England vs Pakistan: Five Talking Points from the Test series

Misbah ul Haq and Alastair Cook
For a change, an England-Pakistan series went without any controversy

#1 – Never write off Younis Khan

Younis Khan
Younis wrote his redemption song at The Oval

Younis Khan’s place in the game’s history is as enigmatic as his batting. Almost always a nervous starter, the veteran has time and again somehow delivered match-winning knocks out of nowhere. However, the murmurs attributing his status to subcontinent-style pitches does not seem to abate.

And, the way in which he went about his business during the first three Tests only added fuel to the fire. When confronted with the moving ball, the man saw fit to bring his dancing shoes on to counter the swing.

After producing just 122 runs until then, Younis was truly up against it when he strode on to the crease at The Oval. Having been written off by most, he responded in his own inimitable manner – a fighting innings without any prior indication.

Demoted down the order to avoid the newer-ball, the 38-year-old paid rich dividends by producing his sixth double ton and taking the game away from England’s reach. Alongwith the silky drives and supple flicks, his trademark broad smile returned as well.

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