Pakistan beat us fair and square: Flower

England coach Andy Flower yesterday said that Pakistan's series-clinching Test win would be a huge boost to the country, but called on his team to show their mettle on subsequent matches in the subcontinent.

Pakistan thumped England by 72 runs in the second Test here on Saturday, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. They won the first Test by ten wickets in Dubai.

The third and final Test begins in Dubai from February 3. Under Flower England had been unbeaten in their last nine Test series, which saw them rise to number one in rankings last year.

"We realise that we haven't been very skillful in dealing with that type of cricket. In saying that, it's also right to praise the Pakistan team for what they have done. They beat us fair and square," said Flower.

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