Ben Stokes has hailed the 74-run victory over Pakistan in Rawalpindi as one of many “best” in English Take a look at historical past.
On a flat pitch, England bowled the hosts out on the ultimate day after Jack Leach took the final wicket close to the tip of play.
It was solely England’s third Take a look at win in Pakistan, and Stokes praised his aspect, who had been hit with sickness on the eve of the primary day.
“We needed to return right here and keep on with our mantra. I’ve bought little interest in taking part in for the attracts, and we strive to take a look at the optimistic possibility.
“It’s a must to make issues occur on a wicket like this and make some daring selections. James Anderson and Ollie Robinson had been incredible at present.
“On the lunch break, it was precisely the place we needed to be and located ourselves within the excellent place. I believe it is up there with one among England’s best away Take a look at match wins.”
‘Excessive class’ Anderson and Robinson lead England to victory
Stokes vowed to proceed taking part in thrilling cricket, and an early declaration at tea on day 4 set the match up for an thrilling finale.
With Pakistan needing 343 runs to win, England had dangled the carrot sufficient for either side to be in competition to win.
With England taking six wickets earlier than the ultimate session, the sport appeared finely poised and Pakistan may need thought they had been in with an opportunity to win the match.
However after Stokes gave his aspect one final pep discuss on the tea break, early wickets from Ollie Robinson and James Anderson after break swung the pendulum their approach and Pakistan’s tail-enders did not do sufficient to carry on for a draw.
“There was no second guessing us on that (the declaration), we wish individuals watching Take a look at match cricket. You simply have to consider methods to maintain going and get individuals watching.
“Reverse swing is loads more durable to play than standard swing, and it was an unplanned tactic. As quickly because it bought reversing it was an enormous event for me, Jimmy and Robbo. The spells Jimmy and Robbo bowled had been high-class. Jimmy working in on the tender age of 40+ is superb to see.”
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Brook is a ‘blessing’ for England
On day one, England had 4 centurions as they placed on a mammoth, record-breaking first innings rating of 657.
Amongst those that reached 100 runs was Harry Brook, who scored 153 within the first innings and 87 from 65 balls within the second to assist England elevate themselves right into a profitable place.
Stokes described Brooks as “unimaginable” and was happy with the way in which his workforce tailored after the sickness that swept by means of the squad within the days earlier than the Take a look at.
“I do not suppose too many gamers of their second match have proven the power that Harry has confirmed there,” mentioned Stokes.
“He’s one for the long run. He has all the pieces throughout all codecs. To have him are available at quantity 5 was a blessing for us and English cricket. The liberty and the way in which he expressed his expertise was unimaginable.
“With the sickness that ran by means of the camp and the one change we needed to make by means of Foakes being in poor health, Will Jacks having to return in to make his debut and getting a six-fer and Pope batting at three and donning the gloves for a very long time.
“Everybody has been unimaginable this week, everybody performs for one another and nobody leaves something on the sector. That is the sort of angle and mentality that we want out right here.
“There are some things that we are able to plan for, however among the issues you’ll be able to’t, which is clearly what occurred to the squad earlier than the Take a look at match. I’ve bought to provide the gamers lots of credit score for turning up below the climate.
“Some key particular person performances, like Jacks and Pope. I believe what we needed to cope with coming into this match makes it even higher.
“Now we have bought some damaged our bodies after that. It is superb to see the quantity of enthusiasm and coronary heart the lads confirmed.”
The second Take a look at takes place in Multan from Friday (build-up begins at 4.30am on Sky Sports activities Cricket and Sky Sports activities Major Occasion forward of the primary ball at 5am) with Pakistan seeking to stage up the sequence forward of the ultimate fixture in Karachi from December 17, which can be stay on Sky Sports activities.