Pakistan team showed to the world the mettle it was made of when it wrapped up a test series with records laden 3-0 victory against the world’s top ranked test team England. Winning all three matches in a row is the consistency that has effectively highlighted our superiority over England.

The last test match, won by 71 runs, was a continuation of the previous face-offs. The English batsmen remained ill at ease while facing the Pakistani spinners. Saeed Ajmal again rampaged through the English batting line-up as he took seven wickets. With a total of 24 wickets under his belt, he truly deserved the man of the series award. Skipper Andrew Strauss has confessed that his team’s weak point was that it could not play the spinners. The same pitch that proved sticky for the English batsmen, could pose no serious challenge to our batsmen. With a variety of strokes, Younis Khan proved to be a positive influence on other batsmen. The best of the English spinners like Monty Panesar could do no serious damage. Indeed test cricket is a true test of the cricketing skills of a player which include strategy and mental toughness. And most important of all, it includes consistent bowlers and batsmen. Captain Misbahul Haq deserves a pat on the back for maintaining his cool during crucial moments and motivating the team members to give their best. Unlike the past, when players were driven by personal honour and sometimes even arrogance, there was a remarkable bond of camaraderie and team spirit which culminated in a fantastic performance. However, one flaw that was witnessed during the series was sloppy fielding. Since dropped catches, frequent fumbles and laziness on the field only reveal the lack of athletic prowess of the players the team ought to work on that preferably with a fielding specialist. This is something that comes handy in ODIs and Twenty20, when a single fumble can make all the difference.

The nation is in a state of euphoria given the sensational victory. The distribution of sweet on malls and streets around the country was a welcome sigh of relief. This unbelievably consistent show also proves that match fixing has become a thing of the past. It is now expected that with the huge confidence booster and the psychological edge we have over England, we would maintain our form in the upcoming one-day series starting from next week.