Wahab Riaz keen on resuming battle with English batsmen


Pakistan’s left arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz is confident that Pakistan is prepared for the upcoming English challenge and he is looking forward to pressurizing the new English faces and hopefully get the better off the English side.

“I know they [England’s batsmen] are not as experienced as they used to be,” he told Sportsmail. “They have some new faces who are under pressure to perform, and if we can get Cook and Root out early, it will put a lot of pressure on England’s batting side.”

Wahab is also looking forward to the English challenge and particularly his battle with Joe Root because of their previous experience with the talented English batsman at Dubai last year. He is also keen on utilizing the conditions in England which tend to favor the fast bowlers especially when it’s cloudy.

“After the first Test in Abu Dhabi we worked out what he lacks and where he scores runs, so we made a plan of how to bowl to him,” he said. “Over here, the wickets will be much more even. We have made plans. It’s just how we execute them.”

“If it’s cloudy, the ball starts to swing more. If it’s sunny, you have to be more consistent and bowl into the stumps,” he said.

Wahab Riaz also said that the team has put behind the spot-fixing scandal in 2010 and wants to prove a point in England through good performances and avoiding any controversies.

“Whatever happened five or six years ago, it’s gone now,” he said. “This series will be very exciting for the crowd.”