England have sealed a historic 3-0 Test series whitewash of Pakistan for the first time ever after a thumping eight-wicket win in the third and final Test at The Oval.
The victory was set up by a brilliant bowling performance from the England bowlers, who skittled Pakistan for just 173 in their second innings. James Anderson was the pick of the bowlers, taking 4-23, while Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes both chipped in with two wickets apiece.
In reply, England made light work of the chase, with openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley putting on an unbroken partnership of 154 to see the hosts home. Burns finished unbeaten on 81, while Sibley was unbeaten on 73.
The win was England’s first 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in a Test series, and it was a fitting way to end a dominant performance from the hosts.
England had won the first Test at Old Trafford by three wickets, before a comprehensive innings and 55-run victory in the second Test at the Ageas Bowl.
The series win was a huge boost for England, who had been struggling in the Test arena in recent times. They had lost their last two series against West Indies and Australia, and had not won a Test series since beating Sri Lanka in November 2018.
The victory was also a huge boost for captain Joe Root, who had come under pressure after a run of poor results. Root led from the front in the series, scoring a century in the first Test and a half-century in the second.
The win was also a huge boost for England’s new-look bowling attack, which was led by Anderson and Broad. The duo took a combined total of 24 wickets in the series, while Woakes and Sam Curran also chipped in with important contributions.
The victory was also a huge boost for England’s new-look batting line-up, which was led by Burns and Sibley. The duo put on a series of important partnerships throughout the series, and their unbroken 154-run stand in the third Test was the highlight of the series.
The win was also a huge boost for England’s new-look spin attack, which was led by Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid. The duo took a combined total of 11 wickets in the series, and their control and accuracy was a key factor in England’s success.
Overall, it was a hugely impressive performance from England, and one that will give them plenty of confidence heading into the winter tours of New Zealand and South Africa.