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England showed against Pakistan that they have all the tools to win | Mike Selvey

How Jimmy Anderson put the team on the road to victory at Edgbaston brought to mind Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis

England are learning not just to win but to win in adversity, another box ticked. Last year, against New Zealand at Lord’s,they overcame a first-innings deficit and were victorious and now, at Edgbaston on Sunday, they have done it again. They might have folded on the third evening, when Alastair Cook and Alex Hales went out with England 103 runs behind, but so positively did they bat, fed by some modest bowling at a time when Pakistan ought to have been hammering home their advantage, that they shifted the game in a session. By the time the teams took the field on the fourth morning the momentum was with England and Pakistan, knowing they must bat last, would already have seen the signs.

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