‘We weren’t good enough at key moments’


England captain Alastair Cook said his side were not good at the crucial moments as they succumbed to a 127-run defeat against Pakistan in the third and final Test in Sharjah to lose the series two-nil.

The Three Lions certainly were well in the contest in all three games of the series, and almost pulled off a remarkable win in the first match which eventually ended in a draw.

However, a first innings batting collapse in the second Test in Dubai and another batting meltdown in the last innings in this game contributed to England's demise.

The Three Lions can take heart from the fact that their senior pacemen, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, bowled really well while Cook also lamented the loss of allrounder Ben Stokes in the final match through injury.

Cook said after the game: "We competed really well in all three of the games but at critical moments we couldn't dominate Pakistan, they are very resilient.

"We are lucky to have Jimmy and Broady, they are outstanding, but we have a very good seam attack. Losing Ben [Stokes] really hurt us, our seamers have done well to contain Pakistan.

"International cricket isn't just about learning, it is about getting results, and we weren't good enough at key moments."

The teams will now contest a four-match ODI series with the first match scheduled for 11 November in Abu Dhabi.