successful run in England
Pakistan have not lost a series in England since 1982, a record unmatched by
any other other test-playing nation.
Following is a brief
summary of the four series played in England since Imran's Khan's 1982 side
narrowly lost 2-1.
Imran had brought
discipline and order to a bunch of disparate individuals who often spent
more time feuding with each other than fighting the opposition. After a
career-threatening shin injury he had re-established himself as the world's
premier all-rounder. An athletic and hostile fast bowler whose classical
batsmanship had flourished under the responsibilities of captaincy.
Both of the first two
tests in a damp, cool summer were drawn with little more than 20 hours play
possible over the 10 days. Imran, who had strained a stomach muscle early in
the tour, did not bowl in the first test and did not push himself in the
second. In the third at Headingley, he was back to his irresistible best,
taking three for 37 and seven for 40 as Pakistan won by an innings.
Imran took six for 129
in the first innings in another draw at Edgbaston then played a leading role
as Pakistan batted England out of the fifth test at the Oval. Javed Miandad
struck 260, Salim Malik 102 and Imran was run out for 118 in Pakistan's
first innings of 708. England captain Mike Gatting, dropped five times,
ensured the draw with 150 not out.
Result: Pakistan 1
Imran had played a
decisive innings as Pakistan defeated England to win the World Cup in
Melbourne before pulling out of the ensuing tour with a shoulder injury,
ending the career of the greatest cricketer to represent his nation.
mattered little. Imran's apprentices Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis had
learned from the master and they devastated England with reverse swing at
The series was
acrimonious from start to finish. Pakistan were unhappy with the standard of
the umpiring and elements in the British tabloid press accused the Pakistan
bowlers of tampering with the ball.
Their accusations were
misplaced. Wasim was the finest left-arm pace bowler in history, generating
high pace and violent movement in the air and off the seam from a short run
with a high action. Such was his versatility that he could bowl with equal
effect over or around the wicket. Waqar, a magnificent sight as he sprinted
to the crease, unleashed lethal inswingers with a low-slung action. After a
decade of short-pitched violence from the West Indies' pacemen Pakistan had
brought a new dimension to test cricket.
Miandad proved a
shrewd and canny captain and averaged 60.66 with the bat while Malik topped
the averages with 81.33.
Result: Pakistan 2
This time Wasim was in
charge of another team of all the talents who again outplayed the hosts in a
Mushtaq Ahmed, a
bouncy leg spinner topped the bowling averages, and wicketkeeper Moin Khan
was the leading batsman with an average of 79.00.
There were runs again
from Salim Malik while Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had failed with the bat four
years earlier after making such an impression at the World Cup, averaged
Result: Pakistan 2
under Nasser Hussain had given the all-conquering Australians something to
think about at last by winning series in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
With the Australians
due later in the summer, the home side made the perfect start in the first
test against Pakistan when Darren Gough and Andy Caddick bowled them to an
innings victory at Lord's with potent pace and movement.
But in the second at
Old Trafford, England's old insecurities resurfaced after they were set 370
to win in 112 overs following sumptuous innings of 114 and 85 from Inzamam.
At the close of the
fourth day the home team needed 285 from 90 overs with all their wickets
still in hand. After Pakistan closed down the scoring rate a draw then
seemed the likeliest option before the England batting crumbled under the
pressure. The Australians took due note and went on to win their series 4-1.
Result: Pakistan 1