England v Pakistan Aug 25, 2016 14:27:54 GMT
Post by irishrover on Aug 25, 2016 14:27:54 GMT
It's a real shame that it wasn't a 5 Test series. I'd have happily exchanged one of the uncompetitive Sri Lankan Tests for an extra one v Pakistan.
On balance though a 2-2 result was about right. For all that there seemed to be an assumption about England being the better team I'm actually not all that convinced we are. I think we have more bowling depth than Pakistan do but our batting didn't really look any better and they showed impressive reserves of fight to come back and hammer us following the Edgbaston dissapointment. An awful lot of sides would have folded at that point. A well matched series between 2 interesting but quite flawed sides is how I would have interpreted that.
Pleased for Pakistan that they have mnanaged to rise to number 1 in the world - given the current lack of a standout side I feel they deserve it simply for the amount of graft and the commitment of their players given what they are up again. Misbah made a very good point that people talk about the home advantage loss not being that bad because the conditions are just as favourable in UAE but they miss that it means Pakistan's international cricketers have to spend 10-11 months away from home so it requires a certain mental toughness. I am pretty convinced that India are going to batter us in the winter to reclaim that number 1 spot though.