The fractious relations between the two teams caught on the podium after the end of the fifth ODI of the England Pakistan Test series with Andrew Strauss leaving no words out on what he thought the series.
England won the match by 121 runs, as the Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi, stated later, batting has not been Pakistan’s forte even though the bowling has been reasonably good.
Pakistan were bowled out for 134 after thirty-seven overs, after Eoin Morgan rescued England from effectively four for fifty-nine after Paul Collingwood retired, even though the latter returned to play a crucial role. On Morgan’s young shoulders, England launched an assault to Pakistan to take the score to 256.
Pakistan had no response and Graeme Swann and Stuart Broad tightened the screws on the troubled visitors with three wickets apiece. Pakistan’s only innings of note was of forty-one from opener Kamran Akmal and fell apart completely thereafter.
But Straudd saved his best for last. The England captain was seething before the match, telling his team mates that they could not afford to lose this deciding match because it will be mean England have been sullied further and then used the podium to state that this series was “crazy, hope it never happens again” perhaps as a reminder to the England and Wales Cricket Board that they never wanted to be here in the first place since the spot fixing scandal broke out during the Lord’s Test.