Pakistani cricket team in England in 2006
|Pakistan in England 2006|
|Dates||1 July – 10 September 2006|
|Result||England won the 4-match series 3–0|
|Most runs||Mohammad Yousuf (631)||Andrew Strauss (444)|
|Most wickets||Umar Gul (18)||Steve Harmison (20)|
|Player of the series||Mohammad Yousuf and Andrew Strauss|
|One Day International series|
|Result||5-match series drawn 2–2|
|Most runs||Younis Khan (215)||Ian Bell (227)|
|Most wickets||Shoaib Akhtar (9)||Jon Lewis (7)|
|Player of the series||Younis Khan|
|Twenty20 International series|
|Result||Pakistan won the 1-match series 1–0|
|Most runs||Mohammad Hafeez (46)||Marcus Trescothick (53)|
|Most wickets||Abdul Razzaq (3)||Stuart Broad (2)|
|Player of the series||Shahid Afridi|
The Pakistani cricket team toured England in the 2006 English cricket season, following England's winter tour of Pakistan where Pakistan had won a 3-Test series 2–0 and the ODI series 4–1. As a result of this series, Pakistan rose two spots to be ranked second in the world Test rankings before this series, and England dropped to third after the 12 July annual update of the ICC Test Championship. The series was marred by a ball-tampering controversy on the fourth day of the Fourth Test, which culminated in Pakistan refusing to take the field after the tea interval in protest to a contentious decision by the umpires to penalize the Pakistani team for what they believed were acts of ball-tampering. This led the umpires to award the game to England, who thus won the Test series 3–0. However, ICC in 2008 declared the result of the final test as a draw and England thus won the Test series 2-0. This was subsequently reversed by the ICC in February 2009 and the result restored as an England victory.
- 1 Schedule
- 2 Squads
- 3 First Class Matches
- 3.1 Tour Match: Pakistan v Leicestershire (1–3 July)
- 3.2 Tour Match: Pakistan v England A (6–9 July)
- 3.3 First Test (13–17 July)
- 3.4 Tour Match: Pakistan v Northamptonshire (20–22 July)
- 3.5 Second Test (27–29 July)
- 3.6 Third Test (4–8 August)
- 3.7 Tour Match: Pakistan vs West Indies A (12–13 August)
- 3.8 Fourth Test (17–20 August)
- 4 Limited Over Matches
- 5 Notes
- 6 References
- 7 External sources
|27||ODI v Scotland||The Grange|
|1-3||Tour Match||Grace Road|
|6-9||Tour Match||St Lawrence Ground|
|20-23||Tour Match||County Ground, Northampton|
|27-31||2nd Test||Old Trafford|
|12-13||Tour Match||Denis Compton Oval|
|17-21||4th Test||Kennington Oval|
|28||Twenty20||County Ground, Bristol|
|30||1st ODI||Sophia Gardens|
|5||3rd ODI||The Rose Bowl, Southampton|
|8||4th ODI||Trent Bridge|
First Class Matches
Tour Match: Pakistan v Leicestershire (1–3 July)
Pakistan won by 8 wickets
Tour Match: Pakistan v England A (6–9 July)
First Test (13–17 July)
A steady start of 60 for England before losing their first wicket turned sour as skipper Andrew Strauss fell for the second wicket, also at 60. It seemed that England were to fall cheaply as high-hitter Kevin Pietersen fell 28 runs later but Alastair Cook and Paul Collingwood, echoing their February performance on the sub-continent, made a partnership of 322 (105 and 187 respectively.) The two, who many see as stand-ins for the unfit members of the team, along with the third stand-in Ian Bell (100*) kept the fledgling team alive, nobody else making a half-century before they declared on the second day.
The wicket proved to be helpful to the touring side too after a similar opening (the first and second wicket - a duck - falling cheaply on 28) and another duck leaving them at 68/4 however a well-paced strike rate from Mohammad Yousuf, making a double century in the nick of time as he stood until the last wicket, and a half century from skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq, keeping his record against England alive, proved the team would stand as strong as the home team. Stephen Harmison's bowling, which had been under scrutiny over the Winter months, improved greatly at his least favourite pitch as he took 4-94 but the next best, Matthew Hoggard at 3-117 proved the tourists had victory in their sights. A special note must go to Pietersen who made a rare attempt at bowling for two overs, taking wicket keeper Kamran Akmal for 58 at figures of 1-11.
However, seeing as the second innings did not start for England until the fourth day a result seemed unlikely. Strauss made up for his first effort by making a 128 but little else from the team was worth mention as they declared a few overs into the last day, leaving the tourists with a deficit of 379 to chase in 73 overs. After Salman Butt fell from the first delivery to Hoggard, things seemed hopeful, even more so after Imran Farhat fell at 33 but Faisal Iqbal's slow, but firm scoring rate took them to before tea, leaving Inzy and Abdul Razzaq to bat out the last session for 73 before a draw was confirmed.
Tour Match: Pakistan v Northamptonshire (20–22 July)
Pakistan won by 7 wickets
Second Test (27–29 July)
|Pakistan||119||&||222||England won by an innings and 120 runs
With Inzamam-ul-Haq's run of half-centuries against England finally stopped, as he was caught by Kevin Pietersen off Steve Harmison's bowling for a duck, England recorded an innings victory over Pakistan to take a 1–0 lead into the third Test. In the first innings, Pakistan lost the last eight wickets for 29 to post 119 with no batsmen making a half Century; England surpassed that score for the loss of two wickets, and with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell both making hundreds (127 and 106* respectively), England could eventually declare near the end of day two having made 461. It took England 63 overs to clean up, with Harmison and Monty Panesar sharing the ten wickets evenly (the only wicket takers in both innings) with the help of wicket keeper Geraint Jones, who caught five despite his fractured finger. Panesar took his second five-wicket-haul in three months, and was praised by opposition coach Bob Woolmer
Third Test (4–8 August)
After their innings defeat in the second test, Pakistan dropped Shahid Afridi and Abdul Razzaq, and had to swap Imran Farhat out due to injury. They brought in Salman Butt and Taufeeq Umar to open the innings, plus the bowling of Shahid Nazir. England only made one change, which was to swap the struggling wicketkeeper Geraint Jones for Chris Read. The wicketkeeper position had been the subject of much debate. Read was perceived as the better keeper, although Jones’ batting skills were considered to be superior. However, Jones had not scored a significant innings for some time and Read was given an opportunity to impress for the first time since the West Indies tour of 2004.
The first day of the test prompted some interesting incidents as England won the toss and batted first. In the morning, there were three rogue decisions from the umpires (who had been testing the use of earpieces to communicate with off-field officials); in the afternoon Kevin Pietersen left the field in bizarre circumstances, and Pakistan responded with 11 overs of very mediocre bowling, using their opening batsmen to bowl during the period before the second new ball was due.
In amongst all this, Pietersen scored his 5th test century, and helped propel England to 347/6 by the end of the day. England continued on day 2, with Ian Bell posting his third consecutive test century, and the lower order added useful runs before England were bowled out for 515.
Pakistan's openers once again struggled, and they fell quickly to leave the tourists on 36/2. However, the experienced combination of Younis Khan and Mohammad Yousuf then combined to produce the largest partnership for Pakistan against England of 363 for the third wicket. They batted well into the afternoon session of the third day, before Yousuf gloved Stephen Harmison through to the keeper having scored 192.
Pakistan then lost some of their advantage in a bizarre passage of play leading up to the tea interval. Younis was run out on 173, Faisal Iqbal fell lbw to his first delivery faced (giving Paul Collingwood his first test wicket), and Inzamam-ul-Haq lost his wicket in a comical way, overbalancing while attempting to sweep a Monty Panesar delivery and falling onto his stumps.
The lower order batsmen tried to accelerate the scoring, but lost regular wickets in the process, and Pakistan were finally bowled out for 538.
England's second innings started well, with the openers putting on 158 for the first wicket. Andrew Strauss went on to score 116, and Chris Read scored 55 down the order, but the other wickets fell quite regularly as England attempted to set up a position where they could push for a win on the final day. Pakistan's bowling attack shared the wickets between them, and eventually bowled England out for 345. Pakistan needed 323 runs on the final day to win.
England's bowlers performed well on the final day, and took 5 wickets in the first session ensuring the 323 run target was well out of Pakistan's reach. The run out of Mohammad Yousuf for a single figure score was a key moment in the innings – in fact, Pakistan lost 3 of their top order batsmen to run outs during the game. Sajid Mahmood struck twice in an over shortly before lunch to remove Faisal Iqbal and Kamran Akmal, and would go on to record test best figures of 4/22.
Monty Panesar also demonstrated his promising talent, taking 3 wickets in the second innings to follow up on 3 wickets in the first, on a pitch not typically associated with assisting spinners. His dismissal of Younis Khan during the afternoon session was spectacular, with a wonderfully flighted delivery that just clipped the bail of the off stump.
From this point, it was a matter of time before England took the honours.
As a result of a rib injury obtained during the course of the Test (and determined to be an internal injury rather than an external one ) the Pakistan Captain, Inzamam-ul-Haq, was unable to bat for 4h20m in the Pakistan 2nd innings, or until the fall of the 5th wicket (whichever came first). As England took five wickets in the first session of the last day, he was able to come in at number 7 in the order. His wicket was eventually the last to fall, being stumped off the bowling of Monty Panesar, and Pakistan were all out for 155.
England won the match by 167 runs, and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, with one left to play.
Tour Match: Pakistan vs West Indies A (12–13 August)
Owing to a waterlogged pitch, the match was rescheduled for the 13th but eventually abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Fourth Test (17–20 August)
|England||173 (53.2 overs)||&||298/4 (72 overs)||Match awarded to England|
|Pakistan||504 (129.5 overs)||&|
Pakistan made 3 changes to their side for the final test. The uncertainty of the opening pair continued, with Salman Butt and Taufeeq Umar being dropped in favour of Imran Farhat and Mohammad Hafeez. The tourists' bowling ranks were boosted by the return of Mohammad Asif, for whom Mohammad Sami made way.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to field in cloudy conditions. This proved to be a good decision, and Pakistan's seamers Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif took eight wickets between them as England were bundled out for 173. Asif in particular caused problems for England's batsmen, and left people wondering what the outcome of the series would have been had he not been injured for the earlier tests.
Late on day 1, Pakistan began their reply confidently, and their fourth opening partnership combination of the series proved to be the most successful one. Hafeez hit some good shots before retiring hurt with a knee problem. He would return to complete his innings and score 95, while Farhat scored 91. England's poor first day was complete when they dropped Mohammad Yousuf twice before he reached double figures. He went on to score 128, his third century of the series.
Pakistan continued their dominance of the match on day 2, with the close of play score at 336/3, a lead of 163. On day 3, England finally managed to start taking wickets in between frequent rain and bad light interruptions, but they were not able to curtail Pakistan's scoring. Faisal Iqbal ended on 58 not out, his first contribution in the series. Pakistan were finally bowled out for 504, a lead of 331.
Marcus Trescothick was dismissed early in England's second innings, in what would be his last test match appearance for England to date. Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook then progressed the score to 78/1 at the close of play.
The (what would prove to be eventful) fourth day began with Strauss and Cook continuing on the improved batting performance before Strauss fell lbw to Danish Kaneria with the score on 115. Kevin Pietersen came in and played an aggressive innings, hitting 96 from 114 deliveries, and only falling when he chased a wide delivery in an attempt to bring up his century.
The dismissal of Cook for 83 off the bowling of Umar Gul, with a delivery of reverse swing, resulted in umpires Darrell Hair and Billy Doctrove calling a halt to play so a set of used balls could be brought out to the middle. England were awarded 5 penalty runs and this event was the catalyst for the subsequent refusal to continue the match after tea by the Pakistan team. Based on the laws of cricket, the umpires declared Pakistan to have forfeited the game. The ICC later changed the result of the match to a draw, and then later reversed this decision on 1 February 2009.
Limited Over Matches
One-Day International v Scotland (27 June)
Pakistan won the match by five wickets, after Scotland lost four wickets in the first eight overs and then four more in the remaining 42. Ryan Watson and Neil McCallum put on 116 for the fifth wicket, an ODI record partnership for Scotland, who played their first ODI for seven years. Their innings also doubled the number of ODI fifties scored for Scotland.
Twenty20 Match (28 August)
|England||144/7 (20.0 overs)||Pakistan won by 5 wickets|
|Pakistan||148/5 (17.5 overs)|
Pakistan won the match by five wickets. After bowling out four of England's upper order batsmen for fewer than 20 runs between them, Pakistan secured a comfortable win aided by Shahid Afridi who struck 28 off just 10 balls (22 of these in a single over).
This match marked the international debut for England's Stuart Broad and Michael Yardy. Yardy claimed his first wicket, and Broad his first two, at this level. Yardy also made an unbeaten 24 from 14 balls and later took the catch which dismissed Shahid Afridi.
First ODI (30 August)
|England||202 (49.2 overs)||No result|
|Pakistan||46/1 (7 overs)|
Second ODI (2 September)
Third ODI (5 September)
|England||271/9 (50 overs)||Pakistan won by 2 wickets|
|Pakistan||274/8 (48.5 overs)|
Shoaib Akhtar was in the spotlight after television cameras caught him working on the ball. The pictures appeared to show Akhtar flicking his thumb at the ball. However, the ICC referee, Mr Mike Procter, upon analysis of the TV footage, decided that there was no case to answer on behalf of the Pakistani cricket team.
Fourth ODI (8 September)
In this match Abdul Razzaq smashed the English bowlers in the last couple of overs.
Fifth ODI (10 September)
The series was levelled 2-2. The first match was abandoned due to rain
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