• It had been hoped that Pakistan would provide England with some stiff competition ahead of the Ashes this winter, but that has not proved to be the case.


    Waqar Younis's side are in a tricky transitional period with a host of experienced players having departed from the scene, but they must show a lot more guts at The Oval.


    There were some positive signs of a resurgence from the tourists in the second innings at Edgbaston, but they simply must be more competitive in the third Test for their own credibility.


    England have been by far the best team in the series so far, and Pakistan need to show that they have more to give than what they have shown thus far.


    The hosts are a settled unit and have considerably more direction and experience than their opponents, but they must not be allowed to steamroller their way through matches the way they have been.


    The England bowling attack is firing on all cylinders at the moment, and Pakistan have not been able to compete when up against

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  • - WU Tharanga was dismissed for duck of the first ball he received in this game providing the 135th occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games. It also provides the 23rd occasion of a Sri Lankan opening batsman collecting the first ball duck in one day games.


    - WU Tharanga's first ball duck in this game provide the third occasion of his suffering such an ignominy as an opening batsman in one day games. The other two occasions are - vs West Indies at Mum-BS on 14.10.06 and vs India at Delhi on 27.12.09, He became the fourth Sri Lankan opening batsman to collect the first ball duck on three or more occasions. Others are - ST Jayaasuriya {08}, RS Kaluwitharna {03} and RS Mahanama {03}.


    - WU Tharanga's first ball duck in this game provide the 32nd occasion of a Sri Lankan batsman collecting the first ball duck against India in one day games. His duck provide the ninth occasion of a Sri Lankan opening batsman to suffer such an ignominy against

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  • Five years ago, I wrote "at 30, Laxman is the youngest member of the famed quartet and it can be said that his most prolific years are ahead of him." Naturally, I am doubly happy that the touch artist from Hyderabad has proved me right but to be candid almost anyone could have made the same prediction. From Mr Elegance to Mr Crisis Man, VVS Laxman has played the whole of gamut of roles combining substance with style along the way.


    In a poll conducted on a website a few years ago, Laxman's 281 against Australia at Kolkata in March 2001 was adjudged the greatest innings ever played by an Indian in Test cricket. It was final confirmation of something that had been acknowledged by cricket followers, experts and fellow players ever since he crafted an unforgettable knock - a near triple century of epic proportions which turned a Test match around on its head so markedly that only for the third time in Test history a side that enforced the follow on crumbled to defeat.


    Since then,

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