The Pakistan cricket group departed for England on Sunday. They are scheduled to play three Tests and as many T20 internationals against the hosts. The Pakistan squad of 20 gamers and 11 employees member left for Manchester and will then be transferred to Worcestershire the place they will endure a 14-day quarantine interval earlier than lastly resuming observe. England will play West Indies in a Test collection earlier than taking over Pakistan.
However, it seems like Pakistan have already recognized the areas to target against England. Pakistan captain Azhar Ali has revealed that his group are wanting to assault England’s “fragile top-order” throughout the upcoming Test collection. Ali mentioned that Alastair Cook’s retirement has made the English prime-order just a little weak and the guests will be wanting to exploit that weak point. The first Test will start at Lord’s on July 30.
“Looking at their batting, their top-order has been fragile for some time since Alastair Cook retired. They have tried a lot of combinations lately and might be looking a bit more settled, but they haven’t been really confident with it. So there is something for us in it to look at,” Ali mentioned earlier than departing for England in a chartered flight earlier in the day.
Since Cook’s retirement in September 2018, England have used six totally different mixtures at the prime-order of their 18 Tests. Only Rory Burns appears to have secured his place.
The Pakistan skipper, nevertheless, is in awe of England bowling assault in their very own circumstances led by the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.
“Their bowling attack is brilliant in their own conditions and there is no doubt about it,” Azhar mentioned.
“Other than Jofra Archer we have faced all of them – Broad, Anderson, Woakes, Stokes and even Wood was there, but we have still won against them.”
An inexperienced quick bowling bowling line-up is appeared upon as Pakistan’s weak hyperlink however Ali backed the likes of Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah Afridi to excel in English circumstances.
“In phrases of variety of video games, in fact England have tons of expertise of their bowling. But we’ve got the abilities: they (our bowlers) are younger and have quite a bit to provide.
“They may give hassle to any group in the world. In a really quick time, they’ve achieved quite a bit and that may be a good signal,” he mentioned.
“You can’t buy experience immediately, and for that you obviously have to play more, but then we have a very experienced coaching staff with Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed. Their expertise and knowledge can be utilised and they will be helping them.”
Soon after touchdown in Manchester, the total 20-member Pakistan will endure a 14-day quarantine interval.
All six video games of the tour will be performed behind closed doorways in a ‘bio-secure environment’.
(with PTI inputs)