That was the startling result, and it might have given the impression of a lopsided series with the interest of it being evaporated with one Team dominating over another. But getting to indulge in some old style Asian Cricket with spin taking centre stage with all its revered skill and guile made it absolutely compelling. Even more so in the bowling dominated series when the victimised batsman on occasion challenged this status
The self belief he has imbibed in all and the Team as a whole was the remarkable with the 3rd Test win that was achieved after being bowled out for a feeble 99 in the first innings being testimony to this. A feat of achieving victory after such a paltry first innings score that has only been seen 5 times in the games history and not since 1907
The Pakistani opener was very much found out in this series with only one score over 50. He was made to look average against a very fine English bowling attack. But he can take heart by the fact that batsmen being made to look average was the theme of the series
Rating 3/10 : I do not think Taufeeq is a long term answer for Pakistan opening going on his technical issues exposed in this series
Excellent all round cricketer either with the bat or ball and a silent leader in the Team propelling it with his tactical nous. He was one of the few batsmen who looked semi competent and his spin bowling was outstanding from a wicket taking sense and a run saving sense.
One of the World's most under rated players
Rating: 8/10- Very fine series by a very talented player
An old style stonewalling batsman that was quite literally like a tick in England's collective ears all series long that they could not scratch out. He was crucial in the 2nd Test win in a steely partnership with Asad Shafiq and then hit a game defining century in the 3rd Test.
Pakistan left the desert knowing they have a quality number three for the next decade
Rating 9/10 In a series where batsmen were made to look silly, Azhar stood above all
Struggle mightily in the 1st two Test giving rise to his boo boys, but well and truly shut them up with a batting master class in the third Test that set up the victory.
Great player, Great Man, and a silent force behind the ascent of Pakistan
Rating- 8/10- You know when most needed the man known as YK will be there for Pakistan
Misbah ul Haq
Contributed throughout with his batting, and had a huge effect over the series with his astute and pro active leadership
Rating: 11/10- Someone is going to write a Book or make a Movie about Misbah one day- such is his inspiration and role in quite literally rising Pakistan from the dead
Another batsman that struggled throughout, but bobbed up at crucial times to help in victories. Especially in the 2nd Test where his backs to the walls 58 was of the highest calibre
Rating: 7/10- The boy has a real future, and on watching him bat with real resoluteness, you can understand why he has been preferred over Umar Akmal
Very accomplished behind the stumps and scored some crucial runs in the series as well. Epitomised by his resourceful 61 in the 1st Test setting up that win
Rating: 8/10- Every good Team has one thing in common in respect to a very good keeper, and Pakistan have found one in this young lad
After the duo of exceptional bowling spearheads in Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Asia were suspended there was a Grand Canyon like hole left in the Pakistan bowling which Umar Gul has picked up admirably. Proving time and time again this series that he is a fast bowler of real class and calibre
Rating: 9/10- Exceptional!
All the focus was on the hysteria over Saeed Ajmal, but this very wily left arm spinner arguably had a more profound impact in the series whitewash.
Very skilled and under rated bowler
Rating 11/10- Awesome# 1
Had all the English in cold sweats out of fear of facing him or confused and con-fuddled by trying to pick him. A player that is fast picking up the slack left over from previous off spinning masters in Saqlain Mushtaq and Murali'
Rating: 11/10- Awesome #2
Big hearted bowler, but mostly ineffectual in the two Tests he played
Rating: 2/10- Tried hard but threatened few
Was selected in one Test, but only bowled 8 overs in its entirety
Rating: 0/10- Non entity
It was a series involving two tales for the English with their bowling which was excellent throughout setting up victories only for their batting to set up remarkable wins for Pakistan with their failures. The hammer blow was the second Test when they got dismissed for 72 when they were only chasing 144 for victory
You can now see oppositions stacking their Teams with spinners on spinning decks to further victimise an obvious English deficiency. But in response the English will be stung by this embarrassing series and moving Heaven and Earth to rectify it.
One of the key talking points after this series will be the future of the English Captain Andrew Strauss for his batting failures that have stretched for over 2 years now. Which are ok when you're winning, but stand out like dogs balls when you start to lose. His Captaincy came under fire too in the field with many citing it as being overtly defensive.
Rating: 2/10- Disappointing, and a further display of individual coupled with team failure in Sri Lanka might see his head roll
The stellar performer from 2011 was made to look average in this series. Whether it be dabbling to the pace men and feeding the slips or being exposed by the spinners he was made to look very average. Though on Cook's history of fighting back from previous struggles you can see him rising to the challenge in Sri Lanka
Rating 3/10: One good innings of 94, but in his other 5 innings only scored 65
Very like Cook in going from hot chocolates in 2011 to being made to look like boiled lollies in 2012. In fact he was a carbon copy of Cook's performance with one innings of note coupled with 5 failures
Rating 3/10: Very average performance by Trott
As incompetent as the rest and then added to the angst that English supporters have against him with some very irresponsible shots to get out. Tried to be more proactive in the 3rd Test, but failed to turn around his series of abject failures
Rating: 2/10- Bad batting coupled with soft dismissals
Averaged 118 in 2011 and was made to look like a Club number 11 in this series by Ajmal's unorthodox spin.
Rating: 0/10- Might need to ring up Darryl Cullinan to get the number of the therapist he went to to cure him of his Shane Warne Demons for Bell has a similar demon in Saeed Ajmal....
Not Test class and exposed as being very lacking in this series. More than likely will not make the Sri Lankan tour and will struggle to get back into the team with the host of youngsters banging on the door
Rating: 0/10- Not up to it
One of the few who stood up against the tide with his batting and was his usual refined presence behind the stumps. Undoubtedly in the top 10 Test players in the game.
Rating: 8/10- A diamond amongst the English dust
Exceptional performance by Broad being devastating with the ball and more than useful with the bat. In times of crisis he showed real signs of leadership which makes him a burgeoning complete package
Rating: 9/10- Excellent series
Was useful throughout the series with his spin, but was over shadowed by Monty Panesar in the spin stakes with the Pakistan batsmen playing with relative ease against Swann. His figures looked good, but he got a few cheap wickets with 6 of his 13 wickets being tail enders
Rating: 6/10- Good, but in a series with ball dominating maybe should have done more
The man regarded as the best swing bowler in the world was workman like in the series, but like Swann failed to excel like most of the other bowlers
Rating: 6/10- Very like Swann's series
This eccentric left arm spinner was exceptional. Coming in after the 1st Test he had all the Pakistani batsmen troubled with his guile and heart. Great comeback series by a player that is beloved by all
Rating: 9/10: Awesome, and the sad irony is if the next Test was in England he would be dropped with Graeme Swann locked in as England's number one spinner