Pakistan’s record in Tests in England and at The Oval over the years
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Despite not having a proper name of the Test series, England and Pakistan share an interesting rivalry and record since 1954 in Tests. It has been a long time since these two teams have been playing Test series regularly against each other at regular intervals without any name; like India and Australia have Border-Gavaskar, Australia and New Zealand have Chappell-Hadlee and the most famous rivals Australia and England have The Ashes. Well, this can be discussed later but a Test series between these two teams deserves an iconic name.

Moving on to the topic of this article, which is Pakistan’s record against England in England in Tests over the years, the history between these two teams is very interesting and full of insights. Before going back in flashback to see the history of these two teams in Tests, let us remind you that Pakistan defeated England for the second time in the recently concluded four Test series to level it at The Oval.

The Oval is the ground where it all began as it is the same venue where Pakistan registered their maiden Test win against England and it was the same venue where they levelled the series this time.This makes it quite interesting because Pakistan are among those rare sides to register their first Test victory against England in England, and not at their home.

Excluding Australia and England, Pakistan is surely the only team to have performed well from the day they got the Test status but it was probably for the one or two series in the beginning. After 1954, Pakistan could not register a single win against England in England till 1982, which they won under the leadership of Imran Khan. That win was again an interesting victory because they won that match at the iconic Lord’s and as it is known that Pakistan’s both win in the recently concluded Test series in England came at Lord’s and The Oval. ALSO READ: Younis Khan, Yasir Shah inspire Pakistan to draw level against England at The Oval: Twitter reactions

This surely makes both these venues very special for Pakistan and lucky as well. Pakistan lost the 1982 series but their revival was clearly visible from then, as Pakistan were nearly invincible for next 14-years against England in England. After 1982, they won three back-to-back Test series in England in 1987, 1992 & 1996 and that information is clearly available in the below infographic.

Infographics by Abhishek Kumar | Designed by Neeraj Katale
Infographics by Abhishek Kumar | Designed by Neeraj Katale

As we look into the above infographic, Pakistan’s downfall can be noticed after 1996 against England in England as the big and star players from the side started retiring and team went into transition mode. Pakistan managed to draw the 2001 series but lost very badly in the next two in 2006 & 2010. Not to forget that the spot-fixing scandal in the 2010 series almost made it look possible that Pakistan may not able to emerge further as a big Test playing nation.

But thanks to their captain Misbah-ul-Haq, who has been a father figure for the team and leading the side very bravely in the 2016 series. Also, there were lot of talks on Mohammad Amir’s comeback — one of the three players who were involved in spot-fixing scandal in 2010 series. But captain Misbah and the entire team handled every criticism positively throughout the series and made sure that it did not affect them during the match. ALSO READ: The day Pakistan became Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan’s both victories in this series, which came at Lord’s and The Oval, are surely among the best wins in Tests and there is a possibility of their revival in Test format from here on, like they did in 1982 or may end up like 1954 and follow some further bad patches in this format of the game. Well, let’s leave that on time.

Pakistan’s victory at The Oval proved once again that like Lord’s this is their another lucky venue in England. At both Lord’s and The Oval, Pakistan have so far won four matches each. But at The Oval they have lost only three, whereas at Lord’s they have lost four. Since the series ended at The Oval, so let us also have a look at their previous wins at this iconic venue where England played its first international home Test.

Infographics by Abhishek Kumar | Designed by Neeraj Katale
Infographics by Abhishek Kumar | Designed by Neeraj Katale

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with Criclife.com. He can be followed on Twitter @abhik2593 and on Facebook at abhicricket.kumar)