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Cricket: England in agony.


IT WAS a stomach-churning case of Ashes to Crashes for Michael Vaughan and his crest-fallen stars.

Shoaib Akhtar (5-71) and Danish Kaneria (4-52) blew and spun them to a demoralising 2-0 series defeat on the flattest of Lahore tracks yesterday.

And, after tasting the other extreme of cricket emotions, captain Vaughan attempted to soften the blow of losing so comprehensively to a resurging Pakistan outfit.

England's innings and 100-run defeat - collapsing from 205-2 to 248 all-out in embarrassing fashion - had Vaughan insisting: "We have to learn from the mistakes we made out here because in a few months' time we will be flying to India to play on similar pitches.

"But this is a team which is still growing and there's no such thing as guaranteed success in cricket.

'Just because we won the Ashes it meant people were expecting us to do the same out here. But it's not as simple as that. This was a different challenge and clearly one which was beyond us this time.

'Pakistan deserved to win the series."
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 4, 2005
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