzaib Hassan,, Umar Akmal,, Misbah-ul-Haq(C) ,, Asad Shafiq,, Shahid Afridi HAMMAD AZAM,, SARFRAZ AHMED+,, Saeed Ajmal,, Aizaz Cheema,, JUNAID KHAN, . . . . . (Mohammad Talha is injured and sent back to Pak.) . . . Pak should have sent a replacement player brought in Sadaf Hussain. Also Sarfraz is required in Keeping but he is not on Tour. Bad selection.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @ AlbertPintoGussaHua on (Feb 19 2012, 12:35 PM GMT) : - Yes. ODI is a completely different format and should be headed by a different Captain like England. The thinking, the approach, the attitude, the plans every thing should change but be attacking. Misbah has gone completelly defensive. Look there is no doubt in my mind that Cook is a good player. But he is not as great as the figures in this series suggest. These scores have been partly aided by poor captainship by Misbah. And the English bowlers are good, I like them. But the same set of bowlers had bowled in the India Series and also in the World Cup. There they were hammered. So it turns out that the English bowlers were also assisted by some inept Pak batting. The difference between the teams is that inspite of the test whitewash Eng knows what is their team. And Pak is not sure whether Shafiq sould play of Azhar should play in ODI's. Yonis is the elephant in the room. Gul & Riaz was their worst Gamble.

  • Sports4Youth on February 20, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    @ dmqi on (Feb 19 2012, 12:59 PM GMT) : - Fully Agreed. Try the players waiting on the bench. They cant be too bad. After all the selectors have selected them over some otherwise no point in carrying them series after series. Another tall fast bowler Mohd.Talha was in the squad for SL and Bangladesh but never got an opportunity. Ultimately at the at the start of this tour he picked up a back injury and had to be sent back. Players getting injured becouse of waiting too long on the bench. And all this when we know that Umar Gul is a rubbish bowler. Had Misbah tried a few options during the easier series of Ban, SL and Afg. Then i am sure that Sadaf Hussain & Mohd.Talha would have displaced Gul & Riaz and they would have performed a lot better.

  • on February 20, 2012, 5:45 GMT

    Whatever it was... Pietersen was really awesome in the middle...loved his the way he batted

  • drnaveed on February 20, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    for 20-20 international matches,PAK should select a team from players who have performed well in that format of the game in our domestic circuit.if our seniors had failed in that form of a game than drop them.you might need a new captain for this 20-20 team.all the other cricketing sides come up with new faces in 20-20 cricket,we say we have a lot of talent in our Country,but unfortunately we come up with the same faces,most of the time ,in all three format of the games.

  • andyemra on February 20, 2012, 1:40 GMT

    Like the test series taught us that England have room for improvement these ODIs have shown up some of Pakistan's issues. A welcome fillup for England and sobering experience for Pakistan however it shouldn't be allowed to eclipse some of the real issues England had in the tests or the good cricket that Pakistan played. It should however be a warning against hyperbole for critics and supporters alike especially in the wake of comprehensive victory or defeat.

  • brittop on February 19, 2012, 23:07 GMT

    @cricketingstargazer: still blaming he bowlers for the first test defeat? If they batsmen had done their job in the first innings, then bowling the opposition out for 338 would have been enough for the batsmen to put pressure on Pakistan in the last innings.

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 21:28 GMT

    @Chris_P on (February 19 2012, 11:39 AM GMT) Thanks Chris. I guess if I post enough someone will like one of my posts eventually lol. Which is your country then?

  • drnaveed on February 19, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    when the test series b/w PAK and ENG began,every one thought that ENG will thrash PAK and will win the series quite easily, but opposite was the result ,than,after seeing test series results, every one thought that PAK will thrash this ENG side and will win the one day series ,most probably by a margin of 4-0, but again opposite is the result, full marks to both the teams for making us guess WRONG all the time.

  • on February 19, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    wow! what a great come back from Eng, one must admire the quality of the side to bounce back in such an emphatic manner, as well as, that the captaincy of Cook, which was undoubtedly superb.. As far as, Pakistan's performance is concerned, we must consider that this team has achieved a lot over the period of year and a half and that was proven through the clean sweep over formidable England side in tests. Pakistan is still in a transition period and facing lots and loads of controversies one by one. There are various other forces such as BCCI has been cynical, and we all know what happened with the players in IPL, the team which has been sidelined by India, has emerged from nowhere and proved their metal. one more thing i would like to share here is that, Pak has to find one quality speedster like Waqar of Shoaib, because they cant rely on spinners all the time. i am hopeful for Pak, wish them well! mykhan

  • reality_check on February 19, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    Pakistan has serious issues with their batting. This has been sheilded thru the test series because of Pakistan's excellent bowling and England's lack of technique against the spin. Now this has been exposed while England has learned how to tackle Pakistan's spin to some extent. Pakistan batsmen lack the technique to face quality pace specially when the ball is swinging even a little bit. All Finn and co had to do was to bowl straight and full and then leave Pakistan batsmen to hit across the line like clueless rabits. Gul was never a front line bowler plus his temprament is not strong. This is the first time since 2010 that Pakistan has sorely missed the pace, accuracy and swing of Asif and Amir. Void is too great to fill up within a year. Wait and hope that Amir returns before the next WC.

  • gramedgar on February 19, 2012, 14:51 GMT

    i dont often comment on here because it is usually clogged up with mindless bickering, but i have to say that alistair cook has shown a level of professionalism and individual mental strength that is rare in our England players, and he seems like such a team player, it makes the future really bright for him and his side. We will soon see him in charge of the test side, I hope not through Strauss losing form but his own brilliance.

    KP - well done, but the critics are right, even a hundred in the fourth ODI wont paper over the cracks - you had a poor tour.

    Great to think that both sides will end the tour feeling good about their future. Pakistan and England having a love-in? Who'd have thunk it?!

  • on February 19, 2012, 14:33 GMT

    My Test Team 1:- M Hafeez 2:- Kamran Akmal 3:- Azhar Ali 4:- Younis Khan 5:- Misbah 6:- Sarfraz (WK) 7:- Asad/Umar 8:- Rehman 9:- Ajmal 10:- Gul :- 11 Sadaf Hussain/Junaid Khan Ext:-Sami,,Talha,, My Odi Team 1:- M Hafeez 2:- Nasir Jamshed 3:- Kamran Akmal (WK) 4:- Azhar Ali 5:- Umar Akmal 6:- Misbah 7:- Razzq 8:- Afridi 9:- Hammad Azam 10:-Ajmal 11:- Gul/junaid/Sami Ext:- Sadaf ,,Asad My T20 Team 1:- M Hafiz 2:- Awais Zia 3:- Nasir Jamshed 4:- Asad Shafiq 5:- Kamran Akmal (WK) 6:- Umar Akmal 7:- Misbah 8:- Razzaq 9:- Afridi 10:- Ajmal 11:- Gul/Sami/Junaid Ext:- Ahmed Shehzad,,Sadaf

  • imranmujtaba on February 19, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    Wow! My 11 year old Nephew has exposed pakistan Cricket team weakness !!!! He challenge that he can bowl Pakistan no. 2. Imran Farhat 3. Azhar Ali, 4. Younis Khan and 5, Misbah Khan without any pressure - as they can olny block the ball or mis-hit the ball ...... And don't get them out as they will Maximum score 100-150 in 50 overs on batting wicket........... Is it hard for internatoinalt team to work out!?!?!?!? any bowler to gain any level of confidence then please play against Pakistan middle order !!!!!! will end up with ODI and T20 best average in the world. Trick is not get them OUT :)

  • imranmujtaba on February 19, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Poor Pak captaincy and bad team selection has cost us ODI series - I am sure Pak will losse T20 as well until unless Umar Gul or Afrid come up with magical innings or bowlers come up with magical spell.... Pak has to get rid of Imran Farhat, younis Khan, Misbah and Azhar ali from ODi and T20 ...... first of all selfish Misbah should be out of the team - If Pak want to try part time keeper then Kamran Akmal is better choice! poor UMAR AKMAL dont get chance to prove himself at number 6 - DON'T MAKE SENSE that he is the ONLY ONE typical one day player and he is playing at number 6 .... WITH bEST ONE DAY ALLROUNDER afiridi at number 7 !!!!! then 8 out 10 times they have to stand with Misbah batting which frustrate whole nation so no doubt Umar and Afridi end of throwing their wicket when ever they bat with misbah .......... top of all !!! England has come together, seems like Finn, Ravi and Patel are special talent and were missing link in test series .......Well Done England !!!!

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    WELL DESERVED WIN FOR ENGLAND, PAK SHOULD TAUGHT PLAYERS HOW TO BAT...

  • dmqi on February 19, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    MY ADVICE TO CAPTAIN AND COACH/SELECTOR: Pick up those players who are sitting on the bench, you should have tried them before. No one wants to see the failed ones. With these new players you will not loose by 10 wkts, even if you loose that big, no one is going to blame you. You should look far ahead, not series by series as Misbah said. Misbah should drop him off next match to relax although he is a good batsman. Gul should be out.

  • ramAB83 on February 19, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    yes KP, we are back... !!! just go a head... we are with you:)

  • ExplicitPlatinum on February 19, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Being a Pak fan, I have to say one thing. Some of my fellow Pak fans are clueless in who's around in the domestic Pak games. First of all, Pak HAS good young batsmen, but, they are all either on the bench carrying drinks, or just wasting their time in the domestic games. A future star like Usman Salahuddin didn't do well because HE WAS IN THE WRONG FORMAT (ODI's). Anwar Ali, WRONG FORMAT (T20). Rameez Raja jr, WRONG FORMAT (T20). There is nothing wrong with Misbah's ODI innings, he uses a Test match approach to ODI's. It's better to invest in the future with a somewhat "young senior captain" like Afridi. The ODI XI has to be: 1.) Hafeez 2.) Ahmed Shehzad 3.) Azhar Ali 4.) Umar Akmal 5.) Misbah/Younis Khan 6.) Fawad Alam 7.) Afridi (C) 8.) Sarfraz Ahmed (WK) 9.) Ajmal 10.) Sadaf Hussain 11.) Junaid/Cheema Reserve: Nasir Jamshed, Usman Salahuddin, Raza Hassan, Wahab Riaz. So far, this is all I can recommend. My squad had no Farhat and no Malik. Just talented players around seniors.

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on February 19, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    Goes to show that ODI's are a completely different ball game from Test matches. All the goodwill Pak earned by beating Eng 3-0 is losing it's lustre now.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 12:33 GMT

    @ Ramiz Haider on (Feb 19 2012, 11:44 AM GMT) :- I AGREE WITH VIEW TO URGENTLY REPLACE GUL. Also i agree that Cheema bowled much better than Gul. Also i agree that Mohammed Talha should be in the team, but now M.Talha has suffered a back injury while he was rusting on the bench since the last 3 series. He has gone back home. But Junaid is there. From what i have seen so far, I think Junaid is much better than Gul and Riaz. Also after the Series Sadaf Hussain needs to be tried, please check his stats. When i first heard Waqar Younis talking about Sadaf in the 1st ODI I just checked his stats and i must say i was mighty impressed. Sadaf has an average of 18 in the first class. That is head and shoulders above all the players in th present team. Also These guys are crying for long tail. Sarfraz Ahmed has a batting average of 44 in the first class, now that is as good as a batsman. instead of giving him a fair chance in the SL and bangladesh series, Misbah messed it.

  • on February 19, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    it is good practic for england team for upcomming tours of SL and...

  • SirViv1973 on February 19, 2012, 12:06 GMT

    @JG2704, I think AF has been using the great aus of 90's 00's as his blueprint for a successful Eng test team. That Aus team almost always had 7 bat, 3 seamer and warne and they were successful in all conditions. Macgill used to play 1 test a yr in sydney and the odd 1 on the subcontienet but they stuck to their system pretty rigidly . I think AF had a bit of a rethink after 1st test and I think he now knows that 2 spinners in asia is the way 2 go. I do now also think that he would be willing to consider the extra bowler in the right conditions providing TB,SB and GS are 3 of the 5 bowlers. I know what your saying about we should have tried 5 bowlers in recent series but I don't think that would ever happened without TB having been available. One of this Eng teams great strengths is their ability to score runs down the order which is why I don't see Finn as an option in a 5 man attack unless Anderson is either injured or rested the tail is just too long otherwise.

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:59 GMT

    My Pakistan 11

    Mohammad Hafeez Shahzaib Hassan Umar Akmal Asad Shafiq Misbah-ul-Haq (C) Shahid Afridi Sohail Tanvir Muhammad Salman + Saeed Ajmal Aizaz Cheema Mohammad Talha

  • on February 19, 2012, 11:44 GMT

    Pakistan should stop trying Umar Gul and please don't give him the status of Pakistan bowling spear head because that position is very elite and nor he is and neither he has been the bowler of that quality. Being a Pakistani I feel a shame that today our bowling attack is even less attractive than India's attack. PCB should give chance to Talha because he has got that pace to beat defense of a batsmen and get break through s at crucial moment. Cheema is a good bowler so please don't replace him to give chance to any new bowler. Junaid Khan is also not that class so don't waste time on him either.

  • Chris_P on February 19, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    @JG2704. Good points, just about spot on too. Totally agree with you, re: ODI vs. Tests. You guys will be competitive when you go to SL & India, I have no doubt about that.

  • g.narsimha on February 19, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    SAMEERAHMADKHAN(ON19-2-2012,6.22 GMT)this type of arrogance brings down fall , what ever SACHIN has achieved it is just impossible for present day players, to go even half of his achievements, nothing to prove any thing, before posting such rubbish u should have gone to the statistics on this site, he is the only player from the subcontinent who scored more runs, centuries out side our place ,he scored more centuries in other countries than india , as we love IMRAAN, WASIM IT WOULD HAVE BEEN APPROPRIETE EVEN IF U DONT RESPECT HIM ,U SHOULD NOT HAVE MADE FUN OF HIM,ONLY BECOUSE HE FAILED IN 2 AWAY SERIES ATTHE FAG END OF HIS CARRIER , u r saying that we cant we matches out side india , baring these 2 tours we fared far better than any team from subcontinent in the last decade , on the same analogy what is ur score line inAUS, SA, WI, & ENG WE WON MORE matches than u in these places check the stats than coment

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:41 GMT

    Shahzadhussan on (February 18 2012, 22:23 PM GMT) Muhammad Sharjeel on (February 18 2012, 20:17 PM GMTgetsetgopk on (February 19 2012, 01:30 AM GMT) Fahid Js Randhawa on (February 19 2012, 08:21 AM GMT) Total respect to you guys and most Pak fans for the respect you have shown England/Eng fans throughout the tour. There are gripes you will have with your side re the ODIs just like us with our test side which is totally natural.

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @David Hopps on (February 18 2012, 21:13 PM GMT) Who knows. It could well be a pressure thing. I'd say that more than complacency. I suppose this is the first time Eng have played in a big series against a dangerous side where the expectation has been on England to win. Vs India and away to Australia I think we were more in hope than expectation. Maybe the pressure will be taken off them a little for the SL series now as they will not be such big favourites now. Maybe I'm strawclutching. Well played Pakistan in the tests regardless

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:37 GMT

    @soyl187 on (February 18 2012, 22:51 PM GMT) I wouldn't bring Finn in for another bowler. I would put him in in place of a batsman and change the formation. I'd even consider bringing Patel in for Bell (extra bowling option) but that may be a little harsh on Bell , although I do feel Bell is a confidence player and maybe it would do him more good to have a break and play some domestic cricket somewhere. Re our bowling - yes the unit performed admirably but I still feel there were occs such as 1st test , 2nd test 2nd inns (when we had Pak 4 down) and 3rd test , 2nd inns where an extra bowling option (esp in the form of Finn) would have restricted Pakistan to lower totals. Also you look at our batting and it was either the top 3 or Prior and below that scored the runs. If memory serves me right 4-6 scored once scored 30+ in 6 inns (more if you inc the warm up matches) PS I still think Pak are on a good course in test cricket.ODIs are unrelated - ask any Eng fan.

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer on (February 18 2012, 22:26 PM GMT) Fair comms. I thought JD looked to be one of our better OD bowlers prior to the Indian tour. Regardless I feel he is out of the equation now

  • kp289 on February 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    at laaaaaaaaaast.... k.p has scored a century... and from now he should look to build this momentum....!!!! whatever it might be but k.p has delivered a slap on the faces of critics!!!!

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @g.narsimha on (February 19 2012, 05:11 AM GMT) To be honest , I've never been on the Indian threads and not given anything other than constructive criticism. I still thing the selectors bottled it re dropping any of their star batsmen during the Australian series and I still think they could have tried an extra bowler. I wish that we had done this ourselves and India never looked like bowling Australia out twice after the 1st test. I have been equally (if not more) critical of our own batsmen/selections etc .If people from India come on to our threads purely to gloat/snip (ha ha/lol etc) then I will have a go back. If they are like satish619chandar or Candidindian etc and they come on our threads to give constructive comms and show respect then I have no need to say anything which could be seen as anything other than respectful.

  • JG2704 on February 19, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @SirViv1973 on (February 19 2012, 09:13 AM GMT) They probably won't bring in an extra bowler for a batsman because it seems they are stuck in their ways. In the test series vs Pak (as I've posted before) there were occs when an extra bowler (a fresh option) could well have restricted Pakistan's totals further. Look at the stats of our batsmen 4-6 and tell me if dropping one of those players during that series would have made a significant difference to the batting totals. I mean with our 6 strong batting line up we couldn't even chase 140 so what does that say? KP scored 30+ once and looked ok in that inns but apart from that 4-6 looked absolutely shot. If Bresnan is available then sure I'm not against that but why not try a 5 man bowling attack inc Finn - even just for one test? They were happy giving our batsmen 3 tests and 2 warm up matches without succeeding.

  • Attractivue on February 19, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    It's ok, Misbah your doing well, stay strong!

  • Leggie on February 19, 2012, 10:06 GMT

    Particularly happy to see KP score a century - one of the most sportive cricketers around in world cricket now.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    One thing is clear that since Amer Sohail, Saeed Anwar, Inzimam-ul-Haq, Mohd.Yousuf, Pakistan has not produced a world class batsman. Younis Khan is surely a world class batsman in Test Cricket but he is surely not fit for the ODI games. The same can be said about Misbah. Misbah has his own utility as a player and Captain in the Test scene but not in the ODI setup. Hafeez had a very good last year, but presently he is on a bit of low. But the thing that surprises me most is that Pakistan have stopped producing the tear-away Fast & furious bread of speadsters. Shoeb Akhtar was the last such bowler. Infact it can be said that his retirement marked the end of that exciting species of lightning quick bowlers who could excite the spectators all over the world. Amir & Aasif were good medium pacers but they lost their way. And now Gul is just rubbish/garbage. What happened to the never ending assembly line of fast bowlers that just kept emerging from Pakistan. Fielding ? No Comments required

  • on February 19, 2012, 9:30 GMT

    and perhaps every team has lost a series. . srilanka did india did eng did sa did and almost every team. but when pak lost every one is targeting this side.. oh come on; this is the first series lost for misbah.. as a captain.. and straight away people are saying he should be removed. it wont be everytime that we will win .. we didnt do anything wrong.. it was just that they (eng) trained harder planned harder played beautifully to make a comeback from that pathetic test defeat.. its nothing wrong here. its not just us ,, everyteam deserves a win after playing better..

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    It will be interesting to see what team Misbah fields in the last ODI. He should use the last match to test out a few things. Obviously his formula of defensive captaincy did not work against Cook and his boys. He should try out some new faces, a new combination, a different approach to the game, Bring in Hammad Azam in place of Azhar Ali, also bring in Junaid Khan in place of Gul. Every one knows Juanid is too good a player to be rusting on the bench. Atleast he tried Cheema and found out that Cheema was better than Riaz & Gul. Sad that Sadaf Hussain is not on tour. After this series, Pakistan must give a decent opportunity to Sadaf Hussain. His stats in the First class are way ahead of the other Pakistani bowlers in the first class. After all these pakistani players play the same first class competition. Also it is such a shame that Safraz is not on Tour. Big mistake by the selectors.

  • on February 19, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Whats with everyone.. its not that bad. it happens its a game. u can look at to the other series going all over the world.. eng nz sa bla bla. no team is a consistent victor anywhere!! IMO cricket is a unpredictable sport . anything can happen ,a wicket tumbles pressure is on.... win and lose is a part of the game... any team can win anytime...

  • Malti65 on February 19, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    During the three odi matches played uptill now, it appears that the english pacers and the pakistani pacers have been bowling on different surfaces. But the English pacers have also been helped by some spineless batting from the pakistanis. The same english bowlers were hammered left right and centre in India, when India won 5-0. A good batting line-up like the Indians can handle this attack. But a substandanrd and below par pakistani lineup cannot handle this english attack.

  • SirViv1973 on February 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    @JG2704, regarding Steve Finn, As well as he's played in this series I don't see him coming in to the test side in SRL. As a bowling unit we performed above expectation in the tests here and I think JA,SB,GS and Monty will be the attack for the 2 tests. There may even be a small chance Eng could go with 5 bowlers there as Bresnan is now fit and Morgan out of form. Finn is young and has a wonderful future in the game but I don't think Eng will rush him back in to the test side. Eng play 10 tests between mid May and the End of the year and will need to rotate the quicks so we will see him back in the test side at some point this year. In terms of SRL I don't think Eng will change much I think the big decision is if they stick with EM or bring in RB. If EM is dropped I would imagine James Taylor would come in as the spare batsman. As for the bowling it will be the same as the original squad for Pak series minus Tremlett with only 2 tests I would imagine a squad 15 will be enough

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    What the hell is imran farhat,azhar ali,adnan akmal doing in the team.Asad shafiq is ok for odi's bring back kamran akmal,imran nazir,nasir jamshed,ahmed shehzad and raza hassan in for odi's if Pakistan are going to become a good odi team they have to bring youngsters in the team why they are so afraid to bring fresh blood in the team i don't understand why they play these old players like misbah,younis,gull,sohail tanvir even in low standards teams like zimbabwe,bangladesh,ireland,west indies.When the team is winning all bad things doesn't appear i am saying from the start of the tour throw players like Imran farhat,Azhar ali ,Abdur rehman out of odi's the selectors now should know to make a different team from test beside taufeeq umerevery test player is playing in odi's gull should be rested sadaf hussain,tanvir ahmed,rana naveed are better than gull so many problems in this team that are needed to sort out quickly

  • Malti65 on February 19, 2012, 8:33 GMT

    It looks like some players in the pakistan team may be playing their last odi matches. let me take a guess who they could be: Umar Gul, Imran Farhat, Shoeb Malik, Younis Khan,

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:27 GMT

    "but he is a decent cricketer and should be seriously considered to bat No. 6 for England in the Sri Lanka Test series"

    First time I've seen this suggested in the press. I agree, although it is hard on Raving.

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    I must say that very well played England,But this series defeat was not only due to the struggle of English players but due to dropping good and efficient players by Misbah-ul-Haq as well,Also I don't know why he did not use the best spin attack "Saeed Ajmal " and "Abdul-Rehman" together as they proved in test series that they can thrash any kind of batting line but Mr.Malik was added who was not performing since 2010 consistently than how can he perform well against the best team of world now. Umer Akmal was given the duty to defend wickets which he can do but not with that good efficiency against England,This department was suited to Adnan Akmal who have defended it very well. Also Hammad Azam was neglected,He must replace Umer Gul,He had given very good results against such tough teams.

    :::I must say that the credit of this defeat goes to Misbah-ul-Haq::::: If he will not show some sort of sensibility than he must ready for more gifts like this....

    ::::Good Luck Team Pakistan::::

  • on February 19, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    All the Hooo Haaa after the Test Series is dead and buried, now wake up from dreams and start to build a team for the WorldCup, With this batting, fielding and fast bowling lineup we will struggle to win anything in ODI's....

  • smjr on February 19, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    we need some changes in our batting. Farhat, Younis, Malik should not be part of ODIs. Fresh players are needed who perform well at domestic level, where is Ramiz Raja junior, Nasir Jamshed. Ahmad Shahzad should be given another opportunity as he is still young. I fail to understand why we are giving repeated chances to Farhat , Malik for the last 10 years or so and depriving talented players. Sarfaraz should replace Adnan Akmal in ODIs because of his superior batting. Fawad Alam is treated very harshly by Mr. Ilyas and company, they say his technique is poor as he shuffles across too much before the ball is delivered but what they say about Kevin Pieterson having same shuffle. Look at the batting average of Fawad Alam in domestic which is above 50. At higher level although technique is imortant but is not sufficient condition. Sehwag has no technique but has score heavily. Unless some drastic changes are made I cant see this team winning Asia Cup in March 2012 in Bangladesh

  • smjr on February 19, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Pakistan team got what they deserved after putting up spineless show in three ODIs. ODI is completely different ball game, here the test match bowling did not work. Less pressure on batsman to free their arms, No close in fielders,Recovery time is less unlike test match where you can compensate one bad session with two good session. All Pakistani bowlers bowls 6 indifferent balls in an over out of which two to three balls give too much width to the batsman which eases the pressure, whereas England bowlers are very consistent and bowled stumps to stumps with pin point accuracy thereby reducing the easy scoring opportunities. There is no game plan for bowling of Pakistan. We need different style of bowlers in ODI's and it is the duty of selection committee to find them. I cant see Pakistan winning any tournament with this approach. Their success in ODI is 1992 World Cup and one Asia Cup.They have never won bilateral ODI series against SA, England, Australia, India in the last 10 YEAR

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Some times it surprises me to see people have such short memories. Here some people are asking for Kamral Akmal to be brought back into the team. How can they forget the Australia & England series and the World Cup 2011. YouTube is full of the videos exposing Kamran Akmal. Please take a look. Kamran is not only a bad keeper but actually a dishonest undesrireable man to have in the dressing room. please get someone new and forget Kamran.

  • on February 19, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    @sameer Out of sachin's 51 Test centuries, 22 have been scored at home and 29 have been scored overseas. Your comment is not based on cricket. Clearly its somethign else.

    @A_Vacant_Slip India's recent run abroad has been poor but in the last 5 years India has done well abroad. But ofcourse India is not the force it is in India. They defeated England 5-0 in the recent ODI home series, beat Australia at home and dont forget India is the current World Champion - ofcourse that they won at home too - but then again they are the first home team to win a world cup, so thats special in some way. But I cant agree more - Indians have been pummeled in Australia and in England too, but I hope they wion the ODI series as they are the ODI word cup winners.

  • Shazia_Javed on February 19, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    I wonder if you people will agree with the fact that... 1-Pak won the test matches because of some good bowling by 2 or 3 individuals... 2- Batting by Pak was much below par through out the test/ODI series (considering the flat wickets)... 3-Fielding remained one of the concern for Pak team through out the series... 4-Team combination is far from intelligent... 5-After losing the ODIs, we stopped hearing Mohsin Khan's comments/interviews that he said 'this' and 'that', as he was doing when test matches were won. Having said that all, Malik/Gul/Adnan/Farhat need to be replaced. It is beyond most of the people that why on earth Malik is given such a long run after such poor showings. What scares them in trying the new blood if the old is continously failing... what worth the 'experience' is if it fails more than the 'un-experienced' players.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    IF GUL WAS A FIXTURE ACCORDING TO MISBAH THEN HE SHOULD HAVE RESTED GUL DURING THE EASIER MATCHES LIKE AFGHANISTAN, BANGLADESH AND SRI LANKA. THAT WAY HE WOULD HAVE TESTED THE BENCH STREAGTH. BUT MISBHA HAS GOOFED UP. NOW HE IS CORNERED, GUL IS GETTING HAMMERED AND THE OTHER BOWLERS ARE LARGELY UNTESTED. THIS IS NOT HOW YOU PREPARE FOR A BIG SERIES. NOW GUL IS LETTING HIM DOWN AND MISBAH IS CORNERED. DONT WASTE TIME WITH GUL. HE WILL NEVER IMPROVE. DONT WASTE TIME WITH GUL . HE WILL NOT IMPROVE. HE IS JUST AN AVERAGE BOWLER. AT THE MOST HE CAN BE A BACKUP BOWLER IN CASE OF INJURIES TO MAIN BOWLERS. GUL DESERVES TO BE ON THE BENCH. HE SHOULD CAN BACKUP THE BENCH STREANGHT. THATS ALL . MOVE ON. LEARN TO MOVE ON. THIS IS BETTER FOR YOU.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 7:12 GMT

    Here i see some comments being targetted at Cheema. I dont understand what wrong cheema has commietted. He bowled much better than Gul. Cheema was unclucky. When Gul was getting hammered, Misbah removed the slips even for Cheema, Now that was bad. and then an edge flew from the vacant slip for a boundary. then msibah put the slip back. Now it will never work that way. Misbah has to learn one thing, if Gul is bowling bad then remove the slips for Gul and not Cheema. Keep the slips on for Cheema as long as he is bowling well. If Misbha would have captained well Cheema would have been amongst wickets. and then spinners would have also performed.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    @ getsetgopk on (Feb 19 2012, 01:30 AM GMT) : - Yesterday when I criticised Umar Gul you did not like it. Even though i had pointed out that Umar Gul is an easy team bully. Now you can see for yourself. Yesterday he was not only the weekest of the Pak bowlers but he actually spoiit the game in his 3rd over (5th over of the game). Later Misbah gave his a chance to redeam himself but it kept getting worst. In the Last 2 matches Cheema was clearly head and shoulders above Gul. It would have been better for Misbah if he kept Gul out and tried the Junaid-Cheema combination. This is the reason i said Gul is not capable of leading an attack against a good team. He bowls all over the place, absolutely no control. He gets hammered all over the park, economy of 8.5 in a low scoring game is too bad and that is putting it mildly. He hardly gets wickets against quality oppositions. check the stats. Uptill now we were hearing that under lights the english bowlers had an advantage. Exposed.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 19, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @maddy20 on (February 19 2012, 03:32 AM GMT) It is PROVED that India cannot bat outside the subcontinent. i wrote in other post look at last 19 away result for India in ALL format. LLLLLLTLLLLLLWLTWT. How is possible that anyone can claim India good outside of India with recent record of this nature? Ties are not wins and wins do not count 10 for each win. Played 19 Won 2 is India record I would not come on to Pak V Eng forums to try to boast about it. Rather I would keep quiet and hope no-one notices! Only talk about Pak V Eng here not India poor away record.

  • Sports4Youth on February 19, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    @ CrazyforcricketIII on (Feb 18 2012, 18:56 PM GMT) : - Yes the Pakistani team did show up to play. But they were invisible like the England team was During the Test series. Do you think the english team showed up to play during the test series ?

  • on February 19, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    We are with our PAKISTAN TEAM even they lose or win, We Love you because you make us pride, We are not sad that our team has lost all three matches because win and lose is a part of game, only that team win the game who play well, So, I appreciate England who played marvelous game in all batting, bowling and fielding, Good luck for next ODI PAKISTAN...

  • Baber_Baloch on February 19, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    Pakistan need to bring back kamran akaml....he can keeping weel alos he will solve our opening prob. with hafeez....he is on fie in BPL.

  • on February 19, 2012, 6:02 GMT

    @mad_20: No, "India can't bat outside the subcontinent" Because, they got thrashed, whitewashed, humiliated, crucified and left without any dignity by the Australians. And just in case you did not notice the 'greener grass' in the out-field, that was not INDIA. Too bad you could not try and make batting pitches so that Sachin could reach his 100th 100. Oh which reminds me, most of Sachin's centuries are scored on Home ground!

  • cric_fan__ on February 19, 2012, 5:57 GMT

    a lot of whitewashes since WC... hope this series is also one of them... only then i could see MISBAH,MALIK,FARHAT,ADNAN,GUL get thrashed out of team.. MISBAH might well remain in tests as captain... PAK needs young blood other than YK... PAK also need to strengthen their FAST bowling... CRICINFO PUBLISH...

  • 2.14istherunrate on February 19, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    That's much more like it from England after those hapless Tests. The opening partnership looks right to me, rather than having the keeper there. Unlucky for Cook but there is one more game for him to get a third ton, and great to have KP making a ton.As for bowlers the quicks are really doing well on these surfaces. I enjoyed the comment about Patel; it sums him up really. Cricket is game for more than the superathletes and we should be grateful for the variety of characters it throws up.

  • Blal on February 19, 2012, 5:31 GMT

    At the beginning of the present tour if both the teams were given choice of either 3-0 test victory or 4-0 ODI victory, I am 100% sure both teams would have gone for 3-0 test victory. So even if Pakistan lose ODI series 4-0, Pakistan whould leave the UAE as happier side, if not the happy side. For a team that was in turmoil until recently beating England the number one team, 3-0 in the test series is an achievement and should be seen as such. From here Pakistan should look and strive for better times as they now have base backed by solid performance.

  • ProfMahmood on February 19, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    This is partly a result of lacking good pacers! Things might have been different with Amir and Asif but they got into trouble. Were they trapped for reasons of being such an asset to the Pakistan team? Amir, in particular, was such a bowling prodigy that to lose whom is no less a tragedy for cricket. So, how can our newer players learn from such heartbreaking misfortune and catastrophe? What can the management and the board do to make sure that the lure of excessive money does not spoil the career of great cricketers?

  • g.narsimha on February 19, 2012, 5:11 GMT

    JG2704-(on feb-18,21.48 pm gmt)very balanced & apropriate observation on teamj INDIA , baring few ocations where u were seriously critical of TEAM INDIA , i enjoyed ur coments most , my congrats on ENG winning handsomly in odis , rather we enjoyed the matches at uae than our teams encounetrs at douwnnunder , if this form is continued we can witness great cricket in coming months when ENG visits sl, & later INDIA , if ENG have any chance of troubling INDIA IN IND this is the right time as our tteam is struggling at present , to all those PAK cricket fans who are criticising thier team for odi loses , my advise, give them some more time , this team has the capacity to beat any team on given day but few more aggressive batters are needed, in odis only those teams with batsman scoring more than run a ball specially in power plays, succeeds ,

  • on February 19, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    @ Imad, Please never say that Pakistan relies on Mizbah to score, he will never ever score, he is such a poor cricketer.

  • on February 19, 2012, 5:00 GMT

    Only if Mizbah is removed, then Pakistan can consider themselves as a serious contender. He, Misbah has no techniques, pathetic player and very slow starter, he could not score, he either blocks the ball or leaves the ball, doesnt able to rotate the strike, his cricketing techniques are no better than Walsh's. Kamran Akmal, scored 82 off just 40 balls in Bangladesh 20/20 cricket, making a statement about his cricketing ability and on any given day he is going to be better then Adnan Akmal (as a batsman), if Adnan is given a chance, then why not Kamran who is a prolific hitter of the cricket ball. Lastly, Wahab Riaz who has an immense talent with a ball and some ability with bat has been sidelined in favour of Aijaz Cheema and this begs a question. If these changes are made with immediate effect, then I would see Pakistan making a dramatic turnaround. Mizbah is a pain, I have not seen such a worst batsman.

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:52 GMT

    3-0 results shows the actual picture of Pakistan cricket ,they won test series just they were 2 lucky ,the one day results should be blame coach as they have made the fast bowlers parilized only relying on spin n spin ..for a team to compete with top 3 shoudl have a perfect team comobo ,god knows why imran farhat is playing in team,bring back kamran akmal as keeper and play hamad azam who is the next abdul razzak ....also play with junaid khan

  • on February 19, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    Pakistan is grinding their own axe... By selecting these super slow batsman for odi's...

  • MirAfrozDaDa on February 19, 2012, 4:31 GMT

    Pakistan Should Drop UseLess ODI players Like Asad Shafiq Azhar Ali Adnan akmal and they should bring back kamran akmal abdul razak and imran nazir in team. umer akmal should bat at no. 3 position bcz he is waste at no. 6. Gul needs some rest wahab should be given chance.

  • maddy20 on February 19, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    @Imad_K "India can't bat outside the subcontinent". May be thats why they are perched on top of the points table of the CB series, consistently chasing targets succesfully under the lights when the ball tends to do a bit more than in the afternoon. What a nonsensical statement to make especially after you lost in England miserably scoring under 100 4 times in the test series. Atleast our batsmen were not as horrible as yours!

  • mazdonal on February 19, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Pakistan was made to look like a very third rate team. They were ragged in batting, bowling and fielding. Full marks to Cook for a very professional performance, both with bat and captaincy.. England made their runs in very quick time during the evening with the lights on which is always more challenging. There seems no resolution to Pakistan's problems.

  • on February 19, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    Pakistani Cricket has just risen from the ashes, its okay if we lost the odi series. Still, we beat em in the test matches miserably. When a 5th ranking team loses, no one really cares, but when #1 teams like England and India get all white washed then its pure humiliation.

  • spellbinder76 on February 19, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    For each form of the game there should be ecialist players selected. Azhar, Imran Farhat and Asad Shafiq ae maybe good batsmen but they are not fit for the ODI format. Pakistan has Sohail Tanvir, Zulqarnan, Fawad Alam, Imran Nazir and Razzak who are good for the ODI.

  • balajik1968 on February 19, 2012, 2:57 GMT

    Let us not go about knocking Pakistan, but somewhere someone is not thinking about the team composition. The outfit looks pretty brittle. Even in the test series the bowlers covered up for the batsmen. But Pakistan cannot operate with only one good fast bowler(Gul). Cheema does not seem to enjoy Misbah's confidence, Junaid who was said to be the next great thing after Amir is not playing much. What I don't understand here is Pakistan not investing in younger players. That was Imran's strength, he used to bring in players from the cold. Like India, Pakistan needs to strengthen its domestic structure. This is why the subcontinental teams tend to taper off after a period of good performance.

  • satish619chandar on February 19, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    A very good win for England.. Cook took out upon himself to do it for his team.. Hoped he would score hattrick of centuries.. Good on team mgmt for sending Kp to open and bring Bopara at 4.. It was the real turnong point.. Kudos.. A bit disappointed for Pakistan.. They had all resources to do it but England were better team throughout the ODI series... Especially they were blocked by COOK.. Wish they coneback to their winning ways soon..

  • getsetgopk on February 19, 2012, 1:30 GMT

    Congratulations to England for taking the ODI's as ODI's and winning with a bang, Pakistan and Misbah, come come on you guys, its ODI's not Test cricket, ODI's need you to be a bit crazy just like Cook and Peitersen batted a bit crazy, Peitersen jumping up and down moving his feets to almost every ball. Same thing Pak batters should have done. You cant just sit there and wait for things to happen because its just fifty overs and it'll be over before you know it. Most of Pak batters got out much like they did in test matches.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 19, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    A COLLECTIVE FAILUR. Batting, Bowling and fielding. Even the best two, Ajmal and Afridi are down on their knees in front of english batsmen. Gul is pathetic and useless. Younis should come back and Azhar should open with Hafiz. Umar Akmal needs to be promoted to 4. Bring in Hammad Azam and Junid by dropping Gul and Aizaz.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 19, 2012, 1:23 GMT

    PAKISTAN HAS SET THEIR STANDARDS VERY LOW. Batsmen with 25+ averages are called a talent and some of them are permanent members for a decade with that average. Asad Shafiq was surely been kicked out by any other team if he had to play with this average. Players are just getting hyped after scoring a 40 or 50 every 10 innings. Adnan Akmal isn't a super wicketkeeper and he doesn't know how to bat. He might have scored a 20 here and 40 there by nudges but he has no place in the team. Compare our first choice fast bowler to the English and nothing more is needed to be said about fast bowling. Gul doesn't know where he is bowling and has no plan at all. Pakistan must start playing players like Nasir Jamshid, Ahmad Shehzad, Shahzaib Hasan, Usman Salahuddin, Hammad Azzam, Usman Qadir and Mohammad Talha. We need a batting wicketkeeper and until we find one, Kamran is still better than Umar Akmal. The players named in fixing scandel, like Kamran Akmal, Rana Navid should be treated as Wahab is

  • CRICALLi on February 19, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    Afridi's innings proved me right today;; redefine his role so that he can bat higher up the order& play more responsibly like today51runs at almost100.00stike rate. If Malik& Farhat can be given another chance, why not KamranAkmal(perhaps he is more mature now) to open with Hafeez, #3-Azhar, #4- Younis role is not only his ability but to provide psychological comfort for the younger batsmen around him. He also scored a very fast century in the last test.#5- Afridinew role, #6- Misbah, #7- Asad, #8 Saeed, #9-Rehman-Most enonomical in 2nd ODI(kept pressure on batsmen),#10-Cheema, #11-Junaid(fast&Economical), Gul is tired needs rest.

  • realist1 on February 19, 2012, 1:08 GMT

    KP scoring 100 is always special. Like him or loathe him, we all know what a class player he is! He is the one person who can single-handedly change a outcome of a Ashes series. And all of us Aussies know that. That's why I always wish him bad luck when he plays against the Aussies but Do admire his cricketing abilities secretly at the same time!!

  • dmqi on February 19, 2012, 0:45 GMT

    NOW I AM CONVINCED THAT ENGLAND IS A TOP TEAM AND PAKISTAN IS A VERY LOWER ORDER, #5/6 RANKED TEAM. A GOOD TEAM CAN FIGHT BACK AS DID ENGLAND AFTER 3-0 LOSS IN TEST WHICH SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN THE CASE WITH RELATIVE STRENGTH OF THE TWO SIDES.Pakistan can make all the permutation-combination but truth is they do not have quality bowlers,batsmen and keeper.

  • pak94fan on February 19, 2012, 0:33 GMT

    @Post by landl47 on (February 18 2012, 22:36 PM GMT)

    I beg to differ. Firstly, full credit to England for their wonderful performances in all areas, they outclassed us, simple. I still fail to understand why Cook let us off the hook after we were four down by bringing on the spinners but I'm not complaining. However, I think one of the main differences between the test and ODI series has been the captaincy of Misbah-ul-Haq... he was superb in tests, constantly with the field placements and the bowling changes.... here, not so much. Defensive fields after a couple of bad overs when you're defending a small total, and the same attitude in the first two ODIs has resulted in this loss. Misbah should realise that Pakistan's big weapon is the bowling, which failed today due to Pietersen's brilliant innings, but still, you could see the problems Ajmal was creating.... if anyone else would have managed to back him up at the other end, and taken catches, we might have gotten a closer finish...

  • Gizza on February 19, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    @kriskini, taking your logic to its endpoint, not only will Tests die but ODI's will also die and even T20. In the future both teams will only play one over each because nobody in the future will allegedly have the time to concentrate for longer. Maybe eventually just one ball each. Wouldn't that be an exciting cricket match!

  • on February 19, 2012, 0:29 GMT

    To Kriskini, who says: "Evolution in cricket. Test matches with unlimited days. Test matches with 6 days(a rest day). Test matches for 5 days. ODI with 60 overs(first 3 world cups). ODI with 50 overs. T20 cricket. Test cricket will die for sure and ODI and T20 will remain."

    My answer: UNFORTUNATELY.

  • coolitbaby on February 19, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    I think ever since Gul received a beating from Sehwag at the world cup, he has lost it completely. Not to worry Gully you are not alone. Sehwag has done that to Saqlain, Sami, Akhtar etc also.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on February 19, 2012, 0:12 GMT

    England havent suddenly mastered Pakistan spin, nor is it an 'amazing turnaround' for the likes of Cook and Pietersen. To compare the ODIs to the tests is bogus IMO. England have learnt to bunt Ajmal & Rehman around for singles without contending with people crowding round the bat. So there has been no pressure to contend with. Also, don;t think we've suddenyl cracked the sub continent conundrum either. Nasser made a good point today - the conditions in the UAE (bouncy tracks that offer the seamers a bit) are actually closer to English tracks than Asian ones. So, while it;s great for morale after the test debacle I'm not at all convinced we're dead certs to conquer India or Sri Lanka.

  • yorkshirematt on February 18, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    Well if I was to take an indian perspective on this series win, it is revenge for the test whitewash. Similar to the 5-0 in India after the 4-0 over here.

  • on February 18, 2012, 23:44 GMT

    Pakistan are seriously suffering their own post test whitewash hangover. 1st series loss under Misbah. They would be very disappointed. What happened to Saeed Ajmal's secret ball that he used against England in tests so well? Not one Pakistani batsmen to score a century in this ODI series. In ODI you can't bat slow and that is exactly what Pakistan has done. Of course you thrashed the no.1 test team, but you lost against a ODI team that is ranked below Australia, South Africa, India, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and yourself. You have to rethink your strategy on batting. You can't win by overloading your side with spinners.

  • Ozzbozz on February 18, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Well done to England in the series to date, thier prep was spot on but I have to say if I was Strauss I'd be looking for Cook and Peiterson with bat in hand... who were these imposters especially Cook, he's like a man possesed.

    Still it shows that Pakistan does need a proper coach like Whatmore rather than the stand offish Mosin who's taken all the plaudits so far but has actually done no coaching, period.

  • on February 18, 2012, 23:27 GMT

    hmmm good to see KP do well, and here I thought he was in a slump. Lets hope he continues this and ensures it is not a one off century. England need KP to bolster that upper-middle order so the bowlers do not have to bat to win games.

  • yasser211 on February 18, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Congrats to England.Steve Finn looks the real deal.McGrathesque ability to hit the perfect length and bowl at 90 mph.Cook is a class act and I always thought he can easily adapt to all formats.I think Azhar Ali can perform the same role for Pakistan in the Cook/Dravid mould.For all of Pakistan's successes over the past year,I have never been convinced by Misbah.Too defensive and not astute in my opinion.Even Afridi before him was abysmal but could at least rally the players with just his personality.A pity there are no captains in waiting.The heir apparent Mohammed Hafeez is a club cricketer at best.Kicking Yusuf out of the Pak team is beyond comprehension.For all of S malik's recent failings,he needs to be given another chance.Here is how I would choose my team(I am ignoring the fact that half these guys do not get along) 01-K Akmal(WK) 02-A Shehzad/N Jamshed 03-Y Khan/A Ali 04-M Yusuf 05-U Akmal 06-S Malik 07-Afridi 08-H Azam/A Razzaq 09-U Gul 10-S Ajmal 11- J Khan No Misbah for me.

  • Imad_K on February 18, 2012, 22:55 GMT

    Shahzadhussan I agree with you to an extent. With Pak it's been the same old story for the last 10/15 years. The problem with Pak is not their bowling even though yes it's not been as strong as it used to be but with their batting. It's always been 2/3 batsmen that the team rely on - before it was Inzi/Yousaf, now it's Misbah/Y Khan/A Ali. The others give their wickets away and then expect 2/3 batsmen to score the runs. Great teams aren't produced like this. Pak should never worry about run rate. I have very rarely seen Pak lose a game because of their run rate - they lose because they don't score enough runs. Look even getting something like 130 off 30 overs is enough as long as you have wickets in hand. For that you don't need to worry about hitting 4's and 6's - just stay at the crease and keep rotating the strike. Then the others have a chance to bat, but when you are typically 20/3, 40/4 - then what do you expect? Politics prevents other good players from getting in the team.

  • CricketingStargazer on February 18, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    @Aracer, with respect, if Steve Finn had played in the 1st Test Pakistan would have been limited to a lead probably 100 or more smaller than the matchwinning lead that they obtained in the end. Instead of facing a huge lead and an almost hopeless situation, England would have batted second time around with far less pressure on them. You simply do not know what might have happened. It is quite possible that Pakistan would still have dismissed England cheaply. It is also possible that England could have managed 250 and won the match.

  • soyl187 on February 18, 2012, 22:51 GMT

    @jg2704 i agree Finn has bowled well. However with how England bowled in test matches is it wise to change? Maybe in a home series id leave out swann or panesar and play him. However, in india n sri lanka id stick to same bowling attack. I also believe that indian and sri lankan spinners are not as gooad as our pak spinners. So that combined with the boost of winning the ODIs i think England will fair well in india n sri lanka. Anyway congrats to England for their comeback in the ODIs. Maybe this will help PAK focus on selection and wake up to the fact that they still have a long way to go before they are anywhere near challenging a number one spot.

  • Imad_K on February 18, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    It's the same old story with Pakistan - chasing wide balls, getting run out, trying to hit everything for a boundary, wrong shot selection, losing wickets at crucial times - 20/3, 30/3 then the game starts, relying on 2/3 batsmen to score runs. Why doesn't someone explain to the Pakistani players that you don't need to be 400 off 20 overs - just get 70/80 but try not to lose wickets. You don't need to smack everything out the ground by hitting balls in the air - play low risk shots, stay at the crease, takes ones and twos the runs will come, take the game to the last 15/20 overs and keep wickets in hand. That's why wining the test series, winning the odd test here and there because of one bowler performing doesn't mean anything and I said that after Pak won the test series 3-0. Pak need to sort their batting out to progress. Also, Pak need to drop Adnan Akmal because he seriously can't bat against pace bowling.

  • Imad_K on February 18, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    The fact is England are still the team to beat. India can't bat outside the subcontinent, Australia will have a much stronger bowling line up when their bowlers are fit but their batting is weak. The only reason England lost the test series was because of their inability to play spin but more importantly because they struggled against S Ajmal. Coming from a family that has produced around 10/15 first class cricketers including three that have captained Pakistan there is nothing more disappointing than watching Pakistan play for the last 10/15 years.

  • soyl187 on February 18, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    Pak have been found out thats what has happened here. Test matches England put themselves under pressure. However they've managed to resolve that issue. I don't believe they are picking Ajmal, they just don't need to go after him and with no men around the bat he's easy to fend off. Previous series Pak faced weaker batting line-up then England's and so bowlers covered the flaws in their batting. Simply put, when Miandad is batting coach they bat better. Their batting has no sense of direction. You can't say bowling is weak just because they had an off day today. England have managed 260 max on dead pitches. Pak need to sort out batsmen. The team should be Hafeez, K Akmal, Misbah, Asad Shafiq, Younis, U Akmal, H Azam, Afridi, Ajmal, Gul, Riaz. Bowling was good 1st game, Farhat is not int class, akmal unreliable but only keeper who can bat. Azam good all rounder deserves chance and Riaz needs to play more for left handed batsmen. This would be most balanced side they can get.

  • landl47 on February 18, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    This ODI series, satisfying as it is, has shown that England didn't get their preparations right for the test series. The batting through the ODIs has got better and better and it's not because the bowling is any worse- in fact, it's mostly the same bowlers: Gul, Cheema, Ajmal and Hafeez. England hadn't learned the techniques of coping with spin bowled at a faster pace on a slower wicket, which is the standard situation faced on subcontinental wickets (and incidentally why Panesar was so successful, as that's exactly how he bowls). Having hardly played in the subcontinent in 3 years, England were simply undercooked. If the test series were to start now, England would be heavy favorites.

  • aracer on February 18, 2012, 22:32 GMT

    @Pak117 - I don't think Finn would have made any difference at all to the test series (well I suppose he might have got one of Azhar or Younis in the final test) - it was the England batting, not the bowling which had a problem. Now if this Alastair Cook had played in the tests...

  • CricketingStargazer on February 18, 2012, 22:26 GMT

    JG2704, Jade Dernbach was never going to prosper in India. He is a traditional English swing and seam merchant and I simply could not see him inconveniencing anyone away from home. His very poor returns in India were exactly what I had predicted. He will not take wickets here, or in Sri Lanka but, in a home series, he will be devastating at times. I did see him bowling live last season (before his call-up) and was not overly impressed.

  • on February 18, 2012, 22:25 GMT

    i dont think England are picking Ajmal, just that the other bowlers are not upto task so they dont have to go after Ajmal. Pakistans batting has also been a problem throught England's tour and before that. However the bowling has been covering for it. England have managed to sort out their batting and have comeback strong. Pakistan have no innings builders. Azhar is new to ODI. Even though Kamran is unreliable they need him back. Team should be Hafeez, K Akmal, Misbah, Younis, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Hammad Azam, Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal, Umar Gul, Wahab Riaz. That way they bat to number eight, have some sort of keeper, a good all-rounder in azam, and plenty bowling. Riaz and Gul aren't great but they're the best they have atm. None of the other keepers can bat. And with azhar, younis, asad, misbah and umar in the team they might get past 250 one day. They got away with it against sri lanka, and others because of their bowling. However previous teams batting was not as good as Eng.

  • Shahzadhussan on February 18, 2012, 22:23 GMT

    I congratulate English men for wonderful display of performance in every field. Pakistan is lacking good fast bowlers after Shoaib, Amir and Asif. To compensate that we should have better batting line. Unfortunately, nepotism and political influence has not let the team develop. We lost our one of the best batsmen, Yousaf who was just victimized politically. We have very talented openers in the form of Nasir Jamshed, Ahmed Shahzad and Kamran Akmal "who is much better batsman and reasonably better keeper at least better tahn Umar". Farhat is sticking the team for last 13 years just based upon his diplomatic influence. Misbah or Younus can never be th substitute of Inzi or even Yousuf who have ability to stay on the wicket with keeping run rate going and do the stroke play at the death overs that ability is completely absent from Misbah. We still have time to get rid of frist 5 batsman and bring some new along with their quality mentor, Yousuf. This loss my triger some positive decisions

  • kriskini on February 18, 2012, 22:20 GMT

    Evolution in cricket. Test matches with unlimited days. Test matches with 6 days(a rest day). Test matches for 5 days. ODI with 60 overs(first 3 world cups). ODI with 50 overs. T20 cricket. Test cricket will die for sure and ODI and T20 will remain.

  • psu19976 on February 18, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    pak should have 6 bowling options: drop gul include rehman, drop azhar include azam

  • Lmaotsetung on February 18, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    This is what is so frustrating about England's sorry performance in the test series. Finally the batsmen are finding form at the end of the tour. Funny how the only batsmen to play well this tour has been those who also made the trip to India except Bell but he wasn't chosen for that series til very late. Strauss, Morgan and Prior all had very long vacation so am sure as Flower said, things will change from now on. You learn from your mistakes and move on...unlike THAT other former #1 team. Samit Patel now introduce a whole set of new permutations...as the commentators said on Sky, having him come in at #6 or #7 and playing both Monty and Swann in test would be very very interesting indeed. This ODI win, whitewash or not still does not take away the disappointment of the Test series whitewash. If I were to choose, I'd rather have a Test series draw and an ODI loss than this for Eng...oh well...on to Sri Lanka and by the end of that tour, we'll get a better idea of where Eng is.

  • DaGameChanger on February 18, 2012, 21:55 GMT

    Pakistan continues to have genetics of loosing 3-4 wickets in bucket. Pakistan dont have any good fast bowlers anymore and dont see anybody exciting in horizon either. Pakistan Team is over-relying on Saeed Ajmal. In shorter formats, he can only few overs and more they play him, easier it will become to read him. You can see by end of this tour, English players have already started picking him.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:51 GMT

    Re Engs ODI future - Now we have a few selection headaches. The way our players have performed it's difficult to drop anyone although I would like to see them make room for Jos Buttler. The only change I would possibly make is a straight Somerset sway in Buttler for Kieswetter. It would pain me (as a Somerset fan) to drop Craig but Buttler can keep wicket and I'm not sure Craig is as suited to coming in down the order. I'm still not 100% convinced by Trott but his record disproves my doubts and others that he scores particularly slowly. As for the bowlers , well you'd like to find a place for Bresnan but I think Jimmy has bowled better in this series than Bres did against India so for me Bres has to wait.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    Re England's test future - I'm wondering if Finn will get another chance at test level vs SL. No one can argue with his performances in the ODIs but to bring him into a 4 man attack (which England seem obsessed with) means dropping one of our 3 top 10 bowlers or Monty who came in and did such a great job.In SL I guess you need 2 specialist spinners so that would leave Broad and Anderson. Broad was better in the test series but can you really leave Jimmy out?As I've always said I'd prefer them to drop a batsman for a bowler and I'd have said that during the India series too. Maybe a little harsh I'd bring in Finn for Morgan and possibly even Bopara or Patel for Bell. I just wonder about Bell's confidence and RB/SP can give you a bowling option too. Having said that Bell probably deserves a longer run but at some point it might do him more harm than good.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    Well it's a funny old game. I thought we'd have no chance but maybe we have had less pressure on us to win and have played with some more freedom. Pak fans will wonder why their bowlers have not looked anywhere near as dangerous in this series and Eng fans will wonder why our batsmen look like batsmen again. Finn bowled extremely well again and all our bowlers did a fair job. KP - While still not at his best and still scratchy and fortunate at times - at least/last showed signs of positivity. Like JM , I'm still not convinced on having him as an opener. From Pak's point of view I'm guessing Gul bowling those no balls and such an untidy line , just when you needed the pressure on was one of the worst phases of the game.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    @Imran Ahmed on (February 18 2012, 19:46 PM GMT) Thanks for the credit although I would swap all 3 victories for winning just one of the tests in order to increase our chances of staying at 1.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:49 GMT

    @Marcus Khaleeq on (February 18 2012, 19:38 PM GMT) A clean sweep would be a consolation or at best a confidence boost for us Englishmen. Pakistan won the series that counted most and I for one am not going to suddenly pretend that the ODI's are as important as the tests.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @Umar Aasim on (February 18 2012, 19:19 PM GMT) Fair enough in the 1st 2 matches the toss probably did favour us , but these are similar grounds to those which you beat us 3-0 in the test series and which you have been playing all forms of cricket on for the last year or so. Fair enough lambast your own players/selections - plenty of us did re our batsmen - but give team England some credit , we did with Pakistan when you beat us in the test series

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @kitten on (February 18 2012, 19:21 PM GMT) Sorry , I have to disagree with your equations there. Australia were number one for years and I'm sure there were players who were seen as being cocky but they continued their form. Re India , I'm sure if DF was asked a question like that he would say that they had the ingredients to be number 1 for several years and there was nothing to suggest that the same Indian batsmen who had performed well for years at home and away would pretty much all go off the boil in both England and Aus. Re England , I think you'll find that it's more the pundits and ex players who are bigging them up.Also we're not off the top yet. And re Pak , they played some decent tenacious cricket. Regardless , each team lost because they were outplayed and nout to do with what people said.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    @OhhhMattyMatty on (February 18 2012, 18:52 PM GMT) As nice as it is to see England performing again , let's not try and pretend that this series is anywhere near as important as the test series which we lost 3-0

  • cricketisagame on February 18, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    The tests should be scrapped, they are too boring. The tests should be replaced by ODIs and the ODIs by T20. This is the future of the cricket. GP Swann

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @Zinnooran Tahir on (February 18 2012, 18:41 PM GMT) Thanks bud. It is strange because if you gave me a bet and said that England would get whitewashed in one of the formats but win the series in the other I'd have said it would be the other way around. Guessing it's frustrating for you that Pak have been unable to enforce the same pressure they put on in the tests in the ODIs , just as it has been frustrating that our batsmen looked totally in awe of Ajmal and co in the test series whereas they look totally at ease in the ODI's. I guess you're thinking why can't Pak crowd the bat and put the pressure back on whereas we're thinking , why could we not have played with more positive intent to make the field spread out in the test series. Frustrating for both sets of fans me thinks

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @jimmy777 on (February 18 2012, 17:52 PM GMT) Actually it probably isn't the weakest of all 8 teams. We are probably like Pak in this format in that when it all clicks we can be a very decent side but when it doesn't it can be a nightmare. Our home record last year was pretty decent but then we get stuffed in Australia and India. Even in the world cup where we lost to Bangladesh and Ireland , we beat SA and drew with eventual winners India. 2 very Jeckyl and Hide teams

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 21:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney/Front-Foot-Lunge - All of these bowlers have it in them to do a job as good as anyone in ODIs but just as you think one of our bowlers IS the one to take us forward he goes off the boil. Even Bresnan and Swann did in India. Dernbach looked to be the man but he seems to have gone off the boil too now. I thought they all bowled well today with Finn being outstanding. The guy I like is Broad , just because he's so tenacious. Today he had an awful over where he went for 16 and his next over was a wicket maiden. Gul is almost a typical England OD bowler where he can be amazing or very poor

  • phoenixsteve on February 18, 2012, 21:43 GMT

    Another very good and highly professional display from England. Will achieving a whitewash compensate for being thrashed in the test series? Not for me anyhow, England were as bad as Pakistan were good and it was a shameful wakeup call for team England at the most important TEST level. Maybe there will be a twist in the tail when game 4 is played? COME ON ENGLAND!!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    For ODI Misbah, Younis Khan and Shoaib Maliik are all under performing. Its time to bring new blood in the team. Here is the team that I want.

    01 Imran Nazir 02 Rameez Raja Jr. 03 Zulqarnain Haider (W.K) 04 Muhammad Yousuf 05 Umar Akmal 06 Azhar Mahmood 07 Shahid Afridi 08 Anwar Ali 09 Hamad Azam or Abdul Razzak 10 Saeed Ajmal 11 Mohammad Amir (Should Fight For him, best bowler in the world)

  • CricketFirstLove on February 18, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Atleast now they should realise how brittle their batting and ineffective their non-existent pace attack is. For God's sake, keep your egos aside and bring back Shoaib Akhtar for Pace bowling, treat him with respect which he deserves, he is the only genuine pace bowler we have. And bring back M.Yousuf one of the greatest batsmen ever. Both have at least 3 years of cricketing life in them. Avail of it. Otherwise keep loosing. And don't be fooled by Afridis 50 today based on which he is likely to play another 50 matches, blocking a batsman position and will keep failing. He already holds the record of maximum failures. Played 336 failed in 290. Think creatively for the team.

  • on February 18, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    Shame on Pakistan for losing a home ODI series to England. Current Pakistan team has very ordinary bowing, batting fielding and the players are mentally fragile.

  • kriskini on February 18, 2012, 21:23 GMT

    Its just England could not read Ajmal in test cricket and they are fine now. Same thing happned with India vs srilanka Ajanta Medis.

  • on February 18, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    If England had played the ODIs first, would it have made any difference to the result of the Test series?

  • cric_freak88 on February 18, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    pakistan;s inept batting has been badly xposed .. pak batting and india;s bowling combined can make a good club team

  • gunnerr4life on February 18, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    Now , England will surely make that 4-0 !

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:55 GMT

    @ SirViv1973 Yes pakistan do have all rounder, even one of them is dubai with them right now. his name is Hammad Azam he is realy a good talented all rounder.. i real want to see him in next match against Eng.

  • 619booyaka on February 18, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    yes man Eng win the series and hope fully they white wash Pakistan in this series congrats!! KP for century hope u continue Ur good form and congrats!!! Eng team for winning the series against Pakistan.

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    So England Team for last match and T20s Finn, Tremlett, Bresnan, Broad,Dernbach, Batsmen (based on Pakistan never learning and fielding same old spinners) - Cook, KP, Bopara- plus Morgan and Patel Kieswetter (needs to open with KP at T20)

  • brittop on February 18, 2012, 20:48 GMT

    If this series win does help the English team to bat better in their upcoming "Asian test series", then it will be of some worth. I admire Alastair Cook's ability to turn himself into an ODI batsman, but I do worry that it is affecting his test form. If you exclude his 294 (although that in itself does show he can still play the long innings, so perhaps my worry is unfounded), he has played 11 test innings since being made ODI captain, scoring 213 runs. 7 times dismissed in single figures, and only one fifty.

  • hhillbumper on February 18, 2012, 20:47 GMT

    While this is all good stuff this is still hit and giggle cricket.We still lost the test matches and how did we do that? If we had batted better then we should have taken the sries and should have one two tests.It just shows that if you hit some bowlers they tend to wilt a bit. It is a good showing by England but time to get back to test cricket and beat Sri Lanka.

  • Trickstar on February 18, 2012, 20:37 GMT

    @ Chris Retter Don't agree with you at all saying that Swann and Patel have been ineffective, Swann during the 3 games has gone for 4.8 runs per over, surely that's one of the main prerequisites in one day cricket is not going for runs. Pressure from one ends leads to wicket at the other and that's what's been happening and Patel has 5 wickets in the previous games. It's clear they've been very careful against the spin and tried to score off the pace. You don't get rid of your best one day bowler anyway, just because he hasn't got loads of wickets, silly idea. What kind of rubbish is saying we need 5 fast bowlers and with that you say that doesn't include Jimmy, no we pick our BEST bowlers end of. Who are these other fast bowlers anyway, that are better then the spin of Swann and swing of Jimmy, Dernbach LoL he's rubbish and Bresnan's not been fit and isn't a better bowler than Jimmy anyway. Hopefully what you've typed is tongue in cheek and I missed the point a bit.:)

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:17 GMT

    well played ENG They have shown us how to build innings and how to make runs in ODIs .Pak team ODI performance was overshadowed by afridi brilliant one man show against lankans otherwise after INZI era we have very poor ODI team .There is not a single player of saeed anwar mohammad yousaf inzimam class in playing 11 barring younis who nowadays play one good innings in series .Once we had best allrounders in the World like abdurrazak wasim akram and azhar mahmod now we are not giving chances to youngsters like hammad azam .Though i believe in real cricket and that is test criclet which has shown lot of improvement in recent years but if pak want to prepare for WC they have to remove misbah imran farhat shoaib malik azhar ali from one day format and bring replacements as soon as possible .They can revert back to yousaf . Openers should be attacking one down younis and no. 4 yousaf den umar akmal afridi and allrounders . Mohd amir comeback will strengthen our fast bowling spin is doingwel

  • aiksa on February 18, 2012, 20:16 GMT

    Pakistan didn't win the test series, England lost it thanx to their extremely defensive batting approach. I don't want to take anything away from Pakistani bowlers, but it were the same bowlers and same pitches. The moment English batsmen started played positively and put a decent total on the board, weakness of Pakistani batting has been exposed. Unless Pakistan brings in fresh batting talent on merit, they are going to get thrashed even by much weaker teams.

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @samincolumbia Pakistan make England look like a decent ODI team and England make Pakistan look like a decent test team!! Made for each other...LOL Hahaha nice comment

  • on February 18, 2012, 20:09 GMT

    Great to see England pick themselves up after the disappointing Test series. The bowlers have been excellent throughout both and should trouble any side. I too wonder what might have been were the sides to have played the ODI's first. I suspect England would have lost both, but by small margins. Good fighting spirit as kenderanengineer has said; I think India just want to go home. So disappointing for any cricket fan to witness the way they have capitulated on the last couple of tours with those wonderful batsmen failing to impose themselves, although the recent results are good to see.

  • Stark62 on February 18, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    Blessing in disguise! I've said many times that Misbah is not fit enough to lead the ODI and T20 side; Afridi took a similar side to the semi-finals of the WC and might I add, actually topped the group involving SL (at home) and Aus.

    Also, Umar has proved again his Pak's best batsmen but is still being wasted at no. 6 and what is the whole point of having so many defensive batsmen when, they can't even last 5 overs?!?!

    OUT: Farhat (most importantly), Younis, Misbah, Gul, Adnan, Cheema, Riaz, Rehman, Malik...........IN: Afridi (cpt), SADAF (a must), Jamshed, Shezhad, Rahat Ali, Junaid Nadir, Mohammad Rizwan (wkt), N. Yasin, H. Sohail, Nayyar Abbas

  • 200ondebut on February 18, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Great to see KP back in the runs. Those who think that one or two bad tests all of a sudden makes you a bad player (and shouldn't be in the side) don't understand cricket - shame some of them are those who provide content for this site. Test results do seem odd - but don't take anything away from the Pakistan bowlers as they were superb. Well done England - it is good to shut all the negative people up for a while - especially the chirpy Ozzies.

  • SirViv1973 on February 18, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    As an Eng fan im pleased we have won this series, but after the debacle of the test series it does feel a little like after the Lord Mayors show. When I first started watching cricket over 20 yrs ago the ODI's were nearly always played before the test series and I really do think had that had been the case here the test series may have had a different outcome. Nevertheless we are where we are and it is pleasing to see Eng beat a team like Pak in an ODI series in Asian conditions. As for Pak the balance of their team doesn't seem quite right. Hafeez and Afridi apart no one seems able to perform 2 disciplines. I think their fielding really needs improving but more than anything I think they are crying out for a seam bowling all rounder who could also prove extremely useful in test matches outside of Asia. To Pak fans are there any young cricketers in your domestic game who could fill this role in the near future ?

  • aracer on February 18, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Cook only needs 24 runs next match to take the record for the most runs scored by a captain in ANY bilateral ODI series. I wonder what Beefy has to say about that?

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Disgracefull stuff from pakistan they need geniune fast bowler, a wicket-keeper and solid batsman on emergency basis to sustain against top three sides.

  • samincolumbia on February 18, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    This thrashing is bigger and more complete than SL's thrashing of Australia. We won't see any Pakistani fans calling their team #1 for a week at the very least!!

  • samincolumbia on February 18, 2012, 19:54 GMT

    Pakistan make England look like a decent ODI team and England make Pakistan look like a decent test team!! Made for each other...LOL.

  • AJ_Tiger86 on February 18, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    Who cares about 50-over cricket? It's boring, predictable and rubbish. Test cricket is the REAL DEAL. England are still world no. 1 test team, and they will remain so for many years to come.

  • A_Vacant_Slip on February 18, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    Well, all the Indian naysayers who said England only win when they bat first or have "rain assistance" (LOL) have been proved to be completely wrong. Also proved is that England CAN play these fine spin bowlers. Clearly England batsmen lacked preparation and application in Test matches. Also proved is that England full strength bowling side is fairly capable even on dry surface. Remember this is pitches completely familiar to Pakistan not England. Well played to both sides. Good competitive spirit. Good to see KP finding form. @kunderanengineer nice to see friendly comment from India fan. Also good comments from Pakistan fans. All good for cricket! SO unusual if Pakistan wash Tests and England wash ODI! It shows for sure that ODI and Test form completely unrelated.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I would like to congratulate England for stepping up and stealing the show from us. Pakistanis need to go back to the drawing board to figure out what they are doing wrong. Cricket is not only about how you play in the ground but how you behave in daily life. So please if you have negative behaviors that prevent you from focusing... get your act together. If you truly had earned it with hard work, you would have been humble when you won the Test Series. But you were not!!!

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    so as the series has progressed have England gotten much better - or Pakistan much worse ? I think its all down to the batsmen reading the slow spin bowlers. First test and English batsmen couldnt spot a Doosra if it came up and slapped them in the face.... but now Cook, Bopar and even Petersen can. So England scoring has gone into orbit - this was the equivalent of 130 run victory (based on double their score at 30 overs) batsmen cant read fast bowlers the same ..now could a batsmen read Shoab Aktiar - the Eye of the Tiger himself..... at 160kph! Spin bowlers are for worn out pitches and surprise factor ...pointless Pakistan playing 4 of them. Where are all the pakistan fast bowlers? As for England - Patel and Swan , fine spin bowlers but ineffective .. Pakistan batsmen just milk them for runs now. We need to put 5 fast bowlers in for last match and T20, and i mean fast , no disrespect to Jimmy A. We can keep the fat boy in though , good alround cricketer , another cracking catch

  • Trickstar on February 18, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    CricketingStargazer I agree Finn should have got the nod before Tremlett for the first test because Tremlett was obviously not fit but when all said and done in the test series, all the bowlers bowled wonderfully well and wasn't the reason we lost it. Obviously, just because Finn has bowled well here in one day cricket doesn't mean he'd have bowed just as good in test cricket but I'd have been interested to see. When fit and firing though, I'd still pick Tremlett ahead of Finn, imo Tremlett is almost unplayable in places like England, SA and Aus, Finn probably the better in the sub continent. Finn though is the future and will likely lead England's attack once Jimmy has retired and will have a good shout at being the best bowler in the world in years to come, not far off it now mind if he carries on doing what he's done these last couple of one day series. I'm actually looking forward to the start of the English season, so I can watch him in action, hopefully against WI in May.

  • Mascricviews on February 18, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    I think Pak selectors will definitely need to change the ODI team. Our fast bowling dept is very week. Gul is not good on flat tracks. We need couple of wicket taking fast bowlers like Amir, Riaz, some other new blood.Our batting is the main problem, we have been sticking with the same batsmen far too long without results in ODIs. Farhat, Azhar, Younus, Misbah definitely have to go from the ODI team. Bring in some new crop for ODIs and groom them e.g. Ahmed Shehzad, Khalid Lateef, etc. like India did with Raina, Kohli, Rohit Sharma etc. Bring in Sarfraz as WK in ODIs. We can start preparing for the next WC now. We also need to make one important change to sack M. Ilyas as a selector.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    England has done a fantastic job. It is a pitty that Cook missed his hundred. One more to go and then 20/20. I am baffled on what went wrong with England in the Test series. A clean sweep will be a sweat revenge.

  • kam_uk on February 18, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Wins and losses are part of the game but the manner of this loss was damning. Misbah and Mohsin have lost creditability and with the Asia cup due in a few weeks Pak will get embarrassed and will be lucky to beat Bangladesh on this form. The selectors need to be changed especially M Ilyas - which is the only time Farhat will finally be dropped. Afridi had an excellent ODI side which was performing well and building momentum but the old chairman put paid to that. Now Zaka needs an independent and knowledgeable selection panel with Whatmore bringing his technical coaching knowledge skills to the team. Mohsin has done well but morale boosting words are not enough. Mohsin is best suited to his original role but with an independent selection panel. There is enough talent in Pak but it needs guidance, proper management and coaching.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    funny cricket. great bounce back Englishman... well lead by captain..

  • noplay on February 18, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    Pakistan is just too lucky the one day series was not played first. Now for the words of the Mighty Master Mohsin. And all the more reason why Pakistan needs a coach to take them through all forms of the game. The test series showed us a team that depended on a partnership here and there and for a bowler to finally come good. Time to put together a team

  • Trickstar on February 18, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    @Umar Aasim England have won this series because the conditions have suited them, really? that just sounds like sour grapes to be honest. How are these conditions similar to English conditions because that's what your saying and how are they not suitable for the Pakistan side. England have won because they've have adopted to the conditions quicker and better than Pakistan and have played FAR the better cricket. the 3 games haven't even been close.

  • KarachiKid on February 18, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Pakistan has the worst wicket keeper, who is also a tail end batsmen, our fast bowling is mediocre at best, gul has subsided into an abdul rahman only that he cannot bat like abdul rahman, and bowl a tad worse than abdul rahman. Our batsmen, Farhat and Misbah are just not good enough for ODI (btw farhat not good enough for first class cricket as well). presense of shoaib malik in dressing room has coincided with this drop in form, i wonder if there is a link. Clearly shoaibl malik is not a good player anymroe, sooner we get rid of him the better. Finally our batsmen hafeez, umar akmal, asad shafique cant play a long innings and are one dimnetional. Pretty sorry state of affairs.

  • Mayan820 on February 18, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    Can someone please explain to me how how A. Cook, having only averaged 26.5 in his six innings in the test series now suddenly manages to average 106.3 in the last 3 ODI's. The same goes for KP . . . He averaged 11.2 in his 6 test innings. Now he suddenly averages 76 (in the 3 ODI's). All of this happens at the very same venues against the very same bowlers and everything else is pretty much equal. Is it the pitches? Are the latter so different from the ones used in the tests? Spare a thought for one A. Strauss who must be tearing his hair out at seeing the last 3 performances of these two batsman, especially, and comparing them to their dismal performances in the tests. This is the most amazing cricketing turn around by England after their 3-0 drumming by Pakistan in the test series. Who can work this wonderful game out??

  • pakistanicricket on February 18, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    pakistani batting was not good to bregin with. It failed many times in test series but matches were svaed because of bowlers. This team will not make any progress if the keep selecting old Donkeys again and again.

  • mazii on February 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    Mel-vin and England should play minnows like Iraland and Bangladesh to raise their standards in the test matches....

  • Trickstar on February 18, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    @jimmy777 How have England got the worst record in ODi's out of the 8 teams because it's made up rubbish mate, England have only lost one series since 2008 at home and won series in SA recently, the only teams they've lost to is Aus and india that's why they stand 5th in the rankings and not 8th and if they wrap up this series 4-0 move up to 4th. a point away from SA in 3rd.

  • Pak117 on February 18, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Congrats! to England...but, as a Pakistan Supporter, I'm very disappointed with this lack luster performance. To England fans, please don't use this "sub-continent condition" excuse...it's about which team adapt to these conditions better. Surely, for ODI's, England was far superior team and they adapted to the situation very well...the main problem for Pakistan, besides Cook's batting is Finn...he has been incredible. Wonder if the results would have had been diffrent for tests if he had had played...definitely, Pakistan top order struggling against him. Good come back!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 18, 2012, 19:23 GMT

    So, England were just rusty after all. Who takes 6 months off from the game, turns up to play 3 tests in alien conditions and expects to win? Well, England did, obviously, and they paid the price. Don't expect them to make that mistake again, though. Having slapped every other team into silence in the last two years and the uncontested number 1 team in the world everywhere outside Dubai it seems, they had a humbling in the tests, playing all round the wicket to wicket bowling Ajmal and co threw at them. They've now salvaged some pride. They're just getting started.

  • kitten on February 18, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Whenever people open their big mouths, they suffer embarrassing defeats. When India was on top, #1, Duncan Fletcher started bragging and saying this India team have the capacity to be #1 for 5 years. And look what happened. Smashed by England and Australia. When England had just beaten India 4-0, some of the players started talking about this team being the greatest England team ever. And look at what Pakistan did to them in the Tests. Now Pakistan, after having beaten England(whitewashed), some of them were chirping about becoming the best team in the world, and I know this is an ODI, but yes, England is wiping the floor with them. Lessons to be learnt, be humble after winning, and take one step at a time, Keep your mouths shut, and perform on the square. Let other people sing your praises. It certainly looks like Pakistan are in a daze, and in all likelyhood will lose this series 4-0.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    England won all three games for 1 good fast bowling.2 conditions helping them .3Pakistan using the same test team 4 Pakistan not getting the true Asian pitches Pakistan lost due to 1 two fast bowler short 2 hammad azam not playing 3 playing spin bowler on fast track 4 pathetic keepers they will lose again if they don't change

  • CricketingStargazer on February 18, 2012, 19:13 GMT

    The key to this series is that England have put together opening partnerships of 57, 67 & 170. While Pakistan's have been 11, 61 & 22. It is what England singularly failed to do in the Test series. Steve Finn's figures in this series are 30-3-92-11: not bad for someone who has been ridiculed as too profligate and innaccurate for international cricket. I think he should have put to bed any doubts that he should have played in the 1st Test instead of Chris Tremlett.

  • Trickstar on February 18, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    The direness of the Pakistan seam attack is only just matched by their batting, the bowling though is very hard to understand considering the history of fast bowling that Pakistan has had. Surely there are better bowlers than the like of Cheema and Gul. Their batting is one of 4 out all out Afridi got a few today but very rarely has the brains to knuckle down. Anyway on to England, so pleased for KP and with him in form and scoring at the speed he does makes England a vastly more dangerous side, lets hope it's the start of KP of old because he certainly looked in imperious form today all the shots were there, awesome to watch. Gutted for Cook not to get 3 tons in a row, he's been unreal this series. What a bowler Finn has become. if he continues to develop he could become the best in the world. Broad after a poor first over bowled well too, all backed up by the spin of Swann who was as good as usual, even though he didn't get a wicket. It's been a amazing turn around, brilliant to see

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    The Bubble has burst. Pakistan cricket is back where it belongs...a low ranked team that is about to be whitewashed 4-0. To think that India whitewashed the same England team 5-0 not too long ago in ODI's !!

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 19:09 GMT

    Pak should play minnows like Bangladesh, UAE, and Zimbabwe to raise their standards.

  • Love-Pak on February 18, 2012, 19:07 GMT

    ODI\T20 WORLD CUP IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

    ODI\T20 TEAM

    1-M. HAFEEZ 2--NASIR JAMSHAD 3-UMER AKMAL 4-YOUNUS KHAN 5-ASAD SHAFIQ 6-S. AFRIDI (CAPTAIN) 7-HAMMAD AZAM 8-SARFRAZ AHMED (W. KEEPER) 9-UMER GUL 10-M.SAMIL 11- S. AJMAL

    RESERVES : ABDUL RAZZAK, SHAHZAIB HASSAN,, SOHAIL KHAN, IMRAN NAZIR

  • GreenTeam-Elite on February 18, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    England Played Better then Pakistan in ODI Series. So, England Deserves the Series Victory. I Think Final Result for ODI will be 4-0 in Favour of England. PCB is Right that Pakistan Cricket Needs a Qualified Coach!!! And I Think Whatmore is a Better Choice for the Post. Good Luck Pakistan with Whatmore!!!

  • kunderanengineer on February 18, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    Congratulations to England for showing that fighting spirit and working hard to salvage something from a tour which looked like a lost cause after a horrendous start.Makes you wonder how this tour would have gone if it had started with the ODIs and then moved on to the tests. Seems to me that with each match England have acclimatised themselves more and more to the conditions and are feeling more and more comfortable and confident. As an Indian fan, I wish India had shown the same fighting spirit during their tour of England last summer. Winning the CB series could at least be some consolation for an otherwise forgettable tour of Australia.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    England have now shown that they can play spin in subcontinent (-like) conditions and that they can play one-day cricket. They're certainly not masters of either just yet but this is a step in the right direction. It also indicates that the result in the Test series was not quite the indicator of their status as it may seem. I'm quite convinced that the wrong approach was a big factor in their poor performance so, as long as they change that, they should be at least competitive in the upcoming Test series on the subcontinent proper. I take heart from this series that England will put up a better fight the next time they face India in ODIs in India. Maybe some India fans are not quite so keen for that to come as they were after the Test series.

  • on February 18, 2012, 19:01 GMT

    i dont god dam understand why the test side team is playing the odi matches...imran farhat and malik younis misbah all are soo bad hafeez does good once in awhile this whole team needs a shake up and to be replaced by younger and talented players odi team needs a new captain misbah is not the right player he lost us the world cup and now he lost us the series against the tea drinkers this is unbelievable pcb full of idiots and so is the team....please shake the team up replace some off the players with better upcoming stars cheema and gul are over rated and not that great..although cheema can be given chances to improve...i guess pak has truly showed their true face and potential here guys this was a waste..only t20 can truly show us how bad pak is unless they some how bounce back...

  • CricketingStargazer on February 18, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    So, the theory is that England have been lucky to win because they have won the toss and only one player has performed? Hmmm. Seems not too well in accordance with the facts! The game when England have lost the toss they have had their easiest win of all. KP has played himself back into form and Eoin Morgan was looking confident again by the end of the innings. Steve Finn and Stuart Broad took a lot of wickets again. Patel and Swann suffocated the batsmen when Pakistan had two set batsmen and needed to accelerate. And Ravi Bopara didn't even get to the wicket this time. Just about the only bad news is that Jimmy Anderson is a bit expensive and, with the series won, may well make way for Tim Bresnan in the last match to help him get up to match fitness ready for the T20s and the Sri Lanka leg of the tour.

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    I never understand y people say pakistan is exciting side....they always lose crucial matches and win few ...now days their bowling is good..but they lack in batting always.... pakistan batting never excites me...but they are always a good bowling side... need lot of improvment...

  • Love-Pak on February 18, 2012, 18:58 GMT

    TEST TEAM AND OD\T20 MUST HAVE AT LEAST 4 to 5 DIFFERENT and SHAHID AFRIDI SHOULD BE BE ODI\T20 TEAM CAPTIAN. Misbah is too old (38) even to be consider in limited over team specially with his pathetic strike rate around 40. Look around the world , do u find any 38 years old player even playing in National side on international limited over game level?? and look at PCB.they continue Misbah not only playing but is captain of the ODI\T20 taem. This just a big joke with Pakistani nation. Misbah, Farhat, Malik, Ahar Ali, Adnan must be out of ODI\T20 team(as usual just like his brother Adnan once again have dropped catch in3 rd ODI too) and Adnan is a pathetic batsman specially in limited over games. Bring some talented and young players. You need to strengthen batting line and fast bowling. Nasir Jamshad, Sami, Sarfraz, Hammad Azam, Fawad. has been constantly performing well on domestic level and also in BPL.Don't forget T20 world cup is just after few months.

  • CrazyforcricketIII on February 18, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Did Pakistani team show up to play? Where were their batsmen, bowlers and fielders??

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:55 GMT

    Wins and losses are part of the game but my thinking is:

    1. Misbah isn't a one day captain because he lacks aggression 2. I wonder what Aizaz Cheema is doing in the match ???? Especially when wahab Riaz is there, as he is a much better bowler with far better batting skills 3. No idea why Imran Farhan is there?

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    I'm still not completely convinced by KP as an opener. I guess he was out of form so it stands to reason that he needed some time to play himself back into form, which he appears to be well on the way to doing. While opening does give him more time to play an innings and, by his very nature, he's going to end up with a pretty good SR if he stays in for a long time. That said, surely the primary reason for his being at the top of the order is to hit over the top in the first 10 overs. Until he starts doing that effectively, I won't consider the plan to be a success. Kieswetter was doing fairly well in that role so Pietersen has to do at least as well. If moving Kieswetter down the order makes him less productive then that's extra slack to pick up too. Obviously England don't want to lose early wickets but if that was the only reason to promote Pietersen then surely Trott would the man to promote instead.

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:54 GMT

    Pakistan is lacking all the fields Batting, Bowling, Fielding, Catching and also Planing there should be three genuine Fast Bowlers in the team and along with them two spinners and genuine Keeper and Five batsman then we can do much better. My Team is under M. Hafeez Azhar Ali, Asad Shafeeqm/Younis Khan, Misbah, Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, Adnan Akmal, Hamad Azam, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul/Aizaz Cheema Saeed Ajmal. And one thing more now we should do more practice with new ball on both ends coz we are not able to play new ball on both ends.

  • mazii on February 18, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    We need an aggressive Captain in the ODIs and t20, and Afridi could put this side on the path to victory. Pakistani batsmen need serious introspection against good fast bowling just like the English batsmen have learnt how to play quality spin. I still believe that the English batsmen could be trapped with tact and shrewd tactics, but Misbah had ruined this golden opportunity by not putting enough pressure on the Batsmen and by giving away easy singles. Anyhow, they played well especially Cook. Its history now. we have to think seriously how to revitalise the horrendous and find the ways to ameliorate the erstwhile horrendous technique against fast bowling. Although, it won't come overnight but to live in a denial mode isn't an option. Instead of sacking these new comers, something has to be done as far as their batting technique is concerned. After all this very team whitewashed England in the test series. Give ODI and t20 captaincy to Afridi because he is an aggressive captain.

  • OhhhMattyMatty on February 18, 2012, 18:52 GMT

    This is the most embarrassingly one-sided series in ODI history. The overall series is tied at 3-3 now and if England end up winning from 3-0 down they will have shown they are the best side in the world! World Class from KP and Finn!

  • Vilander on February 18, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Well played England, played like champs...Pakistan Hmmmpfff hehe..bad luck

  • Assasinator_007 on February 18, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    SO AFTER ALL.....its not batting in the flood lights.

    Well played ENGLAND.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    I don't want to take anything away from Pakistan because they really did bowl well in the Test matches, but I said at the time that I thought England were their own worst enemy by approaching their batting in completely the wrong way. They were defensive and negative and, even though it didn't work, they stuck to the plan and continued the procession back to the pavilion. I said before this series that England may well do much better in the ODIs because they would be forced to play positively simply by the nature of the game. That theory appears to have been confirmed, particularly by Cook, who has batted positively in all three matches. Pietersen and Morgan appear to have been able to bat themselves into some sort of form with that approach too. I think that's it's even more important for them because they are attacking players by nature.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 18:45 GMT

    Posted by Irfan Ahmed on (February 18 2012, 16:57 PM GMT) : - Gul & Riaz, both are non-sense. Get Sadaf Hussain, Mohammed Talha, Junaid Khan, Cheema. For keeping get Sarfraz Ahmed. Also get rid of Imran Farhat & Younis Khan. Start giving decent opportunities to young players like Hammad Azam.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 18:44 GMT

    That is a great result for England. I guess it puts paid the "win the toss, win the game" theory that some people were posting after England's last two victories. Anderson and Broad both started slowly but they both came back well, although Finn was again the stand-out bowler. The England attack have really proved their critics wrong on this whole tour so far, showing that they can do well in conditions that don't offer a lot of assistance to fast bowlers. I'm not going to assume that KP is back to his brilliant best but it is good to see him looking more like his old self. He was aggressive and took the game to a bowling attack that looked rather flat with only a small total to defend. It was a good idea to send Morgan in to spend a bit more time in the middle and he looked more comfortable again, although there was no scoreboard pressure on him. The Cook show rolls on. He improved his average and SR yet again. At this rate, he'll be in the ICC top 10 ODI batsmen very soon. Surprise!

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    Congrats to all English fans. Finally their team is back on track and our team is showing again the signs of unpredictable performance as they did many times in the past. There are so many questions to raise. 1- Is this the same bowling attack that bowled out England twice in every Test match? 2- If yes, then may be this series is booked?? 3- If no, then maybe Test series was booked? If this series is booked, then England is below par, if test series was booked, then Pakistan is below par.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Misbah again full of Mistakes. But before that again, Azhar Ali dropped Petersen early on off the bowling of Cheema. Also Morgan was dropped by regular keeper off Ajmal. Again very padestrian fielding. Finally Misbah still likes Gul. Gul gave 59 runs in 7 overs @ 8.42, Cheema was unlucky as some edges flew to the boudary, especially one was a geniune slip catch, he gave 40 in 6.2 ovrs @ 6.31. But all this discussion apart now only what remains to be seen is will Misbah drop Gul in the last match. Also we have to see if Hammad Azam will get an opportunity. Any way the English Fast bowlers were far ahead of the Paikistani fast bowlers.

  • A_Yorkshire_Lad on February 18, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    Well played England and well played KP ! Now , how will our old mucker Randyoz approach this ? Opposition were rubbish or England team packed with foreigners ?? Come on , mate , let's be having you ! I've got a fiver on the latter...

  • Rakim on February 18, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Imran Farhat doesn't deserve to be in team. Adnan Akmal isn't ODI keeper (even Kamran is better than him)

  • mazii on February 18, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    After this pathetic and horrid performance by Pakistan, most of us ( Pakistanis) are furious and without wasted any time have started hurling diatribes on Misbah, Azhar Ali, Umar Gul and others alike. And rightly so, every time Pakistani bowlers are expected to perform like superman and those clinging with the bats disappoint us and throw their wickets without any kind of retaliation and resilience. They need to realise that in the game of cricket heroic performances cannot be repeated consistently and they have to show decency or even semblance of it with the bat. In my view Umar Gul should be replaced with the new guns and we need to have good batsmen. Pakistan needs to be proactive rather than reactive- as showed by Misbah-ul Haq. He remain to be test captain, while ODIS captaincy should be given to Afridi and that of T20 on immediate basis otherwise we'll keep losing games like this. Pakistan needs to come hard at England in the t20 series. Give Hammad and other bowler chance.

  • Ra_Thore on February 18, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    I hope that Pak wins the T20 series.

  • IAS2009 on February 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    misbah approach to odi is same as in test match, but some one has to tell him there is one inning in ODI one and you are done, the team selection is to do with the debacle, they need clean hitters at top, Imran Farhat days should have been over long time ago. He is like (Bangladesh's) Ashraful for Pakistan team, look at Pakistan top order strike rate it is under 50, they take too many balls on slow pitches, one have to rotate strike for singles. Even Asad Shfique is taking too long to play his shots. Afridi should be good captain for ODI or anyone else than Misbah, Misbah's approach might be good on Test match (i think it is too conservative) they should have beat SL 3-0 if not for his defensive tactics in test match. next 2 ODI they should play with free mind and new players who have some futire, Shoaib, Farhat should not be considered for future ODIs.

  • mansoorJ on February 18, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    And here comes the result: ENGLAND CHASED THE TARGET BY JUST ONE WICKET loosing , wow wota a win and wota serries win too.Why the English win , i guess itz the different team different Captain and different ambitions. MISBAH WENT IN THE SERRIES WITH FEAR and i am the meaning MISBAH lost the serries before it has started. God its not a shame if PBC RETHINK for the ODI asnd T-20. Pakistan needs attacking bowler and batsmen ( HOW SIMPLE IS THIS ) and an agressive captain who dares to attack takes risks fighting bitting tooth. PCB pls rethink if u want to intertain Cricket in Pakistan

  • UmarSharjeel on February 18, 2012, 18:26 GMT

    That's why PCB changing the coach

  • khurramsch on February 18, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    good series win for england after 3-0 in tests. pakistan showed very poor display in all matches. they were in better chance in 2nd game but lost it & this time again batsman failed. there balance is still not right. tail too long top order too slow & not firing in.they need to change their team now find a good medium pace allrounder. & also a keeper who can bat well.if adnan droped a chance today so find someother.in top 6 only umar is odi strike rate but rest of them apart from hafez are test players.

  • on February 18, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    Here u go, people are talking again after Pakistan whitewashed England in the ORIGINAL, and the most important format of the game, where teams like India etc. are losing 10 games in row,

    - Farath: Bad technique, i saw this guy in front og shaun tait, and since that i just dont think he can stand against the good players, but the question is? who do u want to open? - Azhar ali: Should prepare for ODI! he can take younis'z place .. - Our fast bowlers: Failure! We need bowlers like Akthar and Asif, yes Amir is the last option!

    Pakistan just need to find the combination, and thats all! and we should look forward to get some of the other players in like Azhar Mahmood, Abdul Razzaq or Hamad!

    Btw: If Pak win the next match and whitewash Eng in t20 ! :) Ill b so happy

  • Long-Leg on February 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Great innings by Pieterson but England have built this series win around Cook. He is a class player. In no way does this make up for the test series defeat, because test cricket is far more important. However, it is encouraging to see England progress in the one day game which has been our weakest format by far.

  • Zahidsaltin on February 18, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    OUT WITH GUL, FARHAT, Asad Shafiq and Adnan Akmal.

  • jimmy777 on February 18, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    SHOCKER FROM PAKISTAN! THE ENGLAND ODI TEAM IS THE MOST WEAKEST ENGLAND TEAM ACROSS ALL THE 3 FORMATS, THEIR RECORD IN ODI'S IS POORER THAN ANY OTHER TOP 8 MAIN ODI TEAMS IN THE WORLD, PAKISTAN BEING A GOOD ODI TEAM IF THEY CANNOT DEFEAT ENGLAND IN A ODI SERIES IN SUBCONTINENT AND THAT TOO IN HOME IS VERY VERY POOR PERFROMANCE, PAKISTAN'S WEAKNESS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THEIR BATTING, UNLESS PAKISTAN INCLUDE GOOD BATSMANS THEY WILL STRUGGLE SURELY IN BOTH TESTS & ODI'S BECAUSE EVEN IN THE RECENT TEST SERIES VICTORY AGAINST ENGLAND IT WAS THEIR BOWLING WHICH HAS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE, "WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND"!

  • Zahidsaltin on February 18, 2012, 17:48 GMT

    SOMEONE just tell me, where are Pakistan better than England?? Batting, Fast bowling, Fielding, Keeperbatsman, Allrounders??? How many wickets have pakistani fastbowlers taken?? How many fifties pakistani opners....no wait, pakistani first 6 batsmen have scored? I cant see reason for playing Umar Gul when in last couple of years he only strugles and took rare wickets. IT MAY BE TIME TO BRING MOHAMMAD SAMI BACK.

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    Its high time Pakistan see past these aging players. Gul, Younis, Misbah, Farhat should be thrown out of one day side at least. If we have to lose this badly, we should by trying new players. Srilanka, Bangladesh and England gifted their wickets previously and also our bowlers did well hide errors made in captaincy and batting. But now Misbah's lack of skill in both batting and captaincy has been exposed. Yes, in Misbah's tenure as captain, we are yet to see news about any rift in the team and that goes to his credit. But as a player, he doesn't qualify to be selected in any one day side of the world. So playing someone just because he is the captain is a waste. Misbah & Younis too should realise that they are nothing but a liability on the team. Farhat will need to kicked as he has never proved himself and still comes back in.

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:46 GMT

    could someone telll me wot Imran Farhat is doing in the team.... our batsman has no technique wot so ever.....they always plant the front foot infront of the middle stump even before the ball is delivered perfect candidates for lbw...... we need batting coach plzzzzzz...... I hope whatmore is watching closely all this and would rectify this....... for God sake bring a batting coach

  • imranmujtaba on February 18, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    get rid of Misbah, Imran farhat, malik, AZHAR ALI and Younis should be out of the team ... Naseer hussain is asking the question.... young & new players would have won this series under DYNAMIC AFRIDI .......... PLEASE ZAKA ASHRAF TAKE THESE PLAYERS OUT OF ODI & T20.......PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE YOU OWE TO THE NATION.............KEEP IN TEST TEAM

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    There is no way Pakistan can win with this sort of field set. Even if they had scored 300-320 they still would have lost considering how rubbish the bowlers have performed. They just seem to have forgotten how to take wickets. So far in the series England have made more than 250 at loss of 8 wickets only whereas pak have lost 30 wickets without scoring above 230

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    wasted my whole morning for this one sided match

  • on February 18, 2012, 17:01 GMT

    Good one sided match Haha

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    That proves how fluky Pakistan was to win the test series, courtesy of English wickets given on the plate. Losing 3-0 white-washed in the one days just goes on to expose Pakistan' s club level fast bowling attack and same goes for the batsmen. Misbah as a captain lacks aggression, planning. Absolute rubbish he is the one dayers. Fast bowling has always been pakistan's cricket heritage. Which has now been replaced by spin bowlers. That's pathetic. India and Srilanka will slaughter this weak sub-standard team. About time we got better players and fresh blood in. Umar Gul is way over rated and needs replacing urgently as he has only contributed to losses in big events such as WC semi final against india. Many other examples can be found. They should have stuck with wahab Riaz as he is much better than Umar Gul. Look at the quality difference between England and Pakistan pace attack.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:56 GMT

    Today again U.Gul was the weakest link in Pakistan bowling attack. Infact he opened the flood of runs in his 3rd over, by giving away 15 runs. This team needs a major revamp. Every time you can't expect a her0ic eff0rts fr0m Ajmal and Afridi.

  • jimmy777 on February 18, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    PAKISTAN IS BACK WITH A BANG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • KarachiKid on February 18, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    i think the solution for pakistan is to remove Misbah, Farhat and Akmals from ODI squad. Farhat and Akmals from the test squad as well.

  • imranmujtaba on February 18, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    Poor Pakistan Captaincy and Coaching is damaging ODI (& T20) reputation. don't make sense why test players are playing in top 5 positions ..... not fair with Umar Akmal and Afirdi...... Miasbah & Azhar Ali should NOT BE in ODI and T20 ..... Pakistan will be lucky if win against any good team and Misbah & Moshin has paralysed fast bowlers as they didnt get enough bowling practice in test ....... Pak fast bowlers look worse than Afghanistan.... Please MIsbah QUIT and your approach can work in Test not ODI T20......

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    I AM NOT SURPRISE IF PAKISTAN LOST ALL MATCHES BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT PLAYING WITH NO SENSE, ALL TEST PLAYERS ARE PLAYING ONE DAY HOW CAN WE WIN.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Petersen DROPPED on 45 by Azhar Ali off Cheema. 103 in 17 ovrs. Looks like Cook will get his 3rd succesive ODI hundred after all. Also Petersen on course for his first 50 of the tour.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Time to face reality for Misbah. Bowlers cannot bail you out everytime. Especially if the pace department is hampered by the presence of Gul. Also he cannot protect Imran Farhat for too long, and for heavens sake stop promoting Shoeb Mallik. Now time to save your place in the side. Unless certain basic flaws are fixed the rebuilding process will not take off well. Start looking at WC 2015, get rid of the failed seniors, Y.Khan, Misbah, I.Farhat & U.Gul from the ODI team and work hard towards a new future.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:26 GMT

    ok. 89/0 in 15 overs. One thing is clear, that Pakistan's success in the last one year was riding solely on the form of Hafeez. This year Hafeez's form has dipped a bit and that is directly effecting Pakistan. Misbah's Happy days are over. Infact he would be better off quitting ODI format. If he does not quit, Pak will be better off doing away with him. Sooner the better.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    With the fields spread so deep PAKISTAN can never fight their way back into the game. slippiing away very fast.

  • on February 18, 2012, 16:09 GMT

    pak openning needs to b changed .............

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    I did not like this. After U.Gul got hammered, Misbah removed Cheema also from the attack. Very bad. Not Cheema's fault.

  • rahulcricket007 on February 18, 2012, 15:58 GMT

    WELL , WELL 3-0 WIN FOR ENGLAND IN ODIS & ZAKA ASHRAF WAS SAYING THAT INDIA DIDN'T PLAY CRICKET WITH PAK DUE TO A FEAR OF LOSING . LOL . A YOUNG INDIAN TEAM WITH NO SEHWAG , YUVRAJ , ZAHEER , , SACHIN THRASHED THE SAME ENG TEAM( EXCEPT BROAD & ANDERSON ) ON ALMOST SAME FLAT WKTS BY 5-0 .

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 15:50 GMT

    Oh Yeah. 15 runs from Umar Guls 3rd over. many wides, noballs and free hits resultiing in a 4 and a 6. At this stage U.Gul 3-028-0 and Cheema 2-0-10-0. This lapse has forced Misbah to bring Ajmal early. Now we know that Ajmal does not like the new hard ball. Gul has prepared the perfect reciepie of disaster for Misbah.

  • NALINWIJ on February 18, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    This match shows the weaknesses of Pakistan ODI batting that required a last gasp rescue. When your batting is questionable you need wicket keeper batsmen to prop the batting. Shows an interesting comparison of the Akmal family. Kamran""s batting and the shortness of ODI not stretching his concentration span makes him more suitable for ODI and Adnan more suitable for test. Todays batting suggest increasing maturity of Umar who could become a great player in all forms for Pakistan. IS Pakistan expecting too much from Misbah to lead all forms of cricket which he has done like a modern day ATLAS and how long can it last and should misbah lead tests and Afridi lead ODI in the near future I wonder?

  • mansoorJ on February 18, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Offcourse the debakel was set when Pakistan lost 4 for 50. Top order set the team in sever problems and seemed all team will be out less 100 thnx Umar Akmal n Afridi, After a long long saw secured innings from afridi taking 1 and 2 runs and even blocking. Everyone says pakistan's bating is crucial but i guess itz English bowling who keep the pakistani batsmen let shevering theik knees in the crease. Itz the fear which controls the pakistani batsmen on the wicket and as ever that leads to the loosing the match. Gul played without fear and we see his innings putting 27 runs, even Cheema played some strokes without fear....I dont understand of wot pakistani players are scared....LOOSE THE MATCH BUT WITH CHARACTER and AFTER FIGHTING. Pakistan should fight to defend the target....and they can with concentrated and positive fielding and MISBAH shd go of full ATTACK

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 15:13 GMT

    @ Ahsan Jafry on (Feb 18 2012, 12:48 PM GMT) :- Even if Shafiq was not out, sitll he has shown a lot of immaturity in the situation. He should have been more careful.

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge, I think that you're confusing Test cricket and ODI cricket just has many others have. England have been at least the equal of any other bowling attack in Test cricket for a while but you're deluding yourself if you think that they are as good in ODIs. Anderson, Broad and Bresnan, all so effective is Test cricket, have all struggled in ODIs. England have bowled well this series but Finn is the real hero and is easily England's best at the moment. It will be interesting to see whether England prefer Finn or Bresnan for the third seamer for the next Test series. They probably both deserve it.

  • on February 18, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    Pak gonna win this :) early wickets is the key for Pakistan,Afridi,gul and ajmal are the players to watch :)

  • on February 18, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Open with Hafeez and Afridi but if there is a quick wicket Misbah should steady the innings, if not he can bat more freely. Bat Umar Akmal at number 4 then Asad Shafiq at number 5. The rest of the batting should work itself out with the most inform batsman at number 6 position. Get some real good pacers and you have a winning combination, with Saeed Ajmal as the third spinner, besides Hafeez and Afridi. So after these six who select themselves, add three pacers and a professional wicket keeper which leaves the number six spot to be filled with a solid bat, who that might be? That seems a pertinent question. With three fast bowlers and three spinners, Pakistan should be able to get the opponents within the score they would be able to overhaul with only six regular batsmen really applying themselves.

  • ms.pk_93 on February 18, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @JG2704 i agree with u....just hoping that he plays in the next game...

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    Half time. 222 all out. Target - 223. Now England bowlers have bowled brilliantly without lights, So let us see how Umar Gul responds, this time he gets to bowl under lights. Though Gul batted well in the end. But a special effort 50 by Shahid Afridi, though he floundered it at the wrong time. Had he stayed a little more, he would have got the spinners to fiest upon. Afridi was also well supported by Umar Akmal with a responsible 50. But he also threw it at the wrong time. But for now Pakistan have done well to reach 222. It was least expected after they were 50/4, with most of the recognised batsmen back in the hut.

  • ms.pk_93 on February 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    good try from the tail....just hoping that the PAKISTANI bowlers do a good comeback today.....sad to know that we are missing out Abdul-Rehman but all hopes on Ajmal and Afridi......

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    England should be able to make these runs, whether Cook scores big again or not. The England batting has slowly started to look better so if the rest of the top 6 can make a bit of improvement here then they should be able to knock these off. It's hard to be completely confident though. England bowled pretty well again although it was a pretty poor start by both Anderson and Broad. The total is not too bad from Pakistan considering that they looked like 150 might be a stretch at one point. With England's batting not at its best, they are definitely still in this game.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It seem most of Pakistan's runs have come from genuine edges! That's what happens when bowlers dominate batsmen!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 18, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Finn is single-handedly better than the entire Pakistan team combined! Broad fantastic too, no wonder England's bowling unit has been the best in the world for the last two years!

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Good come back by pakistan

  • on February 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    I think Shafiq was not out...either third Umpire has mistaken or ....

  • Mr.Gibbs on February 18, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is doing wht exactly???? damn this loser!

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Tough on Rehman who was the most economical Pak bowler in the last game and bar Ajmal was the biggest thorn in England's side in the last series. I feel that Pakistan are doing what England did in the test series and (on paper) are strengthening the batting but in reality I feel they are weakening their bowling more.

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    49/3. Good start floundered away. However, one big improvement by Misbah , alteast he got the professional wicket keeper in. Secondly Pak very lucky that today Younis is ill. That fixes two problems. But leaves twio problem. One of them is already exposed, I.FARHAT. gone for 9. The other one will be exposed in the second part of the game, U.GUL. I say this about Gul because in the first two matches we were told that Pak pacers were not getting swing during the day and Eng pacers were getting swing under lights. But now I can see that Eng pacers are getting swing in the day. To me it proves that again Gul will not get swing even under lights. Mr.Misbah get rid of Farhat and Gul also.

  • on February 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    for Pakistan, Umer Akmmal better choice in betting i feel umer made century in this match & i pry for shahid afridi in betting will seen big six's from afridi boom boom.................

  • on February 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    For Pakistan, this is much better selection than in the previous two games. And winning the toss is another plus point for Pakistan, so today i hope Pakistan will give a tough challenge to English team,

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  • on February 18, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    For Pakistan, this is much better selection than in the previous two games. And winning the toss is another plus point for Pakistan, so today i hope Pakistan will give a tough challenge to English team,

  • on February 18, 2012, 11:53 GMT

    for Pakistan, Umer Akmmal better choice in betting i feel umer made century in this match & i pry for shahid afridi in betting will seen big six's from afridi boom boom.................

  • Sports4Youth on February 18, 2012, 11:56 GMT

    49/3. Good start floundered away. However, one big improvement by Misbah , alteast he got the professional wicket keeper in. Secondly Pak very lucky that today Younis is ill. That fixes two problems. But leaves twio problem. One of them is already exposed, I.FARHAT. gone for 9. The other one will be exposed in the second part of the game, U.GUL. I say this about Gul because in the first two matches we were told that Pak pacers were not getting swing during the day and Eng pacers were getting swing under lights. But now I can see that Eng pacers are getting swing in the day. To me it proves that again Gul will not get swing even under lights. Mr.Misbah get rid of Farhat and Gul also.

  • JG2704 on February 18, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    Tough on Rehman who was the most economical Pak bowler in the last game and bar Ajmal was the biggest thorn in England's side in the last series. I feel that Pakistan are doing what England did in the test series and (on paper) are strengthening the batting but in reality I feel they are weakening their bowling more.

  • Mr.Gibbs on February 18, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Asad Shafiq is doing wht exactly???? damn this loser!

  • on February 18, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    I think Shafiq was not out...either third Umpire has mistaken or ....

  • on February 18, 2012, 13:33 GMT

    Good come back by pakistan

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 18, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    Finn is single-handedly better than the entire Pakistan team combined! Broad fantastic too, no wonder England's bowling unit has been the best in the world for the last two years!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on February 18, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    It seem most of Pakistan's runs have come from genuine edges! That's what happens when bowlers dominate batsmen!

  • jmcilhinney on February 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    England should be able to make these runs, whether Cook scores big again or not. The England batting has slowly started to look better so if the rest of the top 6 can make a bit of improvement here then they should be able to knock these off. It's hard to be completely confident though. England bowled pretty well again although it was a pretty poor start by both Anderson and Broad. The total is not too bad from Pakistan considering that they looked like 150 might be a stretch at one point. With England's batting not at its best, they are definitely still in this game.