Pakistan’s star performer in Test cricket, Azhar Ali stated on Wednesday that England’s playing conditions would be tough for everyone be it the youngsters touring the country for the first time or players who have played there earlier.
“English conditions would be tough. They will be a challenge for everyone. Even players who have played there need time to adjust to English conditions,” Azhar Ali told media.
However, the top-order batsman urged everyone to back youngsters and the team can perform well if they play as a unit.
“We should back our youngsters who are going on the tour. When you have a new team and you are going on a tough tour, obviously it poses a big challenge, but if we play as a unit, back each other, then we can extract good performances,” he added.
He also believes that Pakistani pacers are good enough to exploit England’s playing conditions and trouble them in their home ground.
“The conditions there will favour fast-bowlers. We have a good bunch. They will trouble the England batsmen,” he said.
He anticipated that England will come aggressively at Pakistan as they have lost an away series against New Zealand so they would like to dominate the touring team in their backyard.
“England will come hard at us because they are coming back from losses against New Zealand away from home. They will try to win their home series,” he told.
Pakistan will be playing their first Test match after almost six months, which means Azhar Ali and other members of Test team have hardly played any competitive cricket during the span.
“Yes Pakistan is getting less number of Test matches, [whereas] we should be playing more, as the five-day game improves your cricket,” he said.
“We are playing Test cricket after a considerable gap of six to seven months. However, we have got good time to prepare, both in Pakistan as well as in England. If the weather remains fine, we will get good number of days before we face Ireland [in the one-ff Test match],” he added.
Pakistan last played a Test against Sri Lanka in October last year and they lost the two-match Test series 2-0. It was the first series after ‘MisYou’ era. Playing in England without the veteran duo of Misbah Ul Haq and Younis Khan would be a huge task for the Men in Green.