England arrived in UAE expecting to put up a fight against Pakistan. Being well aware of Pakistan’s recent test exploits, England knew it needed to be at its best to squeeze a test series win out of this tour, an expectation they fell tremendously short of.
Not only did England fail to perform at its best level, but at times it seemed a little too easy for Pakistan as it wrapped up a neat 2-0 series win against the mighty England and moved further up in the ICC Test ranking. England batters seemed to be no match to Pakistan’s bowling attack. However, a few of them did deliver some promising stats that England can look to work on in the future tours.
James Anderson has acquired a certain level of consistency in his performance. Assuming he’ll take a wicket or two in a game is probably the safest cricket match prediction one could make. James Anderson was England’s saving grace in the bowling department as he took 13 wickets in the series, only two wickets shy of Yasir Shah’s 15. It’s fair to say that he lacked support just like his captain Alastair Cook in the batting department. Live cricket score live match followers would agree that if Anderson had the support of even one bowler, the outcome of the series could have been entirely different.
Although he failed as a batsman, Moeen Ali contributed well as a frontline spinner as he worked nicely for England as a partnership breaker at several occasions. He may not be the best England has to offer, but he certainly has talent that can prove to be promising. Moeen took nine wickets in the series.
Although not one of his career-best performances, Stuart Broad delivered spells filled with invention and control that troubled some of the Pakistani batsmen. Not nearly as good as James Anderson in the series, Broad seems to be showing progression. And the seam bowler also delivered with the bat when called upon, to go with his seven wickets.