England vs Pakistan – England victorious amidst Pakistan scandal
It took just an hour and thirty minutes for England to wrap up the victory they needed in order to seal the Test series against Pakistan.
After Stuart Broad and Jonathan Trott steered England to a massive 446 in the first innings, at one point England were 98 for seven, Pakistan’s batting completely collapsed amidst accusations of betting scandals.
Graeme Swann was the star of England’s bowling attack, his first five-wicket haul at Lord’s led to figures of nine for 74, whilst there was good support from the seamers who all contributed with wickets.
The England bowling performance has impressed throughout the series and it looks very strong as England now head down under for the Ashes series that starts in November – they are 9/4 to emerge victorious.
However the England batting line-up will need to be assessed ahead of the winter tour after three batting collapses in the previous two tests has called into question the places of some English batsman.
Jonathan Trott and Matt Prior were the only two batters to emerge from the test series with any respect and despite his century at the Oval, Alastair Cook will be looking over his shoulder, as will Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood as Ian Bell returns to full fitness.
Australia’s captain Ricky Ponting has been talking up Australia’s chances of a whitewash and without a significant improvement from the top order, his assumptions may be proved correct.
England captain Andrew Strauss has a lot to think about over the coming months as he prepares his team for the Test series, not least how to get Kevin Pietersen back to his best as he could prove influential down under.
Australia are 8/13 favourites for the Ashes series this winter. Follow the latest England vs Australia cricket betting market here.