England became the first visiting team to whitewash Pakistan when they won the Third Test

England became the first visiting team in Test history to whitewash Pakistan in their own circumstances, completing an eight-wicket haul in Karachi to seal a memorable 3–0 victory.

The result means England have won nine of their last 10 Tests under Ben Stokes – a 180-degree turn after they have won just one of their last 17 Tests under Joe Root.

Resuming on the morning of the fourth on 112 for two in pursuit of 167, they needed just 38 minutes to finish winning, with two Bens – Duckett and Stokes – providing the finishing touches.

Ben Stokes and the newly promoted England side completed the series 3-0 over Pakistan

Stokes and Ben Duckett completed the task in less than forty minutes to win the Third Test

Stokes and Ben Duckett completed the task in less than forty minutes to win the Third Test

Duckett ended an impressive run with an impressive 82 off just 78 balls, while Stokes – who survived a tough chance to knock Abrar Ahmed on 22 – was unbeaten on 35.

The winning contests came when Dokett slapped handsome Mohammed through the covers, immediately accepting his captain’s embrace.

England made history here, and they don’t know it.

The last time Pakistan lost more than one Test in a home series was against India, who defeated them 2-1 in 2003-04. England previously won just two of their 24 Tests in this country – and have now won more Tests in Pakistan (five) than they have lost (four).

Their nine Test victories in 2022 is also the second-highest tally for England, behind 11 in 2004. England also won nine Tests in 2010, though it’s 14 matches to the 16 they’ve played this year.

No matter how you crunch the numbers, their latest win – after beating New Zealand and South Africa in the summer, and tying their series with India with victory in the postponed Fifth Test at Edgbaston – may be their best yet.

A jubilant Stokes shook hands with the Pakistani umpires and players before leaving

A jubilant Stokes shook hands with the Pakistani umpires and players before leaving

England arrived in Pakistan amidst warnings that their style would not transfer easily to the home courts. The concern cannot be misplaced.

On the first day in Rawalpindi – with the dressing room still in the grip of a match-threatening virus – they scored 506 for four, with four singles captains.

After that, they hardly looked back. Stokes’ declaration on the fourth day in that match, in which Pakistan scored an alluring 343 in four sessions, proved to be a master stroke, and the fast bowlers – led by Jimmy Anderson and Ollie Robinson – were superb on the final day.

The pace cars, now complemented by the unyielding Mark Wood, were leading in the dramatic 26-run win in Multan, before the English spinners took over in Karachi, with 18-year-old Rehan Ahmed making his five-year-old debut. For leg breakers and googlies.

Duckett was outstanding and ended an impressive run by scoring 82 off just 78 balls

Duckett was outstanding and ended an impressive run by scoring 82 off just 78 balls

Every time England got into a tight spot, someone answered the call. Few, though, have answered that more emphatically than Harry Brooke, the 23-year-old Yorkshire batsman playing his first Test series.

153 and 87 followed in Rawalpindi (from a total of 181 balls) with 108 in Multan and 111 in Karachi.

Pakistan’s bowling was a mixed bag, especially in the First Test, as they created to dismiss off-spinner Abrar Ahmed, but that doesn’t take away anything from Brook’s early brilliance.

Others rose to the occasion, too. Duckett, playing his first Test for six years, was the best foil for Zak Crawley, who got the whole show on the road by striking out 14 in the first overs of the series.

England posed for a victory picture and that picture will go down when one of their greatest Test series wins

England posed for a victory shot and this one would go down as one of their greatest series wins

Ollie Pope also went above and beyond the call of duty, keeping wicket in the first two Tests, and – like Duckett – attacked consistently with his crosses and reverse sweeps.

Last March, Australia came to Pakistan and won 1-0, a crushing victory that sparked talk that England needed to prepare for the 15-day series.

Stokes was having none of it, and set about applying the logic that had worked in the summer to a new environment.

He was outstanding here, ensuring that England’s first Test series in Pakistan for 17 years would be remembered not just for the result, but for the manner in which it was achieved.

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