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Swann leads England to series win

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Mohammad Aamer, Matt Prior and Paul Collingwood

Mohammad Aamer is castled by the brilliant Graeme Swann with a delivery that pitched on leg stump and hit the top of off

Graeme Swann starred on the fourth morning as England wrapped up an innings-and-225-run victory by bowling Pakistan out for 147 in the fourth and final npower Test at Lord’s.

The off-spinner removed Azhar Ali, Mohammad Aamer, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Asif to claim figures of 5-62 and hand the hosts a 3-1 series victory.

James Anderson also chipped in with the wicket of Kamran Akmal, while Saeed Ajmal was run out by Stuart Broad.

Umar Akmal hit an entertaining unbeaten 79 and shared a half-century stand with Asif, before Swann removed the latter, caught at slip courtesy of an inside edge on to the boot.

Umar and Azhar started positively in the morning with the former hitting the first boundary of the morning via a beautiful cover drive.

Despite the boundary, Swann was looking as menacing as ever, finding sharp turn down the slope.

Umar continued to try and dominate him, though, finding the boundary again with a sweetly-timed cut through point.

But they could not get on top of Swann as he made the breakthrough to remove Azhar.

After bowling countless delivery that turned prodigiously, it was the straighter one that removed Azhar, beating the outside edge and clipping off stump.

And Swann's efforts seemed to inspire his team-mates as Anderson reduced the tourists to 64 for six as Kamran feathered one to Matt Prior.

The procession of wickets continued as Swann got rid of Aamer with a beauty that pitched on leg, turned and beat the edge to clip to top of off stump.

Umar Akmal

Umar Akmal had the freedom to play an excellent unbeaten 79 in a losing cause before Graeme Swann finished Pakistan's innings

Riaz seemed determined to follow Umar’s lead and get after the bowlers.

However, he failed miserably as he hit Swann straight to Kevin Pietersen at mid-on aiming an ambitious slog sweep.

Umar continued his aggressive approach, heaving Swann through midwicket before launching Anderson down the ground for another four.

Ajmal nearly departed soon after when Prior just missed a shy at the stumps with the batsman well short of his ground.

But it did not matter as he made the same mistake. This time Stuart Broad hit to leave Pakistan nine down.

Umar’s entertaining innings went on, though, as he launched Anderson for another boundary before smashing Swann into the stands over long-on.

Another four followed, via a slog-sweep over square-leg, to take the youngster to a 40-ball half-century.

The last-wicket pairing continued to frustrate England as Umar again launched Swann for a slog-swept six, before cutting him for four.

Two more boundaries, including a lovely drive over mid-on, followed for Umar to bring up the fifty partnership, to which Asif contributed just one.

However, they failed to get a single off the last ball of Broad’s over, leaving Swann to remove Asif and claim his ninth scalp of the match, sealing victory in the process.

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