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 Lordâ€™s.
â€˜Yousuf has Englandâ€™s attack on its kneesâ€™ cried a Sunday Express headline commenting on the Pakistani batsmanâ€™s unbeaten 185 that took the tourists from 66-3 to 409-7 in reply to Englandâ€™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 Lordâ€™s since English legend WG Grace.
â€˜Yousuf hands tourists a prayerâ€™, read a Sunday Mirror headline and the paperâ€™s match report had a series of references of how converting to Islam has brought a vast improvement in Yousufâ€™s performance.
The Daily Star headline read: Oh No, Not You Again and the catch line added, Mohammad torments Strauss.
Yousufâ€™s masterful display in which he made the English bowlers look mediocre lead one newspaper to scream â€˜We need Freddieâ€™, referring to England captain Andrew Flintoff who did not play the Lordâ€™s Test because of a recurring ankle injury.
The Independent on Sundayâ€™s headline was a bit less dramatic but aptly described Yousufâ€™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 NewsMore on:Mohammad Yousuf, Pakistan, Pakistan in England
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