Published On: Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Misbahul Haq in the most challenging Test tour



Misbahul Haq, after his birthday bash, is going to lead Pakistani cricket team for most challenging Test tour after a long time.

The Pakistan’s very victorious captain who has obtained a status as one of the calmest heads around stated that “The England tour is going to be tough so we have been preparing extensively for it,” he was stating in an interview “We will prepare further when we get there. We will play a couple of four-day games before the first Test (at Lord’s from July 14), which should help us acclimatize well.”

Test cricket in England is usually a test of batting talent and temperament, particularly for batsmen raised on flat Asian tracks. Misbah, who is up till now to perform in a Test there, is conscious of the challenge the appearing and wavering conditions pose. But instead of making things more complex, the 61-Test experienced player desires his players to perform with a clear mind.

The player stated that “The greatest difficulty is the movement in the air, while sometimes there is the exaggerated seam to deal with as well,” he further added “The conditions where we play don’t normally have that much seam and swing. In England, one needs to be disciplined yet capitalize whenever a scoring opportunity arises. Batsmen need to be clear in their head when deciding if a ball is to be played or left alone and need to play a long innings when they get set.”

Pakistan and Misbah designed their approach around assaulting the spinners in the 2-0 series triumph in opposition to England on the sluggish low UAE tracks last year. But the skipper familiar with the similar game plan will not appropriate in England.

He continued that “Obviously we will [mostly] face fast-bowlers there, their spinner can’t be expected to bowl more than 15 overs a day,” he added, “Batsmen need to ascertain when to attack and when to defend.”

Pakistani batsmen have worked hard recently to tackle English conditions but Misbah is supporting his batting unit to resist the drift.

“The current line-up is settled and experienced,” he continued “We are mentally prepared to cope with what their bowlers have to offer.”

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