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Pakistan Whitewash England A Crowning Moment
The Pakistan cricket team has made it – it has achieved a first-ever whitewash against England and with it also the glory which was lost after the much publicized spot-fixing scandal. And with the historic win it has also become the only second team after 105 years to win a Test after being bowled out for only 99 runs in their first innings. Ironically, it was England back in 1907 at Headingley against South Africa who made 76 runs in 36.3 overs for the loss of 10 wickets in their first innings.
The victory has given Pakistan cricket team a much needed boost in order to survive in the international Pakistan Whitewash England A Crowning Momentworld of cricket. With this win Pakistan has impressed many and has outclassed world number one cricket team. Pakistan's spinners have been emphatic throughout the series, with Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman becoming Player of the Match in the 1st and 2nd Test respectively. The former also won the Player of the Series award. Azhar Ali's maiden test century won him the Player of the Match for the 3rd Test.
Before the start of the Test series, the captain of England cricket team, in a statement, said, "England has the best attack in the world that will rattle Pakistan," but all his hopes have gone down the drain with this loss that will remain alive in the memories of Andrew Strauss and the critics who slapped Pakistan with the allegations of spot-fixing a few months back.

Mohsin Khan Revels In 'Dream Come True'
Pakistan interim coach Mohsin Khan described his side's 3-0 whitewash of England as "like a dream come true".
Captain Misbah-ul-Haq Niazi is now unbeaten in seven Test series since taking over the captaincy in 2010.
"It's not a very experienced team, not a world-beater, but it's a very talented team and I have lot of faith in the captain," Mohsin said.
"But we have to perform the same way all over the world – when we play in Australia, South Africa or England."
"In Test cricket you have to be disciplined and then your performances will follow," said skipper Misbah.
"We need to work on our batting and fast bowling but I think this team can go far.
"It was a wonderful performance – I can't put it into words. It really, really means a lot to us.
"After getting bowled out for 99, nobody thought we could come back, but that is what this team has been doing for a year-and-a-half now."
Mohsin also had words of praise for his captain, adding: "Misbah is a very sensible person, cool-minded.
"We sit down together, discuss things, have no ego problems. I feel very comfortable with Misbah."

Pakistan Aim Greater Heights After England Rout
Pakistan's cricket team put its numerous problems behind them through consistent performances as they wiped out the world's best team England 3-0 with captain Misbah-ul-Haq aiming to move on to further heights.
"It's a wonderful win but the most important thing in any sport or life is that whatever you achieve it goes in the past. If you stuck with it you can't move ahead and improve," said Misbah after beating England by 71 runs in the third Test.
"The current players have become the latest pin-up boys of world cricket," said Raja. "It's a dramatic turn-around for Pakistan and hats off to their discipline, consistency and distinction.
"Sky is the limit for them because this wasn't an easy series. Now this win will help this team build in confidence," said Raja, who warned against complacency.
Pakistan Whitewash England A Crowning Moment"I would still call it a work in progress, the beginning of something special," said Raja, now a widely travelled commentator.
"We have got to beat South Africa and Australia on their grounds and I am sure this team can achieve that."
Misbah acknowledges the challenge of playing well on away tours.
Misbah, a veteran at 37, said the current team is a blend of youth and experience.
"Only time will tell what you can achieve or what you can do. We just want to do well and that's what we are aiming for and youngsters are coming up, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Mohammad Hafeez are doing well and seniors are supporting them," said Misbah.
"This England win will send a strong message to the cricket world, and that is that we are a strong and powerful cricketing nation and deserve respect and more international matches," said Misbah.

England under-prepared, says Strauss
Captain Andrew Strauss admitted England had been under-prepared following his side's 3-0 series defeat by Pakistan.
"If it has taught us anything it's that you can't afford to be slightly off in your preparation prior to the first Test," Strauss said.
"The first Test has such a big impact on how the rest of the series pans out."
Reflecting on what England could have done better, Strauss added: "We've got regrets about how we played the spinners and maybe there are some important things we've learnt.
"Pakistan's spinners bowl slightly differently to your usual spinners, they put you under a lot of pressure and it would be a great disservice to them to say we lost the series.
"But clearly you can't get bowled out for 150 every time and expect to win too many Test matches.
"We've got to be better and find a way to score more freely against those types of spinners and that's always the challenge in this part of the world, how to play high quality spinners."
"There will be a little bit of soul-searching to do but I'm a great believer in the adage you don't become a bad side overnight and there's still a huge amount of quality in our side.
"Maybe it's a little bit of an eye-opener, especially with two other sub-continent tours this year. We've got to be a lot better than we were on this tour.

Pakistan Moving Ahead In ICC Test Rankings
Pakistan have narrowed the gap with the top-four sides in the ICC Test rankings after inflicting a humiliating 3-0 a whitewash on world number one England although they remained stationed at number five in the table.
Pakistan had entered the series in fifth position on 99 ratings points and moved to 108 points and within striking distance of the top four for the first time since 2007.
Misbah-ul-Haq's men are now just three ratings points behind India and Australia, and nine ratings points behind number-two ranked South Africa.
England, in contrast, has retained its number-one ranking which it has held since beating India in England last summer.
England have placed their lead in jeopardy before they head to Sri Lanka for a two-Test series starting next month.
Pakistan's 3-0 series win has also kept alive South Africa's chances of finishing as the number-one ranked side at the 1 April annual cut-off date and with it win a prize of $175,000.
For Pakistan, this is its highest rating since it climbed to 108 ratings points in May 2007. It is also the first time Pakistan has beaten England in all the Tests of a series in 22 attempts.
For England, it was its first series loss since 2008-09 when it suffered a 1-0 series defeat to the West Indies while it is the first time since the 2006-2007 Ashes in Australia that England has lost all the Tests of a series.
Pakistan Whitewash England A Crowning MomentPakistan's next Test series is against Sri Lanka in May-June and while it will have to win that series comfortably to retain its rating, it can gain a place or two depending on how the series in England this summer between the two higher-ranked sides in England and South Africa pans out.

England Losing Whitewashes
• 5-0 v Australia 1920-21
• 3-0 v Australia 1979-80
• 5-0 v West Indies 1984
• 5-0 v West Indies 1985-86
• 3-0 v India 1992-93
• 5-0 v Australia 2006-07
• 3-0 v Pakistan 2012

Twitter Tweets
Imran Khan
Pakistan Whitewash England A Crowning MomentOur Cricket Team has made us immensely proud.
Congratulations Pakistan for a spectacular series win against England.

Wasim Akram
Congratulations Team Pakistan! A hard earned & much deserved win by the Pakistani boys.

Saeed Ajmal
I will reveal my "teesra" after the ODI series. Until then it remains a challenge for every1 to identify it.

Hamid Mir
England down. Pakistan white washed worlds No.1 Cricket team in third country with neutral empires. New history made. Weldone Pakistan. Congrts.

Kamran Abbasi
The News of the World saved Pakistan cricket.

Michael Vaughan
The better team won, that's all you can say. Pakistan have been outstanding; they've been a unit, I've been very impressed by their professionalism, their unity in the field. England weren't technically good enough or strong mentally. Pakistan have completely dominated with the ball. That's been the story of the series – ball dominated bat.

Jonathan Agnew
Great to see Pakistan emerge from such crisis to play energetic but also calm and controlled cricket. Most professional I've ever seen them.

Sir Andrew Strauss
Well deserved Pakistan. We found that middle ground between abysmal & laughable, but what doesn't kill you makes you stronger.

Scott Wilson
They would have some team with Amir in it. Terrible loss to cricket but good to see Pak doing well, hope it keeps going well.

A Few Facts...
· This was the first Test since 1907 that a team has bowled out the opposition for fewer than 100 in the first innings – and lost.

· Pietersen, Bell and Eoin Morgan scored an aggregate of just 200 runs in the series at an average of 11.11.

· No England batsman scored a century in a three-Test series for the first time since 1999 when they were the world's bottom-ranked team.

· No specialist England batsman averaged 30 in the three-Test series.

· England averaged 19.06 per wicket in the series – their lowest figure since 1980.

International Series 2012 Schedule

Mon Feb 13
11:00 GMT 15:00 local 1st ODI – England v Pakistan
16:00 PKT Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Wed Feb 15
11:00 GMT 15:00 local 2nd ODI – England v Pakistan
16:00 PKT Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Sat Feb 18
11:00 GMT 15:00 local 3rd ODI – England v Pakistan
16:00 PKT Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Tue Feb 21
11:00 GMT 15:00 local 4th ODI – England v Pakistan
16:00 PKT Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Thu Feb 23
16:00 GMT 20:00 local 1st T20 – England v Pakistan
21:00 PKT Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Sat Feb 25
16:00 GMT 20:00 local 2nd T20 – England v Pakistan
21:00 PKT Dubai International Cricket Stadium

Mon Feb 27
16:00 GMT 20:00 local 3rd T20 – England v Pakistan
21:00 PKT Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi


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