Azhar sees opportunity to beat England in Tests scoring 300 runs
The Pakistan cricket team has high hopes for young fast bowlers like Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Mohammad Hasnain. Former captain Shoaib Malik has said that they have the bowling power to win the T20 World Cup this year. Just need the help of batsmen.
The current Test captain Azhar Ali is not thinking so far. He is keeping an eye on the upcoming Test series against England. Pakistan are going to England today (Sunday) to play three Tests and three Twenty20s. Azhar Ali has confidence in a group of young fast bowlers in that team.
Although it is difficult to win a Test series in England, Azhar feels his team has the bowling power to win the series. All that is needed is the support of the batsmen. Azhar doesn’t want too much. The Pakistan captain thinks that it would be enough for a batsman to score around 300.
“I think that if our batting can put together totals around 300 or more runs, we have the potential to beat England. On recent tours, we have made strong comebacks and done well there,”
Azhar said this during an online session with sports journalists here on Saturday before departing for England.
Much of the Pakistani captain’s courage lies in the young pacers’ sorted bowling attack. “I believe we have a pace-cum-spin attack which can give England a run for their money. Youngsters like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah or Muhammad Hasnain have immense potential to succeed in English conditions while we have plenty of experience as well in our bowling,” he added.
According to the new rules of the ICC, saliva cannot be used. Pakistan don’t have a problem with that. “Our pace bowlers usually sweat a lot and plus the Duke ball has a lot of wax coating so the shine remains for a long time and it can be polished with sweat. The bowlers get natural movement with the Duke ball in English conditions and not being able to use saliva means our bowlers can also try to reverse swing it more,” Azhar said.
Pakistan have played 15 series in England so far. Of which only 3 have won and 7 have lost. Their last series win came in 1996 when they toured England. However, Pakistan has drawn the last two series on English soil. Azhar Ali can take inspiration from there.