England skipper Andrew
Strauss was delighted to see Steve Harmison return to top form after his
match-winning display in the second Test.
took 11-76 to become the first man to take 10 wickets in an Old Trafford
Test since Jim Laker against Australia 50 years ago.
"The wicket suited our
bowlers better and Steve Harmison was the difference between the two sides,"
"It was great to see
him coming back to form - he was outstanding."
Strauss, who will
skipper the England team for the next two Tests in the absence of Michael
Vaughan and Andrew Flintoff, also praised spinner Monty Panesar, who took
"Monty did everything
that he was asked and bowled like an experienced spinner," said Strauss.
"We can take a hell of
a lot of positives from this match and hopefully the Headingley pitch will
also suit our bowlers.
"A lot of things went
our way but we were magnificent. It was a pleasure to captain the team
because of the way they applied themselves."
thanked Old Trafford groundsman Peter Marron for serving up a lively wicket
"I was glad we lost
the toss as I fancied my chances to get bounce out of the pitch," said the
"The more I bowl the
more consistent I get and I felt it coming back during the Lord's Test.
"But Monty [Panesar]
was awesome. A lot of things have been said about him but he just gets
better and better."
England coach Duncan
Fletcher, although satisfied with his side's display, warned against
complacency going into the third Test at Headingley starting on Friday.
"The victory gives us
confidence but we don't want to be complacent - there's a lot of cricket
still to play," said Fletcher.
"Harmison and Monty
were given a wicket that was useful to them and they used it to their
"We've been promised
bouncy wickets for a long time but this is the first one we've had in
England for a long time."
acknowledged that Pakistan's batsmen were "very good players of spin" said
the key to his success was not trying to experiment too much.
He said: "I was just
trying to get the ball in the right area, apply pressure and stay patient.
"There was turn there
but I was just keeping it simple, not trying to bowl magic balls.