“We were not up to the mark. After [England scored] 600 we had the plan to try and get above their score. In the second innings we had a golden chance to win this Test, but session by session we lost wickets. Our bowling was young and Haris Rauf was injured so that cost us. But all credit to our bowlers. It was difficult, they were scoring at 6-7 an over, we wanted to stick to our plans but credit to them [England]. We expected that they would declare and we planned according to the situation. We had our opportunity but we couldn’t get partnerships in the end. We have a lot of positives, our batting line-up performed very well and the bowling as well, so we will try to continue that in the next match.”
“There’s a few things you can plan for, what happened to the squad a few days before the match you can’t plan for. A few days ago we were running around trying to start on time. So credit to the group for coming here, turning up under the weather, Will Jacks getting the nod at the last minute, and Popey having to take the gloves. What we’ve had to deal with coming in makes this win even better. We’ve played eight or nine Test matches with me and Brendon in charge and we try to focus on ourselves, take the positive option, and not second guess ourselves with what the opposition might do. We have an exciting team and it was a great pitch to bat on, so a chance for us to go and express ourselves. For the lads to run in all day as they did today, it’s great as a captain to see that enthusiasm.
I don’t think I’ve seen a group that wants to put their bodies on the line so much. A really special group. We wanted to come here and carry on with our mantra of exciting cricket and giving ourselves an opportunity to win. We’ve no interest in drawing. On pitches like this, you have to make things happen and make some bold decisions. We had to entice the batters to play a shot at times. Went with the seamers, and that paid off – James Anderson was fantastic today. At lunch, we were in a perfect position, said to the lads this is why we declared. Probably had about eight minutes before we come off. I think it’s maybe up there with one of England’s greatest away wins. The toil everyone has put in is hitting everyone, Anderson is emotional up there. We’ve done something very special this week.”
Player of the Match is Ollie Robinson:
Well, okay, batters did score runs for fun. “The pitch wasn’t that favorable for the seamers but we managed to get the ball going and toiled way. We left nothing behind. We had to be patient at times, knew if we got fresh batters in against the reversing ball we could go bang-bang. The batters gave us that opportunity, scoring the runs as quickly as they did. Think so, coming here and playing on this wicket, the best Test I’ve been involved in.”
Pakistan vs England Highlights today. 1st Test, Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, Monday 5-12-2022, England tour of Pakistan 2022.
England have won the toss and will bat first!
Pakistan team: Abdullah Shafique, Imam Ul Haq, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Ali, Zahid, Mahmood.
England team: Zak Crawley, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope (wk), Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (capt), Babar Azam: Will Jacks, Liam Livingstone, Ollie Robinson, Jack Leach, James Anderson.
Head to Head In Test’s: 86
Pakistan Won: 21
England Won: 26
Pakistan Test Rankings: 6th
England Test Rankings: 4th
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
Match Timings: 5:00 AM GMT | 10:00 AM Local
Umpires – Ahsan Raza, Joel Wilson
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Asif Yaqoob
Match number – Test no. 2478