Pakistan test skipper Misbah ul haq is confident that Pakistan will put up a good show against England this time around but was circumspect in his statements regarding England team and was not willing to take them lightly on the account of their previous tour in UAE during 2012.
Misbah said at a press conference at Abu Dhabi ( via sports360.com)
“It’s a new series, we have to play three more Test matches,”
“It’s a different England team, obviously we’re confident and playing good cricket but at the same time England is also playing good cricket.
“We need to focus on our basics and we really need to work hard. That is what we’re looking for. We’re not just looking at the results. We’ll definitely go day by day, session by session.”
Yasir Shah has been brilliant off late in test matches and Misbah considers him as a trump card for the upcoming series.
“The way he is bowling, I think [Yasir] is a threat to every team,” Misbah added.
“Obviously, England knows that and we also know that he is our strength.
“At the same time, I think it’s about all bowlers. They all have to play their role.
“To win a Test match or series you can’t just only focus on one bowler. It’s a team effort, as a team you have to really perform well.
“We know Yasir is our strength but also our fast bowlers will definitely play a key role here with the new ball, especially in Abu Dhabi.”
Misbah was pleased to have Malik back in the whites and he added that as England have lots of left handed batsman and an off spinner could really come to the party. Extra options with the ball will also provide a cover for our fast bowlers who are at risk due to high temperatures of UAE.
“It is pretty clear [Malik] is playing really well and in good form,” said Misbah.
“He is here especially for his bowling, because before that Hafeez was doing that for us and with England having four or five left-handers in their lineup we just thought about that and another option of off-spin, especially with the kind of form he is in.
“In this sort of heat you need another bowler so I think that is a plus for us.”