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An Australian considers the recent England series against Pakistan

8th February 2012 17:38, in Cricket News

England could not avoid a humiliating 3-nil whitewash by a rejuvenated Pakistan in the UAE, despite the best efforts of GM’s Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott, who bagged 13 wickets and scored 161 runs respectively.

England could not avoid a humiliating 3-nil whitewash by a rejuvenated Pakistan in the UAE, despite the best efforts of GM’s Graeme Swann and Jonathan Trott, who bagged 13 wickets and scored 161 runs respectively.

On turning and zipping pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, Swann and Trott were able to finish the series with respectability, despite the fact that England were outplayed and outclassed in each of the 3 Test’s.

Swann, playing in his first full series with his new GM Epic bat, chipped in with some very handy runs towards the back-end of the England innings, most notably his 39 in the First Test. Trott, meanwhile, was England’s leading run-scorer for the series and played the spinning ball as surely as anyone and still appears to have the technique to prosper at this level.

It was one of the strangest of Test series as both teams struggled to build partnerships and pile on the runs. The oddity of the series culminated in the final Test as Pakistan became the first side in history to win after scoring less than 100 runs in their first innings.

The series closure will offer Coach Andy Flower and his selection panel with some time to re-access the squad ahead of the limited over’s series that begins in a week’s time.

Ravi Bopara, Samit Patel and Alex Hales have all been included in England’s ODI and T20 squads. Gunn & Moore would like to wish these players, as well as Graeme and Jonathan the best of luck.

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