‘Anderson is a threat’ says Shan ahead of England Test series


Derby: Pakistan’s opening batsman Shan Masood said that England’s bowling attack would be a real threat for them in upcoming Test series, especially James Anderson, one of their frontline pacers.

“We all know how good Anderson is and all of his records. Obviously, he is a threat for us, in fact, the whole bowling attack of England,” said Masood while talking to Pakistan journalists via video link.

“I last faced Anderson in England in 2016 and I know I wasn’t too good against him but the time has changed now. A lot of things changed in the last four years, I have improved myself and looking forward to facing him once again,” added Masood while replying to a question.

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The left-handed batsman assured that the team is more concentrated on things that are under their control instead of focusing on strengths of the opposition. “See, we started off well here with two weeks of useful training sessions. We are still left with three weeks before taking on England in the first Test, I think there is enough time to prepare ourselves strong for the challenge,” he maintained.

“Obviously, they will have an added advantage of home conditions, plus they will be in touch after playing three Tests against West Indies. But, as I said, our focus will be fully on what we can do to overcome them,” he added upon being asked.

Talking about his personal expectations from this tour, Masood said that being an opener he will try to provide a solid start to his team. “An opener’s job is to score runs and I always try to fulfill my job. I am practicing hard with Younis Bhai and trying to get rid of my weaknesses,” he concluded.

It must be noted here that Pakistan will play three matches Test series against England from August 5.

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