Beating Pakistan on home turf is ‘massive’, says England skipper Ben Stokes | Cricket News

MULTAN: Skipper Ben Stokes hailed England’s Test series win in Pakistan on Monday as “massive”, as the team’s aggressive new approach continues to pay off.
England beat Pakistan by 26 points in the second Test – following their 74-point win in the first meeting in Rawalpindi – to wrap up the series even before this week’s final game in Karachi.
Both games went down thanks to an aggressive hit dubbed “Bazball,” after new coach Brendon “Baz” McCullum’s nickname who has transformed the team since taking charge in May.

The win gives England their eighth win in nine Tests since McCullum and Stokes took charge.
It is also England’s third series win in Pakistan, although they have not toured there for 17 years for security reasons.
“Not for a minute are we going to think it’s just another Test series win,” said Stokes, who now has three wins in as many series as captain.
“Beating Pakistan in Pakistan is huge. We know what we’ve achieved, we know it’s something very special in English cricket to come here and win.”
Stokes said it was “a very special time to be an English cricketer”, but the team needed to keep their feet on the ground.
“One thing we do is stay in the moment,” he said.
Pakistani captain Babar Azamon the other hand, regretted the repeated errors made during the first two tests.
“We are making the same mistakes and not being able to finish games,” said Azam, who has now lost back-to-back home series after being beaten by Australia earlier this year.
Azam lamented the batting slumps evident in both innings.
Still, he praised spinner Abrar Ahmed who grabbed 11 wickets in his first Test.
“Ahmed used the conditions well and it was a good start for him,” he said.
The final test begins in Karachi on Saturday.


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