Pakistan beat England in 3rd Test and complete whitewash

England were the favourites to beat Pakistan in the three-match series played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, although Andrew Strauss’ team were roundly beaten on each occasion and there are several questions that now need to be answered

It appeared that England were in the driving seat when it came to landing a consolation victory, skittling out the hosts for less than 100 runs, although they were unable to capitalise and it has been a grim start to 2012 for the number one Test team in the world.

Andrew Strauss pulled no punches when it came to this surprise failure, with no England player able to score more than 49 runs in the 2nd Innings.

“I think I am a little bit surprised that we didn’t get bigger scores on the board over the the Test matches,” Strauss said on Sky Sports 1.

“There was a consistent failure on our part.

“You don’t become a great side overnight and you don’t become a bad side overnight, but there are lessons we need to learn.

“We played better in the third Test than at the start of the first but that’s too little too late.”

Meanwhile, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was thrilled by the performance of his team, stating: “I think it was a wonderful performance by the team,” he said. “I can’t explain this in words. This victory really means a lot to us.

“After getting out for 99, I think nobody thought we could come back in this game.

“But Pakistan are really doing well under pressure. and that’s really incredible for this team.”

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