Misbah admits England’s reverse swing left Pakistan `clueless`

London, Aug 8 : Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has admitted that England bowlers' ability to reverse swing the ball in home conditions left his side's batsmen clueless on the final day of the third Test at Edgbaston.

England took an unassailable 2-1 lead over Pakistan after defeating the tourists by 141 runs late on day five, with the fourth and final Test to be played at The Oval on Thursday.

"Until lunch it was easy," Misbah was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. "But after lunch they got it reversing and we were not having any clue. We were trying to cope with it, but we could not handle it. "(James) Anderson and (Stuart) Broad are used to these conditions. They are really experienced. Full credit to England for the way they fought back after we had a lead of more than 100. "I think we'll just have to send someone to learn from England now how they're reversing this ball. We could not do it even on the fourth day. I think they are really doing it well." Chasing a mammoth 343-run victory target after England declared on 445 for six early on the final day, Pakistan endured a middle-order meltdown before being bundled out for 201.

Needing less than a day to resist, the tourists found themselves reeling at 124 for three before suddenly losing four more wickets of captain Misbah (10), Asad Shafiq (0), Sarfraz Ahmed (0) and Sami Aslam for mere one run in 23 balls before tea.

Aslam, who made a vital first-innings 82, continued his superb form in the second innings by making 70.

For England, Anderson, Broad, Steven Finn, Chris Woakes and Moeen Ali, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, bagged two wickets apiece on Sunday.

Source: ANI