ABU DHABI  - England coach Andy Flower said Sunday Pakistan's series-clinching Test win would be a huge boost to the country, but called on his team to show their mettle on subsequent matches in the subcontinent. Pakistan thumped England by 72 runs in the second Test here on Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They won the first Test by ten wickets in Dubai.

The third and final Test begins in Dubai from February 3. Under Flower England had been unbeaten in their last nine Test series, which saw them rise to number one in rankings last year. But after being set a tricky 145-run target to win on Saturday, England were dismissed for a paltry 72 runs as Pakistan's spin bowlers came to the fore.

"We realise that we haven't been very skilful in dealing with that type of cricket. In saying that, it’s also right to praise the Pakistan team for what they have done. They beat us fair and square," said Flower. "They have beaten us properly in two matches. They have fought hard and worked hard at their game and in a way I’m very happy for them. It’s good for their cricket and it's good for their country." Flower, a former Zimbabwean batsman, said defeats were a 'wake-up' call for England. "It was a wake-up call no one wanted to get. Not to that degree. But, yes it is," said Flower. "Yesterday (Saturday) was very poor. The three days preceding that were pretty good. We put ourselves in a good position where we could have won the Test but then performed very badly with the bat to lose it.

"We didn’t put any pressure on their bowlers in the second innings. We allowed them to bowl and create pressure. In saying that, the conditions to play against quality spinners were difficult and we weren’t good enough." Flower said dropping a few catches in the first innings was crucial. "Maybe we dropped a couple of important catches, but other than that the bowlers and fielders were outstanding and Monty Panesar was great. But obviously our batting against spin let us down." England dropped Misbah-ul Haq on 30, who went on to make 84. Panesar, playing his first Test since the Cardiff Test in 2009 Ashes, took 6-62 to bowl Pakistan out for 214 in the second innings. Flower admitted that not playing well in the subcontinent was a big challenge to overcome. "This is a great challenge for all of us. The issues are not going to disappear. We've got another Test. We've got a one-day and T20 series, and then we've also got Sri Lanka and India before the year is out. So these issues will not disappear and we've got to face them with skill and a bit of courage. We've got to be a lot better than we were yesterday. Each individual will have to work very hard in working out his method of scoring."

When asked if batsmen repeating mistakes was frustrating, Flower said: "I think that is fair comment, yes. We expect to learn quickly and that is a big part of our job, and my job."

England should stick by ‘embarrassed’ players: Vaughan

LONDON (Reuters) - England should not change their team despite being "embarrassed" by Pakistan in the first two tests, according to former captain Michael Vaughan.

"Personally, I would not change the team," Vaughan told the Sunday Telegraph. "We have seen two embarrassing failures. Give them one more chance knowing a Sri Lanka tour, played on similar positions, is next on the calendar. Dubai is one chance for these players to show they are good enough to get on the plane to Sri Lanka."

Vaughan pointed the finger at England's batsmen, who have failed miserably to cope with Pakistan's spin bowlers Saeed Ajmal, Abdur Rahman and M Hafeez. "England have been embarrassed on this tour with the bat and you can point the finger at this team and say they don't play cricket in the subcontinent at all well," Vaughan said.

"That is difficult to take as a team which believes it is the best but even top sides lose when they only have two batsmen in the top six playing with authority. Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott are the only batsmen who look comfortable but they are not the kind of guys to dominate the game. They occupy the crease. The rest of the top six are struggling for technique, judgement, scoring options and, biggest of all, confidence."

Vaughan said the likes of Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen needed to show strength of character before the third test starts in Dubai but dismissed suggestions that captain Andrew Strauss was not justifying his place in the side.

"They can start by not hiding anymore and admitting they have a problem batting in the sub-continent on low, slow wickets," Vaughan said. "Pietersen's technique against left-arm spinners is shot... Ian Bell is totally bamboozled by Saeed Ajmal.

"Andrew Strauss, is in a horrible position and that is a worry. He is such a good leader and a very strong man but now the team have started losing people have begun to look at his form and his average over the last year and a half. He needs a score for his peace of mind. When you are still not scoring runs and the team are losing, your confidence goes. He needs runs for his own good.

"Forget about end of career predictions. That is rubbish. He needs runs for his own well-being to give himself energy because you soon feel drained as a captain when you are not playing well and the team is losing. The job exhausts you. Strauss still has energy, he just needs runs to bring back the feel good factor."