Published On: Wed, Jul 13th, 2016

Test against England will be toughest of Misbahul Haq



Saeed Ajmal, the ex-world’s top bowler, has stated that the Test series in opposition to England will be a hard test of Misbahul Haq’s captaincy, thinking the severely diverse situations Pakistan are anticipated to encounter from their adopted UAE home.

Misbah, the nearest buddy of Ajmal, is Pakistan’s very triumphant Test captain but has gazed for patient batsmen and spinners to supply on dead tracks. As a batsman, the 42-year-old is as well very much at relieved in opposition to slow bowling.

Nevertheless, Pakistan’s pace line-up is naught to be mocked at, with Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan and Sohail Khan everyone having the ability to the problem any batsman on their day. Misbah can as well urge leg-spinner Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar.

He said that “Misbah uses spinners really well — better than he uses pacers — so I feel it will be a test of his captaincy as Pakistan will have to rely heavily on their pace attack if they are to do well against England,” Ajmal further stated “He has his own method and wants his bowlers to bowl accordingly, thus it would be important for Pakistan’s bowling attack to maintain discipline.”

In addition to the off-spinner thinks, Pakistan will charge well in the initiating Test if they play five bowlers rather than the conventional four. Ajmal told that “I would urge Misbah to play with one batsman less and go for five frontline bowlers in the Lord’s Test because the openers struggled in the tour matches and Azhar Ali is capable of opening the batting,” Ajmal continued “Pakistan have to take a gamble because they have a good chance of winning the Lord’s Test.”

The 38-year-old as well thinks the visitors can win heart from the means their batsmen played in the warm-up matches. He further added “The good thing for Pakistan is that their batting has clicked so far and the only worry is the openers,” Ajmal continued that, “People think our bowling will do wonders in England but it is not as simple as it looks. Apart from Amir, I don’t think we have many good exponents of the new ball though Imran is decent.”

Ajmal was the main performer when Pakistan beat England in 2012 when they came in the UAE as the world’s top side, and the Faisalabad-born considers the bowlers should once more perform.

He said “It’s important to get the length right in England and not get carried away by the bowling-friendly conditions,” he further told “Our bowlers would have to bowl tight lines and forward lengths or they won’t be able to trouble the English batsmen. A lot will depend on Amir and Yasir, and the leg-spinner will have to adjust quickly because in England the ball skids instead of spinning.”

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