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British media salutes Lords double-centurion Yousuf



The British press on Sunday paid glowing tributes to Mohammad Yousuf for his potentially match-saving knock on the third and fourth days of the first Pakistan-England Test here at Lord’s.

‘Yousuf has England’s attack on its knees’ cried a Sunday Express headline commenting on the Pakistani batsman’s unbeaten 185 that took the tourists from 66-3 to 409-7 in reply to England’s first innings total of 528-9 declared.

While most of the reports reflected the English frustration at the fact that Yousuf has become a regular pain for them, they also conceded that it was one classic knock.

One of the newspapers wrote that never had a bearded batsman played with such elegance at Lord’s since English legend WG Grace.

‘Yousuf hands tourists a prayer’, read a Sunday Mirror headline and the paper’s match report had a series of references of how converting to Islam has brought a vast improvement in Yousuf’s performance.

The Daily Star headline read: Oh No, Not You Again and the catch line added, Mohammad torments Strauss.

Yousuf’s masterful display in which he made the English bowlers look mediocre lead one newspaper to scream ‘We need Freddie’, referring to England captain Andrew Flintoff who did not play the Lord’s Test because of a recurring ankle injury.

The Independent on Sunday’s headline was a bit less dramatic but aptly described Yousuf’s effort as a blend of silk and steel that blunted England.

Yousuf went on to make 202, his fourth Test double century and second against England on Sunday as Pakistan ended their innings at 445.

Source:The News

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