Pakistani batsmen will have to be smart to tackle Anderson, says Ramiz Raja


Karachi: Pakistan’s former captain Ramiz Raja declares James Anderson a real threat for Pakistan during the England tour. He also said that Pakistan must begin the series with regular openers but in case of a setback they could look towards Azhar Ali.

“Initially the series should start with regular openers and in case of any failure Azhar can be utilized”, said Raja. He went on to say, “Runs are very essential in winning a test match and if our batting clicks it will be a big bonus.”

The former captain Ramiz Raja while discussing the England tour said Azhar Ali will have an important role to play. Pakistan team will be leaving on Saturday night for England to play its 4 Tests, 5 ODIs and one T20. He further said, the biggest challenge for Pakistan during the test series against England will be James Anderson’s bowling, who recently claimed 21 wickets in 3 matches during the home test series against Sri Lanka.

He said, “After watching James Anderson’s impressive bowling against Sri Lanka, it seems Pakistan batsmen will also remain under pressure. Our batsmen will have to develop an effective strategy to play him.”

He further said “On technical grounds Pakistan’s batting is very limited therefore they will have to be smart with their strategy. In today’s cricket, it’s difficult to keep down the run rate, batsmen keep taking singles and hitting boundaries whenever they get a chance. Pakistani batsmen must break the shell and play aggressively.”

The world Cup 92 opener believes that Pakistan’s spin sensation, Yasir Shah will play a vital role in Pakistani’s success or failure on the tour. While speaking about Muhammad Amir, who was accused in spot-fixing, Ramiz Raja said “If the officials want him to play, then the management will have to speak to him to make him realize his responsibilities under the prevailing situation so that the team doesn’t face any unnecessary pressure.”

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