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Brilliant Pakistan crush England
Pak wins series 2-0

Pakistan bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Danish Kaneria struck their best form as England collapsed to defeat by an innings and 100 runs in Lahore. The tourists slumped from 201-2 at lunch to 248 all out 70 minutes after the interval to lose the three-match Test series by a 2-0 margin. Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood put on 175 for the third wicket but their good work was wasted by their team-mates. Paceman Akhtar took 5-71, with leg-spinner Kaneria claiming 4-52. At lunch, it seemed Pakistan's victory hopes were dwindling. Mohammad Yousuf, who hit a sparkling 223, was man of the match. India Cricket Live

Defiant England hang on for draw

England survived a nightmarish batting collapse to secure a draw with Pakistan in the second Test in Faisalabad.
Ashley Giles and Geraint Jones shared an obdurate stand of 30 for the seventh wicket until bad light ended the day. Chasing a notional 285 to win, England were 20-4 at one point before Kevin Pietersen (42) and Andrew Flintoff (56) put on 80 for the fifth wicket. Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq had hit his second century of the match before declaring on 268-9. The result leaves England 1-0 down with the final Test in Lahore next week, ending a run of six series victories stretching back to 2003. India Cricket Live

Pakistan win as England collapse

Pakistan bowled England out for 175 after lunch on the final day to win the first Test in Multan by 22 runs.
Leg-spinner Danish Kaneria finished with 4-62, while Shoaib Akhtar took 3-49 and Mohammad Sami 2-31.
Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell added 40 to the overnight 24-1 but after they were caught off Kaneria the tourists folded.
Only Geraint Jones (33) provided any real resistance as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series, which continues in Faisalabad on Sunday.
Pakistan's Salman Butt, who scored 196 runs in the Test, was named Man of the Match.

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Shabbir banned for illegal action

Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed has become the first bowler to receive a 12-month ban from bowling in international cricket because of an illegal action. But off-spinner Shoaib Malik has been cleared to continue, as he no longer uses his "doosra" leg-break ball. Shabbir was reported for the second time during the first Test against England in Multan in November Under ICC regulations, a bowler can straighten his elbow by up to 15 degrees at the time of delivery. Elliott's assessment of Shabbir was based on examination of TV footage from the Multan Test in comparison with a laboratory assessment he underwent in September 2005. India Cricket Live

England beaten again in Pakistan

England's poor run continued when they lost by one wicket to Pakistan A in their only warm-up game ahead of five one-day matches against Pakistan. Matthew Prior (72) and Paul Collingwood (75) helped an experimental tourists' line-up make 236-7 off 45 overs. But despite James Anderson's 4-46, they were overhauled off the penultimate ball, with Bazid Khan unbeaten on 90. After a 2-0 Test series defeat, England will want to restore pride in the first one-dayer in Lahore on Saturday.
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Solanki eager for Shoaib showdown

England's Vikram Solanki is relishing the prospect of facing Shoaib Akhtar in the one-day series in Pakistan. They were team-mates at Worcestershire last summer and Solanki said: "Shoaib is a very interesting character - quite a unique type of guy. "Changing from 90 miles an hour to slower deliveries was quite impressive. He has exceptional talent." Pace bowler Shoaib was the star of Pakistan's 2-0 Test series victory, taking 17 wickets in the three games. But his stint with Worcestershire was far less successful and he came in for criticism from club chairman John Elliott. Michael Vaughan's withdrawal from the England one-day squad has given Solanki an excellent chance of adding to his 41 one-day caps. He made an unbeaten 53 against Australia at The Oval in his last appearance, but did so batting at number eight. And he is hoping for a return to the upper order in Pakistan as he looks to improve an England average of 27. India Cricket Live

Vaughan will miss one-day series

England captain Michael Vaughan will miss the one-day series in Pakistan to undergo exploratory knee surgery. Vaughan, who missed the first Test and struggled through the last two games, saw a specialist on Monday. Marcus Trescothick will captain the side, with Ian Bell staying on for the series, which begins on Saturday. Vaughan will undergo the keyhole procedure at Sheffield's independent Thornbury Hospital on Friday. It will be performed by top knee surgeon Derek Bickerstaff, who operated on him in 2001 and 2002. Trescothick has captained England five times in limited-overs games in the past, winning three. Bell has played in eight one-day internationals, with a top score of 75 on debut against Zimbabwe in Harare a year ago. He is likely to have to battle with Vikram Solanki for Vaughan's place in the line-up. Vaughan expressed his disappointment at not being able to play the five-match series in Pakistan. India Cricket Live

Vaughan's tour 'in the balance'

England are fearing there could be bad news regarding Michael Vaughan's availability for the one-day series. The England captain was seeing a knee specialist on Monday and David Graveney admitted his return to Pakistan was "very much in the balance". The head of selectors told the BBC's Today programme: "Without doubt he's had problems with this knee before. Vaughan left the England tour party after Saturday's defeat in the final Test and was hoping to attend the birth of his second child. He missed the first Test of the Pakistan tour after aggravating the long-standing knee injury and will see the specialist in London to ascertain how bad the problem is. England's most in-form batsman, Ian Bell, is on stand-by to replace Vaughan in the one-day squad if required. The first one-day international is in Lahore on Saturday.
England's one-day squad: Michael Vaughan or Ian Bell, James Anderson, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Geraint Jones, Kevin Pietersen, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Marcus Trescothick, Shaun Udal, Kabir Ali, Ian Blackwell. India Cricket Live

Razzaq fit for ODI series return

Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq has recovered from injury to earn a place in the squad for the first two matches of the one-day series with England. Razzaq has recovered from the elbow problem that saw him miss the Tests. He will lead a Pakistan XI in a practice game against the tourists on 7 December, prior to a five-match series. Yasir Hameed is recalled, Yasir Arafat replaces the banned Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan is back after missing the final Test after his brother's death. Arafat, who has played the last few season with the Scottish Saltires, captured nine wickets in a warm-up game at the start of England's tour in Rawalpindi. The first one-day international takes place in Lahore on 10 December.
Pakistan squad for the first two one-day internationals against England: Inzamam-ul-Haq (Captain), Younis Khan, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Yousuf, Abdul Razzaq, Kamran Akmal (Wicket Keeper), Arshad Khan, Yasir Arafat, Rana Naveed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mohammad Asif, Yasir Hameed, Mohammad Sami, Danish Kaneria. India Cricket Live

Giles struggling for Lahore Test

England spinner Ashley Giles could miss the final Test match against Pakistan because of a hip problem. He said it was "touch and go" whether he would be fit enough to play in Lahore on Tuesday. England captain Michael Vaughan added: "We want to be sure that if we decide to play with one spinner then Giles is feeling good about himself." Giles will fly home after the Test series for surgery on his hip. England have to win to square the series. England are already having to shuffle their team because of Andrew Strauss' absence with Vaughan opting to open with Marcus Trescothick. Paul Collingwood is set to return and England were expected to drop second spinner Shaun Udal in favour of swing bowler James Anderson. India Cricket Live

Vaughan to open against Pakistan

England captain Michael Vaughan has confirmed he will open the batting in the third Test against Pakistan, with Paul Collingwood recalled. Vaughan is promoted in the order after Andrew Strauss flew home to attend the birth of his first child. Vaughan has opened the batting in 31 of his 63 Tests, and has a better batting average when opening (49.70) than overall (43.08). Collingwood will be looking to make the most of a second chance on this trip, having been dropped following a disappointing first Test. The Lahore pitch is currently damp and conditions overcast but England have not yet decided whether to swap a spin bowler for a seamer. Meanwhile, Vaughan said his knee injury could rule him out of the five-match one-day series that follows the Tests. He flies home on Saturday for the birth of his second child and will consult his surgeon, Dr Derek Bickerstaff, on the problem, which saw him miss the first Test. India Cricket Live

Younis to miss last England Test

Pakistan vice-captain Younis Khan has pulled out of the third Test against England after the death of his brother. Pakistan are preparing for the final match of the series, which they lead 1-0, beginning in Lahore on Tuesday. The batsman has been below his best so far in the series, with 121 runs from four innings and a best of 48 in the opening match in Multan. But he has been one of Pakistan's most consistent batsman in their last five series, scoring three hundreds in his last six Tests. Pakistan's problems are compounded as all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been banned for scuffing the pitch in Faisalabad. Inzamam said Pakistan were considering calling up another batsman, with Yasir Hameed and uncapped Rifatullah Momand both in contention. But the Pakistan squad already includes two middle-order batsmen, Asim Kamal and Hasan Raza, who did not play in the second Test in Faisalabad. Meanwhile, Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq says he could have played in the third Test against England as a batsman but backed out on medical advice. Razzaq is confident he will recover from an elbow injury for the start of the one-day series on 10 December. India Cricket Live

Blackwell boosted by England call

Ian Blackwell admitted he thought his England chance had gone before he was called into the one-day side to replace the injured Ashley Giles. Blackwell, a spinner and big-hitting batsman, played the last of his 23 one-day internationals in 2004. Blackwell averaged just 16.16 with the bat in his first spell in international cricket, despite a first-class mark of 39.19, and took 15 wickets. But he played a key role in Somerset's Twenty20 Cup success this season and was named captain after Graeme Smith returned to South Africa. Blackwell, 27, said he still had ambitions of playing Test cricket. India Cricket Live

Inzamam hopes toss luck will hold

Pakistan captain Inzamam-ul-Haq hopes his luck with the toss will hold for the final Test against England. He expects the pitch in Lahore to offer turn for the spinners and wants Pakistan to bat first as they did at Multan and Faisalabad. Based on his initial assessment of the pitch, Pakistan will face a selection dilemma for Tuesday's game. Shahid Afridi is banned after he deliberately a scuffed the playing surface at Faisalabad, and although Shoaib Malik could offer spin bowling support to Danish Kaneria, the legality of his action is again under scrutiny. Mushtaq Ahmed and Arshad Khan are in the squad, but playing either of them as a straight replacement for Afridi would weaken the batting line-up. One of them could replace Mohammad Sami, however, leaving Shoaib Akhtar and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan as the only seam bowlers in the side. "We have not decided as yet but we just have to see how we fill the gap left by ther ban on Shahid," said Inzamam. England face a similar poser after coach Duncan Fletcher indicated they might abandon their two-spinner policy. Pacemen James Anderson and Liam Plunkett are in contention, but if the pitch really is spinner-friendly, England may stick by Ashley Giles and Shaun Udal. India Cricket Live

Collingwood eyeing second chance

England all-rounder Paul Collingwood is hoping to make the most of a second opportunity on tour in Pakistan. Collingwood made 10 and three in the first Test, and was left out when Michael Vaughan returned to fitness. Opening batsman Strauss flew home to be with his wife Ruth at the birth of their first child. Collingwood is likely to find out on Sunday whether he has made the side for the third Test, which begins in Lahore on Tuesday. But the Test XI may not be announced by coach Duncan Fletcher until the last minute. Vaughan and Ian Bell are candidates to take over at the top of the order, with Essex youngster Alastair Cook considered unlikely to come into the side. Collingwood, who has appeared in 80 one-day internationals, believes a mental barrier, rather than a technical problem, has held him back at Test level so far. India Cricket Live

Malik set for fresh bowling tests

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik will fly to Australia to work on his bowling action with biomechanical experts after the one-day series against England. "He will leave for Perth on 8 December," said Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Shaharyar Khan. Off-spinner Malik and seam bowler Shabbir Ahmed were both reported to the International Cricket Council after the recent Test match in Multan. It is not the first time Malik's action has come under scrutiny and he underwent two hours of testing at the University of Western Australia in December last year, when reflective sensors were attached to different parts of his body. If his action is found to be illegal, he could be prevented from bowling for a year, although he would be able to apply to be re-assessed at any point within the 12-month period. Shabbir was assessed in Perth last month and Pakistan are hoping the ICC will clear him after comparing videos of his action during the tests and in the Multan Test. He has, however, been left out of the squad for the third Test at Lahore, which starts on Tuesday. India Cricket Live

Gas explosion halts England Test

A blast caused by an exploding gas cylinder halted the second Test between Pakistan and England in Faisalabad. England were 92-2 in their first innings when the accident stopped play for 10 minutes in the post-tea session. Marcus Trescothick and Ian Bell stayed on the field along with the Pakistan team as police and security guards streamed onto the outfield. A policeman later held up the remains of the gas bottle on the boundary to indicate the cause of the explosion. It is thought that one policeman suffered minor injuries from flying debris. The security arrangements for the England team have been very tight, with 2,500 policemen deployed around and inside the stadium for the match. India Cricket Live

Afridi banned for damaging pitch

Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi has been banned for a Test and two one-day internationals for damaging the pitch in the second Test against England. He was caught on TV scraping his boots on the surface when play was held up after a gas canister exploded. Umpire Darrell Hair and England batsman Marcus Trescothick noticed the difference when play resumed. Afridi later pleaded guilty to a level three breach of the ICC code of conduct relating to the spirit of the game. Match referee Roshan Mahanama said: "This ban should serve as a message to players that this type of behaviour is not allowed. "Mr Afridi apologised for his conduct and said he was very disappointed with himself for acting in that way. Meanwhile, Afridi's team-mate Shoaib Akhtar has been fined 20% of his match fee for a level one offence relating to manufacturers' logos on equipment. Hair and fellow umpire Simon Taufel reported that the logos on the wristbands of the paceman's batting gloves breached rules. Shoaib pleaded guilty to the offence and cannot appeal because match referees' decisions over level one breaches are binding India Cricket Live

Vaughan ready for fitness gamble

England captain Michael Vaughan has hinted he will gamble on his fitness and play in the second Test against Pakistan on Sunday. He will train with the team on Friday and providing there is no reaction Vaughan will play in Faisalabad. The second Test starts in Faisalabad on Sunday with England needing to avoid defeat to keep the series alive. Ian Bell was Vaughan's replacement in the opening Test but Paul Collingwood could also be considered to make way for the skipper's return. But England's team selection could be further complicated if stand-in skipper Marcus Trescothick flies home because of a family accident. His father-in-law is in hospital after falling off a ladder and Trescothick will decide by Saturday if he needs to go home. Essex youngster Alastair Cook was called into the squad as cover and could still be needed as Andrew Strauss is expected to miss the third Test to attend the birth of his first child. India Cricket Live

Pakistan duo face bowling inquiry

Pakistan's Shabbir Ahmed and Shoaib Malik have had their bowling actions in reported to the ICC following the first Test against England. But both will be able to continue to bowl in the series, if the Pakistan Cricket Board continues to select them. Off-spinner Malik and seam bowler Shabbir have been reported before and the latter was only cleared to resume bowling a month ago. This time he will be suspended for a year if his action is deemed illegal. Shabbir took five wickets in Pakistan's 22-run win over England in Multan while Malik took one wicket. The International Cricket Council rules state it is illegal if bowlers flex their arms more than 15 degrees during delivery. In respect of Shabbir, umpires Billy Bowden and Simon Taufel were satisfied his action was legal when he bowled in the nets and in the early part of the match. But they noted a deterioration during the third day's play, when he took four wickets, and suspected his action may have become illegal. Regarding Malik, the match officials were concerned they could see an extension in the elbow in some of his deliveries. If Malik is found to be bowling illegally he will also be suspended from bowling in international cricket for a year but can apply to be re-assessed at any time during that period. Shabbir, whose action was only cleared by the ICC on 18 October, would not be allowed to be re-assessed during the 12 months and would have to serve his full ban. The bowlers will now undergo independent analysis by a member of the ICC's human movement specialists. This will include looking at their bowling in laboratory conditions and the action used in a match situation. The whole process will take five weeks meaning both bowlers could play in the entire series against England, although Pakistan could opt to use Malik simply as a batsmen. But both could have their actions called again if the umpires are not satisfied they are legal. India Cricket Live

Afridi ready to emulate Flintoff

Pakistan's flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi is keen to emulate Andrew Flintoff and play a decisive role in the Test series against England.
Afridi, sometimes destructive as a one-day batsman and also effective as a leg-spinner, is yet to establish a permanent role in Pakistan's Test side. But he could open the batting in the first Test starting on Saturday. The 25-year-old made his debut for Pakistan at 16 and holds the record for the fastest one-day century scored off 37 balls in Nairobi against Sri Lanka in 1997. Afridi has scored 1,198 runs and taken 35 wickets in his career, whereas Flintoff, regarded as one of the finest players in the game, has scored 2,691 runs and taken 150 wickets in 53 Tests for England. India Cricket Live

Vaughan chances 'slim' for Multan Test

Dr Peter Gregory, the ECB's chief medical officer, has conceded that Michael Vaughan's chances of playing in the first Test against Pakistan, starting on Saturday, are "slim". Vaughan, who has a history of cartilage problems in his right knee, pulled up abruptly during England's second innings at Bagh-e-Jinnah when his knee locked up in mid-run, and he was taken to hospital for a scan. "Michael's a bit fed up at the moment," said Gregory. "He is still very sore and it's going to be complicated because he's had scans on that knee before, so we are going to have to make comparisons. We are going to need 24 to 48 hours to see how he pulls up clinically, and though I'm hopeful, whether that's realistic or not we are going to have to wait and see." England have not yet considered any replacement batsmen, although given the possibility that Andrew Strauss may miss the third Test to attend the birth of his first child, the likeliest option at present would be the new Kent captain, Robert Key, who can fill in as an opener or a specialist No. 3. India Cricket Live

Sami cleared for first Test

Pakistan have received a timely boost ahead of their preparations for the first Test against England in Multan with the news that Mohammad Sami has been passed fit to play. Bob Woolmer, the Pakistan coach, confirmed to Reuters that Sami would be available for the Test, starting from 12 November. "Sami is clear to play the Test, which is good for us as we will be without Abdul Razzaq." An elbow injury resulted in Razzaq being ruled out of the first Test and he has been advised by doctors to rest for ten days. Reports last week suggested Sami was doubtful for the match after picking up a groin injury during a practice match in Lahore, but the niggle did not turn out to be as serious as expected. The news that he is fit will be a relief for Pakistan's management as it is likely to result in their preferred first-choice new ball attack - Sami and Shoaib Akhtar - being picked for the match. The two last appeared together for Pakistan in the Melbourne Test against Australia in December last year; they have rarely had a prolonged run together due, mainly, to injury problems to either player. India Cricket Live

Harmison will perform any role

Steve Harmison was braced to do his best in the interests of his team, after joining up late with England following his involvement with the ICC Super Series in Australia. Harmison, who flew into Pakistan alongside Andrew Flintoff on Thursday morning, will play in England's final warm-up match at Bagh-e-Jinnah on Sunday - a match in which England are expected to field something close to their first-choice Test XI. Pakistani wickets are traditionally low and slow affairs, and therefore unlikely to suit Harmison's hard-hitting style, but he declared he was prepared to do "whatever it takes" to help England emulate their famous series victory in 2000-01. "The great thing we have built up as a team is a work ethic," he added. "It doesn't matter what we play on, because we'll fall into line." Harmison took 17 wickets to help England to Ashes glory last summer, but his much-publicised concerns about touring life are sure to be a talking point on an arduous three-Test, five-ODI tour. He burst to prominence with a blistering assault on the West Indian batsmen two winters ago, but proved worryingly ineffective during England's 2-1 win in South Africa last winter, taking just nine wickets in five Tests. India Cricket Live

Sami says he will be fit for Multan

Mohammad Sami, in doubt for the first Test against England, has asserted that he has no major groin problem. Sami says he informed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) that his is just a niggling problem, and that he will be okay be okay in time for the Multan Test on November 12. Saleem Altaf, the PCB's Director of Cricket Operations, confirmed that the Board had spoken to Sami after reading the media reports ruling him out of the first Test and were told he was okay. "Sami says it is nothing serious. He has had an ultrasound to confirm the gravity of the groin problem and nothing has shown up. He is resting and there are still ten days to go before the first Test," Altaf has been quoted as saying by the Karachi-based daily, The News. India Cricket Live

Hasan Raza to lead Pakistan A in warm-up match

Hasan Raza, former child prodigy and recently revitalised, will lead Pakistan A against England in the warm-up match starting on Sunday at Lahore. The 14-man squad includes seven players with Test experience. Raza made his Test debut reportedly at the age of 14 (his official age is unknown) in 1996. Unsurprisingly, he failed to cement his place in the team and has since played just five Tests, the last against Zimbabwe in 2002. The warm-up match will be a crucial one for Raza in particular as he looks to break into Pakistan's middle order. He is in Pakistan's 16-man squad for the first Test at Multan on the back of some impressive performances domestically, for Pakistan A and in the recent practice matches for the England series. Members of the team management and the selectors have spoken glowingly of Raza recently, some arguing that only now, nine years on from his debut, is he ready to play Test cricket. Raza is battling for a place in Pakistan's middle order, possibly at the expense of Asim Kamal. Although Kamal has made a promising start to his career - he has eight fifties in 11 Tests - his place remains uncertain. He has also endured, in recent games, a horrendous run of form ending with two failures for the Patrons XI against England in Rawalpindi. India Cricket Live

Barmy Army descends on Pakistan

England's raucous band of Barmy Army supporters began arriving in Pakistan on Tuesday, dismissing security fears and bringing smiles to the faces of hoteliers in the Test venue cities. One of the first to arrive was veteran supporter Phil Long and his three travelling companions Keith Smith, John Freeman and Jonathon Dyson. All were on their way to the Pindi stadium to watch England take on the Patron's XI. "We're the first batch," Long told AFP. "It's as important a tour as the Ashes for England, and beating Pakistan in their den could be even tougher than beating the Australians." Hoteliers are expecting full houses in the three Test venue cities of Multan, Faisalabad and Lahore as England supporters descend on Pakistan. "It's fun to be in Pakistan," said Smith, who said he faced no security problems. "There are no fears and we've been well received [here]." India Cricket Live

Inzamam happy with squad

Inzamam-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain, has expressed his satisfaction with the 16-man squad Pakistan selectors announced over the weekend to take on England in the first two Tests of their series. Inzamam confirmed to reporters after practice at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore that all decisions had been taken with his consent and that of Bob Woolmer, Pakistan's coach. In particular, he said he was happy with the balance of the bowling attack in the squad. Pakistan's decision to pick five spinners - of which three are specialist ones - has attracted attention and increased speculation that they will tackle the tourists with spin, a strategy that rebounded on them the last time England visited in 2000-01. But Inzamam insisted this wasn't necessarily the case, arguing that of the five, Shoaib Malik and Shahid Afridi weren't considered spinners but all-rounders.

England in Pakistan 2005-06 Series Schedule

Oct 31 - Nov 2 England vs Patron's XI Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi
Nov 6-8 England v Pakistan A Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
Nov 12-16 1st Test Multan
Nov 20-24 2nd Test Faisalabad
Nov 29 - Dec 3 3rd Test Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Dec 7 1 Day Warm Up Bagh-e-Jinnah, Lahore
Dec 10 1st ODI Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Dec 12 2nd ODI Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore
Dec 15 3rd ODI Karachi
Dec 19 4th ODI Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi
Dec 21 5th ODI Pindi Stadium, Rawalpindi

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England Pakistan Teams for the 2005-2006 Series

England Team

Test Squad: Michael Vaughan, James Anderson, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Steve Harmison, Matthew Hoggard, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Alex Loudon, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Andrew Strauss, Chris Tremlett, Marcus Trescothick, Shaun Udal, Liam Plunkett
One-Day Squad: Michael Vaughan, James Anderson, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Ashley Giles, Steve Harmison, Geraint Jones, Simon Jones, Kevin Pietersen, Matthew Prior, Liam Plunkett, Vikram Solanki, Andrew Strauss, Chris Tremlett, Marcus Trescothick

Pakistan Team

From: Inzamam-ul-Haq, Salman Butt, Shoaib Malik, Younis Khan, Mohammad Yousuf, Hasan Raza, Kamran Akmal, Danish Kaneria, Mohammad Sami, Naved-ul-Hasan, Shabbir Ahmed, Shoaib Akhtar, Mushtaq Ahmed, Asim Kamal, Shahid Afridi, Arshad Khan

England, Pakistan & the World Cups

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Pakistan's World Cup Victory in 1992

The 1987 World Cup in India and Pakistan was disastrous for both the countries as they lost in their semifinal matches held in their respective countries. Despite Australia's (the 1987 champions) failure to reach the final of the 1992 Benson & Hedges Cricket Championships, a record World Cup final crowd of more than 85,000 greeted Pakistan and England at the MCG. Before the finals, a supreme effort from Inzamam-ul-Haq (60 off only 37 balls) aginst New Zealand secured Pakistan's place in the 1992 World Cup final. Pakistan's greatest moment in World Cup history came in 1992 with victory in Australia. After a slow start they built as a team over the course of the competition, winning as other more fancied opponents slipped by the wayside. They beat a tired and beleaguered England in the final with ease. Finals: Pakistan won by 22 Runs
Score: PAKISTAN 249 for 6 Wickets in 50 overs [Imran Khan 72(110 b, 5-4s 1-6; Miandad 58(98 b, 4-4s); Derek Pringle 3-22] Beat ENGLAND 227 all out in 49.2 overs [Neil Fairbrother 62(70 b, 3-4s); Wasim Akram 3-49 Mushtaq Ahmed 3-41]

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.