The tactics of Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum won praise all over the world as England picked up a thrilling 74-run victory over Pakistan in the first Test in Rawalpindi.
England players were watching on back home and were suitably impressed with what the saw.
Shout out to @OPope32 btw. How impressive has he been as a stand in keeper. Scored a 💯, kept for ages 1st innings & been leaping like a salmon down the leg side to snaffle a few catches. What a guy 🧤— Stuart Broad (@StuartBroad8) December 5, 2022
What a test match!!!! 🙏🏼👏🏼— Sam Billings (@sambillings) December 5, 2022
WHAT A WIN.— Saqib Mahmood (@SaqMahmood25) December 5, 2022
International stars - both past and present - were watching on too as the Test reached an enthralling climax.
How good is test cricket? 🙌— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) December 5, 2022
Amazing performance by England! It was their sheer self belief and all out aggressive strategy that won them the match. Big credit to Stokes and McCullum. Pakistan have a lot of thinking to do!— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) December 5, 2022
This pitch produced a result only cos Eng made 650 in 100 overs and declared potentially risking a loss. Well played England, well led @benstokes38 @englandcricket 👏🏽 #PAKvENG pic.twitter.com/pWbAH7vhWh— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) December 5, 2022
Congratulations @englandcricket 👏🏼 you guys totally deserve the win. Very clever and fearless display of cricket. excellent !🙌🏻 Great Fight By Pakistan Team as well Better luck in the next one!#ENGvPAK #Pakistan #test @TheRealPCB pic.twitter.com/ZgH89LWSBz— Saeed Ajmal (@REALsaeedajmal) December 5, 2022
McCullum/Stokes changing the way test cricket is to be played. Courageous, fearless positive mindset gets them a win in Rawalpindi on the most docile surface. I don’t think any other team in world cricket would have rolled the dice like that.Bring on the Ashes next year.👏👏— Mark Waugh (@juniorwaugh349) December 5, 2022
Remarkable test victory for England, Ben Stokes a true trailblazer.— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) December 5, 2022
We’re all look forward to the next test already. #ENGvPAK
Respected commentators around the world chimed in too.
Now that was incredible.. was hard to take your eyes off .. attitude and approach to admire from England #PAKvENG Congratulations.. that was entertaining stuff— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) December 5, 2022
What a time to land & tune into the #PAKvsEng Test. At the start of this Test everyone was saying #BazBall re the scoring rate, but he & Stokes are making a huge impact in the game with sporting declarations & holding back the new ball 👏🏽👏🏽— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 5, 2022