Batsmen are confident before Test at Lord’s516 views
However rain diminished Pakistan’s training for the initial Test in opposition to England, selector Tauseef Ahmed continuously positive regarding the team’s probabilities for the match that begins at Lord’s on Thursday.
The last day of the three-day match in opposition to Sussex was scrub down yesterday but Pakistani batsmen got a fair run in the two innings of the previous match at Somerset and the initial innings at Hove — location for the Sussex game.
Tauseef thinks that the middle-order batsmen have taken sufficient training under their belt which is a better sign for Lord’s. Tauseef stated in an interview that “I think the batsmen, especially in the middle-order, have done very well and looked confident and in form before the first Test.”
Although the selector confessed that the top-order is an apprehension but if they get their performance mutually at Lord’s Pakistan will be a very alarming power for the hosts.
Tauseef further added that “Yes, Mohammad Hafeez’s form at the top-order is a concern but he’s a fine batsman who has loads of experience,” Tauseef continued “If our openers can give us a good start, the batsmen to follow can make a real impact against the English bowlers.”
Tauseef is of the view that the failure of pacer James Anderson for the Lord’s Test is setting to have a huge impact on the hosts.
He said that “Anderson is a world-class bowler; his absence will be felt without a doubt. I really feel that Pakistan batsmen can take advantage of the fact that he won’t be there to lead the English attack.”
Tauseef thinks as well that the team has spent sufficient time in England since coming for the series approximately a month prior to the initial Test, which he anticipates will have an optimistic tolerance on the team when they take the field on the hallowed Lord’s turf afterward this week.