Old Trafford conditions will assist Pakistani bowling, says Rixon
Pakistan’s newly appointed fielding coach has stated Pakistani bowling attack will get more help in Old Trafford than they got from the playing condition of Lord’s.
Old Trafford usually have some extra bounce in the wicket and as per Pakistan’s fielding coach, it will benefit the visitors.
“This pitch will suit both forms of our attack,” he said. Pakistani pacers, specially the returning Mohammad Amir could not make a strong mark in the first test, however, he is expected to do better now.
“I think our seamers will do very well here with the extra bounce. They had a role to play in the last game, but probably didn’t start as well as they would have liked,” he added, “Amir can move on now. And I do congratulate the Lord’s crowd again because they absolutely embraced him. They could have made life very hard for him, but they were very good. Fair play to them.”
Rixon exhibited his faith on the Lord’s hero, Yasir Shah and said that all of the test teams will struggle against the world no. 1 test bowler.
“Generally speaking, Yasir will have a major effect in any game of cricket,” Rixon said. “It doesn’t have to turn a lot for him to have an impact.”
He went on to say, “When you have magnificent control you are in the game and there are very few who have had that. Shane Warne is one and Yasir is rightfully sitting at the top of the tree for that reason.”
“Most countries around the world play wristies (wristspinners) quite poorly to be honest, so to see someone master it and play them well is a treat to see but I haven’t seen a lot that do that yet.”
The former Australian hailed the spirit of Pakistan team. He seemed impressed with the physical fitness that Pakistani players have attained after the boot camp at Kakul.
“What we’ve got is a group of youngsters who we are getting up to speed and building a culture,” he said. “I wasn’t there for the boot camp but it obviously did make a big difference. It was part of an overall culture change. Now we have to rebuild that culture and make sure everyone is on the same page.”
On the other hand, Rixon has warned Pakistan of the threat imposed by England’s most successful pacer James Anderson and the allrounder Ben Stokes.
“Jimmy Anderson is a great bowler and he’ll be a treat in any side,” Rixon said. “He and Stokes are very fine cricketers. They will add to the England attack and overall composition of the side. We are expecting as hard a game as we’ll get in the series right here.”
“Having won at Lord’s, the pressure is probably on us. So we need to get our game in order. If we do that and win here, then happy days. But if we lose here and the momentum swings the other way then we have two games in Birmingham and The Oval which create a lot of pressure for our youngsters. So it’s very important we get it right here.”