James Anderson: This was one of worst defeats I have ever had

James Anderson: This was one of worst defeats I have ever had

People might imagine there would be a huge panic in the dressing room when a batting collapse is happening, with players running around like headless chickens throwing kit on left, right and centre and struggling to get out to the middle in time.

But, to be honest, it's rarely like that. Yesterday, as the wickets began to tumble and it began to look as though things were going against us, the dressing room remained a pretty calm place to be.

England's James Anderson, right, and Monty Panesar leave the field following the defeat

Downbeat: England's James Anderson, right, and Monty Panesar leave the field following the defeat

The over-riding feeling was one of shock. Shock that we'd allowed a winning position to slip away so easily and shock that we'd allowed a pressure situation to get the better of us.

We've shown time and again over the past few years that we can handle it when the heat comes on, so it's bitterly disappointing to have worked so hard to get so well placed, only to throw it away so quickly and cheaply.

It's just depressing when you think of all the effort that has gone in and the whole team feel dejected and frustrated. It is undoubtedly one of the most difficult defeats I've been involved in while playing for England because we know there's nothing we can now do to pull the series back.

As a professional sportsman, I hate losing and losing a series hurts a great deal. It's not something that has happened often to this England team and, believe me, no-one is hurting more than the players in that dressing room.

Up for it: Pakistan's Abdur Rehman successfully appeals for the wicket of England captain Andrew Strauss

Up for it: Pakistan's Abdur Rehman successfully appeals for the wicket of England captain Andrew Strauss

I've played in England sides in the past when the bowlers or the batsmen aren't delivering and it becomes so easy to point fingers and play the blame game. It's divisive and unhelpful.

But this is a different England team and it is absolutely not the time to start splitting into bowling or batting units and saying 'it's your fault'.

The batsmen have been absolutely
fantastic for us over the past couple of years and have more than
delivered the runs the bowlers have needed to set aggressive fields in
order to win matches.

Feeling the heat: Cook and Strauss

Feeling the heat: Cook and Strauss

It's really hard to put your finger on why things aren't happening for them at the moment.

I genuinely thought taking 20 wickets would be the most difficult thing when we came out here and it never really crossed my mind that our main issue would be putting runs on the board.

We know there will be people who
will be saying it's the same old story with England on the
sub-continent, not being able to play spin well.

But I genuinely believe we have the players in this squad to succeed on
these kinds of pitches. There is a huge amount of talent in our batting
line-up.

It's unusual to
have three tours to the sub-continent in one year so, even though this
might be a painful experience at the moment, we need to ensure we learn
the lessons from these defeats and become a better team for them.

What's really annoying is that we were so much better in this game than
we were in the first Test – Monty Panesar was brilliant on his return
and Broady batted and bowled superbly – but clearly we fell way short of
the mark in chasing a gettable total.

We've said we want to stay at No 1 in the world for an extended period
of time, But if you're losing Test series that is clearly not going to
happen. We've worked so hard to get to where we are and we need to
ensure we re-double our efforts to stay here.

We're all feeling pretty raw and dejected at the moment and it's important we pick ourselves up and stay strong, and maintain our belief. We certainly have not become a bad side overnight.

Some of us have our families here at the moment so we'll probably spend Sunday with them. Even though they've been out for four or five days we've hardly seen them because we've been playing.

We need to clear our heads and set about restoring some pride after a bitterly disappointing couple of weeks.