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England- Pakistan Series

‘Not just another series win’



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England's captain, Ben Stokes, believes their victory in Pakistan is more than "just another series win." Stokes' team took a 2-0 lead with one match remaining by winning a tense second Test in Multan by 26 runs.

England had not beaten Pakistan in a Test series outside the UK in 22 years, and they had never won two Tests in an away series against them before.

"We know what we've achieved, we know it's a very special thing in English cricket," said Stokes.

England had only ever won twice in 30 away Tests against Pakistan across 61 years before this tour.

The thrilling success in Multan came after a dramatic victory in the first Test in Rawalpindi to give Stokes' team their second win in the space of a week.

"We don't take it for granted, we know what we've come here and done, we know how hard it is to come to Pakistan," the all-rounder told Test Match Special.

The win is England's eighth in nine Tests since Stokes, 31, took over as captain. The series victory ends a run of three successive defeats away from home.

England will now look to complete a clean sweep in the third Test in Karachi, which begins on Saturday. Pakistan have never lost three Tests in a home series.

"To beat Pakistan in Pakistan is massive. Not for one minute are we going to think this is just another Test series win" said Stokes.