Pakistan defeated England in the first Test match by convincing fashion by 75 runs but former legspinner Abdul Qadir has warned that the team must not be complacent ahead of the second Test match and must keep their focus because England will come hard at them in the second Test at Manchester.
“I think England lost the first Test as they picked a weak side, considering Pakistan as an easy victim. The morale of England was high as they had beaten India and Sri Lanka in previous series. They ultimately had to pay the price in the shape of the defeat.” said Qadir according to Dawn.
The former leggie added, “I would like to warn Pakistan that England will not give more them time to relax in the remaining three Tests. Our players should play the next games with fresh minds without getting complacent.”
Yasir Shah was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers with ten wickets in the match and England found it tough to counter the legspin bowling and he lauded the bowling of the spinner. Shah has also topped the ICC rankings for the first time due to his performance.
“The English team always finds it difficult to face a leg-spinner and Yasir took most of the wickets by varying his pace without using a googly,” he said.
Qadir also praised Misbah’s decision to give Amir a bowl in the final few overs instead of giving the ball to Rahat Ali, who was closing in on a five wicket haul, in order to boost Amir’s morale.
“Rahat could have taken five wickets had Misbah not introduced Amir back into the attack to grab the last two wickets of the second innings.
“I believe Misbah wanted to boost Amir’s morale by giving him a chance to take some wickets. Overall, it was a good strategy,” he said.
The second Test match between Pakistan and England is set to begin at Lord’s on Friday 22nd of July.