Wahab looks positive ahead of the first test against England


Wahab Riaz looked extremely positive during the press conference and stated that Pakistan’s strong bowling line will definitely test English batsmen.

“The quality of bowling we have, England should be worried about it. Yasir Shah bothered English batsmen in Dubai and was the Man of the Series there, on the other hand , we have Amir back in the ranks and that certainly gives us an edge in fast bowling department,” said Wahab.

“We know what qualities these two bowlers (Yasir and Amir) have, we are very positive and hope that we can work out all the practice that we have been, during the actual contest and win matches,” he added.

On being asked about England’s performance against Sri Lanka in the recently concluded series, where they dominated the Islanders convincingly, Wahab denied the comparison saying Sri Lanka is an inexperienced side in contrast to Pakistan.

“I think Sri Lankan team is a bit inexperienced, whereas, our team is stable, we have been doing great in the test cricket for the past three to four years, there has been hardly a change in our batting line during the span. We also have a stronger bowling line, you cannot compare the two teams,” stated the 32-year old.

He also insisted that the playing conditions will also be different from Sri Lanka’s series against England as it was early summer and now it is exactly summer, the wicket will behave differently.

When the left-arm fast bowler was asked about players’ fitness, Wahab replied in a lighter mood saying, “I think whenever we are free we should be sent to Kakul”.

Riaz, recalling the incident when he clashed with Trott in the nets back in 2010, told reporters that no one is ruder than a Pakistan.

“He was a bit rude and when it comes to being rude, you can never beat the Pakistanis on it. We are the most rude when it comes to it.

“We are nice, but if somebody is rude we won’t spare it.”

The first test between the two cricketing giants will commence from July 14 at the historical venue of Lord’s.