England collapse: Andrew Strauss can"t explain it

Speechless Strauss struggles to explain England's spectacular collapse against Pakistan

Captain Andrew Strauss was at was at a loss to explain how England collapsed to their lowest ever Test total against Pakistan to slip to another embarrassing defeat.

Needing 145 to win, England were skittled out for just 72 in Abu Dhabi, their third poor batting performance in four innings on this tour, to lose the second Test by 72 runs and give their opponents an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Down and out: Andrew Strauss top scored but couldn't prevent his side's demise

Down and out: Andrew Strauss top scored but couldn't prevent his side's demise

Strauss, who top scored with 32, said:
'I wish I could explain it. Ultimately it was about very good bowling
from both ends, applying pressure, making it hard for us to score and
maybe we didn't take as may good options as we should have done.

'We'll have some regrets about that but it was an outstanding game of cricket. We came up short, but ultimately you've got to congratulate Pakistan. They were outstanding.'

Got him: England were dismissed in two hours

Got him: England were dismissed in two hours

England were in an excellent position after Monty Panesar took six for 62 as Pakistan were dismissed for 214 this morning.

But
they never looked comfortable against Pakistan's spinners – Abdur
Rehman did the bulk of the damage with six for 25 – and they scored at
under two an over throughout their brief second innings.

'Sometimes you need to spend a bit of time at the wicket, things generally get easier, so there's always that balance between attack and defence,' said Strauss. 'People individually have to make their choice. But ultimately we didn't get it right.

'There were some outstanding performances on our side – Monty in particular coming back into the side, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook – we worked hard to get into a position to win the game but ultimately we couldn't take that opportunity.

'We've been rolled over three times out of four, the top order have to take that on the chin and make sure that doesn't happen again.'

In a spin: Pakistan's Abdur Rehman was one to cause England problems

In a spin: Pakistan's Abdur Rehman was one to cause England problems

His opposite number, Misbah-ul-Haq, was pleased to wrap up the series after a difficult period for Pakistan cricket.

'That
was a much-needed victory for us,' he said. 'That's why we're so happy.
It was a wonderful team effort, everyone performed, everyone put 100
per cent effort in.'

Misbah was impressed in particular with the younger members of his squad.

He said: 'One thing you want from the youngsters is the temperament, especially in pressure situations. England is the number one team but they crumbled under pressure.'