England’s national team completes its historic victory over Pakistan, 3-0

Ben Stokes and Ben Duquette shared an unbroken stand of 73
Third Test, Karachi (Day 4 of 5)
304 (Babar 78) f 216 (Ahmed 5-48)
354 (Brook 111, Fox 64) and 170-2 (Docket 82*)
England won by eight wickets

England completed a historic 3-0 clean sweep of Pakistan inside 40 minutes on the fourth day of the Final Test in Karachi.

Needing 55 more, England took just 11.1 runs to reach their target of 167.

Ben Duckett finished on 82 not out, while Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 35, two left-handers sharing an unbroken partnership of 73.

England, on their first Test tour of Pakistan in 17 years, became the first visiting team to win three matches in a series in that country.

It also caps the year in which England underwent a remarkable turnaround under captain Stokes and coach Brendon McCollum – it was their ninth win in 10 matches since the pair took charge.

Attention will now turn to next summer, when England will try to win back the Ashes from Australia.

Stokes’ side play in two Tests against New Zealand in February, then complete their Ashes preparation with a one-off match against Ireland in June. The white ball team has limited tours of South Africa and Bangladesh in the early part of next year.

History of the Stokes Boys

Ben Stokes
Stokes took over as captain following the resignation of Joe Root in April

Prior to this tour, England had only managed two Test wins over Pakistan in 30 tries over a period of 61 years. They have now won three in three weeks.

Not only that, they secured their first victory over Pakistan outside the UK for 22 years and ended a streak of three consecutive away defeats dating back to the start of 2021.

This is also only the fourth time that England have made a clean sweep in a series of three or more Tests.

What makes the achievement all the more remarkable – this is one of England’s greatest ever victories – is the turmoil they were in at the start of the year.

When England were beaten in Hobart at the end of a modest Ashes, then thrashed in Grenada to falter to a series of defeats by the West Indies, the idea of ​​them winning six of seven home tests and then winning 3-0 in Pakistan was a fantasy.

However, under the inspiring leadership of Stokes and McCollum, England became one of the most formidable Test teams in the world.

Their form has come too late to reach the final of the World Test Championship next year but the clash with Australia is shaping up to be one of the most eagerly anticipated Ashes series for some time.

Stamped survey in historical tour

This series will live long in the memory, not only for England’s historic return to Pakistan or the surprising result, but for the thrilling cricket that was played.

England’s victory on level ground in Rawalpindi, when they amassed 506-4 on the first day, then knocked out Pakistan in the dying moments of the fifth day, was one of their biggest ever victories. They almost matched the drama by winning by 26 runs in the Second Test in Multan.

This Third Test was a new challenge – England had lost the toss on a pitch more suitable for spin bowling, conditions which have often been the cause of their slump in the past.

However, they achieved their biggest win in a notable match with the debut of 18-year-old Rehan Ahmed. Youngest man to play a Test for Englandwho took 5-48 in Pakistan’s second innings.

Prior to that, England had been put into a strong position by Harry Brook in his third century of the series – giving the 23-year-old a difficult decision to make when Jonny Bairstow came back from a broken leg.

Across the tour Ollie Robinson has confirmed his status as one of the best bowlers in the world – and this is England’s first Test wins without James Anderson or Stuart Broad since June 2007, 15 years and 197 matches earlier.

It was also a successful return to Test cricket for opener Duckett, who was called up after six years out of the side.

While Duckett led the frantic charge for England to complete the chase in a fading light on Monday evening, Tuesday morning was a more measured one, even if his sweep-scoring rate was still five runs higher.

Stokes, who equaled McCullum on 107 sixes – the most in Test cricket – tried everything he could to break the record for an England coach.

It was Duckett who took the win, meaning Stokes’ next chance for a maximum record would come in New Zealand – the country of his birth and McCollum’s home country.

‘England changing cricket’ reaction

England captain Ben Stokes: “It was perfect. We have a process of how to play but the challenge for us in this series has been the surfaces. But we stuck to our game plan and adapted really well, be it with the bat or the ball.

“It all comes down to faith. My faith is taking men out into the field with me.”

England opener Ben Duckett spoke to Sky Sports: “It was fitting that Ben Stokes was there. I know he wanted to score six goals to win and get past Buzz [McCullum]. He wanted it bad.”

Alex Hartley, former England player, in a special test match: “Other teams are going to have to take that – be more aggressive and brutal. And Stokes and McCollum have shown that it works.

“This England team is changing the game of cricket. They are playing every ball and hitting it in the gaps.”

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