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Like the West Indians before them, Pakistan have done English cricket a huge favour by agreeing to play a three-Test series which begins on Wednesday (August 5) at Emirates Old Trafford. Not many international teams would have agreed to spend the best part of a month cooped up in the less than salubrious surrounds of a Travelodge in Derby but that is just what the Pakistan squad have done. Towards the end of their time in the UK, the West Indies found life in the bio-secure bubble began to grate and their performances tailed off. The challenge for Pakistan over the next three weeks is to maintain their energy and enthusiasm.
They have a good recent record to defend. Pakistan have not been beaten by England since the 2010 series in this country, which they lost 2-1. In between times, they beat, or more accurately hammered, England twice in the UAE, in 2012 and 2015, and then drew their last two series here, two-all in 2016 and one-all in 2018. They have been somewhat of a bogey team for England and will hope to cause Joe Root’s team similar problems during this series, the last two Tests of which will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.
They certainly have the bowling attack, led by the excellent Mohammad Abbas, to be able to pose those problems. Abbas is a man who knows how to bowl in English conditions. He took eight wickets in the first Test of the 2018 tour at Lord’s and in 19 games for Leicestershire in the previous two seasons, took 79 wickets at an average of 20.67, with five five-wicket hauls in the process. The subtle skill of the 30 year-old will likely be complemented by the pace of Naseem Shah who has made such an impression in his short Test career to date and the left-armer Shaheen Shah Afridi. There’s also Sohail Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Imran Khan Sr, Usman Shinwari and Wahab Riaz in the 20-man squad. It is a strong collection of fast bowlers.
As they showed during the West Indies series, England too have a bowling attack to be reckoned with and they will be facing an inexperienced batting line-up. Aside from captain Azhar Ali, who has played ten Tests in England, the rest of Pakistan’s expected top six have nine appearances in England between them and Asad Shafiq alone accounts for six of those. Babar Azam, ranked sixth in the ICC’s world rankings, has played just one Test in England, during the 2018 series, and had his wrist broken by Ben Stokes. Although the likes of opener Abid Ali, two hundreds in three Tests, clearly have quality, how important might their lack of experience in England prove?