Beating Pakistan at home is ‘huge’, says England captain Ben Stokes Cricket News


Multan: Captain Ben Stokes England’s Test series win in Pakistan on Monday was hailed as “massive” as the team’s fresh-faced aggressive approach continues to pay dividends.
England beat Pakistan by 26 runs in the second Test – following a 74-run victory in the first in Rawalpindi – to wrap up the series ahead of this week’s final in Karachi.
Both games came on the back of an offensive batting line-up dubbed “Bazball” after the nickname of new coach Brendon “Baz” McCullum, who has transformed the team since taking over in May.

The win gives England their eighth win in nine Tests since McCullum and Stokes took charge.
It was also England’s third series win in Pakistan, although they have not toured there in 17 years due to security fears.
Stokes said, “Not for a minute will we think that this is just another Test series win.”
“To beat Pakistan in Pakistan is huge. We know what we’ve achieved, we know to come here and win is a very special thing in English cricket.”
Stokes said it was “a very special time to be an England cricketer” but the team needed to keep their feet on the ground.
“One thing we do is live in the moment,” he said.
pakistan captain Babar AzamIn contrast, bemoaned the repeated errors in the first two Tests.
“We are making the same mistakes and not finishing matches,” said Azam, who has now lost two consecutive home series after losing to Australia earlier this year.
Azam condemned the batting collapse in both the innings.
Nevertheless, he praised spinner Abrar Ahmed, who took 11 wickets on his Test debut.
“Ahmed made good use of the conditions and it was a good start for him,” he added.
The final Test starts in Karachi from Saturday.


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