Published On: Mon, Jul 4th, 2016

Hafeez and Masood opening duo for Lord’s Test



Ramiz Raja, ex captain and Test opener, stated that Pakistani openers will have their task cut out against English bowlers.

Ramiz, the international commentator, considers that good beginnings are very important if the tourists are to imitate the success of the 90s teams that won continuous series in England.

Ramiz was stating in an interview that he selected Mohammad Hafeez and Shan Masood as the opening duo for the Lord’s Test that starts from July 14.

The 57 year old Test experienced is expecting that Hafeez improves and makes good use of his form in the greatest format of the game. He told that “It has to be Hafeez and Masood for Lord’s and more than their techniques; I think their body language needs to be positive,”

He continued by saying that “Our record against England in recent years has been pretty special [Test series wins in UAE in 2012 and 2015] and openers must carry that feel-good factor.”


The previous Test tour of England in 2010 was torturous for the openers where they were alienated for a solo digit partnership an astounding six out of eight innings; Shan just made his debut three years afterward, whereas Hafeez did not characterizes in the series.

Ramiz has recommended his countrymen to not allow the past influence their performance. He told that “We have to forget what happened in 2010; this is a different team. Hafeez has loads of experience and he must make full use of his credentials. He can further enhance his pedigree and I am sure he is preparing adequately.”

Ramiz has played seven Tests in England, 341 runs at a standard of 34.10, anxious on covering the basics instead of perturbing on the accurate method to deal with the wobbling Duke Ball.

He further added that “They need to play basic common sense cricket and not worry about seam, swing, pace or bounce. Openers must know about their off-stump and when they get in they should look to score runs. At Lord’s for example the pitch becomes great for batting on day two and three, so make sure you cash in,”

He further continued by saying that “Openers need to give the team a lift in the dressing room, when they walk out the entire dressing room looks up to them and it is their job to calm the nerves by their actions and reactions against opponent bowlers,”


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