Pakistan likely to go with an unchanged side

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MANCHESTER: Pakistan has not made any change in the 12-men squad and they are likely to go with the winning combination of the first test.

Misbah Ul Haq has confirmed that Yasir Shah is fit and will play the second test match against England at Old Trafford tomorrow.

The Lord’s hero, Yasir Shah was struck on the left shoulder while batting in nets, the scan revealed that it was nothing serious and he is fit enough to play at Manchester.

“That was a wake-up call for him. It was a bit of a concern – but after the scan I think he’s okay. So no worries,” Misbah told reporters at Old Trafford during a press conference.

The 42-year, who scored a century in the first innings of the Lord’s test commented on playing Moeen Ali during that contest, “I back my ability to attack spinners, and use sweeps. That paid off in the first innings. It’s a match between ball and bat, sometimes you win it, sometimes it’s the ball.”

Misbah is aware of the fact that England has called their key players back and they will try to come hard at Pakistan, especially Yasir Shah to unsettle him.

“[England] can try to attack Yasir, it’s up to them what they want to do,” said Misbah. “We have to be ready for that challenge and Yasir knows that.”

As England is weighing to go in the contest with two spinner, i.e. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, Misbah said that they will respect whoever is playing and Rashid did pretty good against Pakistan in the UAE last year, “Adil got five wickets in the first Test in the UAE, so we respect whoever is playing.”

Pakistan’s allrounder, Mohammad Hafeez was banned from bowling in international circuit for 12 months by the ICC last year for having an illegal bowling action. The ban officially ended on the fourth day of the first test match, however, the Professor has to undergo a bowling test and clear it to bowl again at the big stage.

The 35-year old has been working to rectify his bowling action and can take the test in the gap between second and the third test.

Misbah said, “That could give us a big advantage, if we have him [bowling] when the opposition have four or five left-handers,” he also told, “He couldn’t work on it before the injury, so now he needs time to get ready before he is tested.”

The most successful test skipper of Pakistan addressed the issue of poor performance by Pakistani openers in England and stated, “That can happen in these conditions against the new ball.”

“Don’t be impatient, we have to give them confidence and back them. We’ve got to believe they can deliver, that’s the only way,” he concluded.