The third and final Test of the bilateral series saw Ben Stokes’ England demolish Babar Azam’s Pakistan, reviving their bid for the ICC World Test Championship’s second season. At the Karachi National Stadium, the Stokes-led England team thrashed the bewildered hosts by 8 wickets to complete a historic series sweep of Pakistan. It was their third straight victory over Babar and company. Interestingly, after his team’s resounding victory against Pakistan in the third Test match, England captain Ben Stokes matched the amazing achievement of former Indian captain Virat Kohli.

After England crushed Pakistan on Tuesday, Stokes became the sixth skipper to earn nine Test victories in a calendar year. As England’s captain in the 2022 season, the Englishman had nine victories and one loss. As the head of the Indian Test team in 2016, batting legend Virat Kohli, who is India’s most successful Test captain, won 9 games. Team India, captained by Kohli, was unbeaten in 2016. In a single calendar year, former captains Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, Michael Vaughan, Steve Waugh, and Clive Lloyd each led their teams to nine Test victories.

For the first time since 2010, England has won nine or more Test matches in a single year under Stokes’ direction. In the longest and most traditional style of the game, the Stokes-led England team also gave Pakistan its first home whitewash. Speaking about the Karachi Test encounter between the two nations, rookie Rehan Ahmed became the youngest bowler to collect a five-wicket haul in Test cricket while youngster Harry Brook hit a match-winning century (111). In the Test match in Karachi, England was victorious against Pakistan by an 8-wicket margin thanks to Brook and Ahmed. The Player of the Series award went to Brook, the matchwinner.

“We have a strategy for how we want to play; the problem is playing on all types of pitches. We kept to our plan and made excellent adjustments with the bat and ball. Everybody performed. There has been much talk about how we bat, but our bowling also held up. Everything boils down to faith. The belief we have on the team in what we were trying to do resonates with everybody, it’s unbelievable, and to be able to lead the group full of confidence, it’s amazing. Every person stood up at some point and put on some kind of match-winning performance,” England skipper Stokes said after the match.