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Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Kamran Akmal, in a Youtube video on Saturday, stated that England did not rely on shortcuts like the Men in Green after their recent defeat against a depleted opposition in the second One-Day International (ODI) at Lords. 

The 39-year-old claimed that the England players, unlike their Pakistani counterparts, didn’t rely on just one or two performances to get into the national side. 

“They are mentally very strong because they have been playing cricket. They haven't relied on shortcuts. They haven't made it to the side based on one or two matches. Everyone's number of matches and performances are there for everyone to see. The England players showed maturity. This benefited the England side who can play two teams now at one time. They have the talent and the players to do that. It was bad luck for Pakistan and that is all we can say. They should put in the effort in the last match. They should win the last match so that they have a bit of confidence going into the T20s. What is being done to Pakistan cricket is there for everyone to see,” Akmal said. 

The wicketkeeper praised the new England outfit for their performance against a more experienced Pakistan side. 

“England performed really well. The way they fielded and the way that they were led by Ben Stokes, who was outstanding. It did not seem like Pakistan would lose the way they did. We didn’t expect this performance. Our players had over 400 matches experience and they were up against a new England team with the collective experience of 108 matches. You see the difference in these cases and when you see the numbers or the on-paper sides,” he concluded. 

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