‘Won’t let them dominate’ Naseem Shah on battle with Stokes, Root


Manchester: Pakistan’s emerging pacer Naseem Shah is ready to bowl England’s captain Joe Root and World’s number one all-rounder Ben Stokes in the first Test which starts on Wednesday.

The 17-year-old in an interview with Inews.co.uk said that Shaheens will not let England dominate in their own conditions.

“Joe Root and Ben Stokes are two cricketers I rate highly, and it will be great to test myself against them. I respect good players, but I do not fear them,” Naseem said.

“I will show them respect, but I will not let them dominate and I will not think that these guys are really good, world-class cricketers and that I should be concerned or worried about bowling to them,” he added.

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“I want to leave England this summer having created an impression on the opposition batsmen and with the fans. At the moment, they won’t know who I am, but hopefully, by the end of the tour they will know all about me,” he added.

The young pace sensation believed that it was vital to learn from the opposition in order to succeed at the highest level.

Naseem thinks that it is important to learn from the opposition in order to be good at the international level. “Learning from your own coaches and team-mates is vital, but I feel that watching the opposition bowlers and learning from them is almost equally as important,” he added.

The youngest bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket is a big admirer of veteran English pacer James Anderson and don’t want to miss the opportunity to learn from him.

“I’ll be observing the English bowlers very closely, to see how they bowl in home conditions. I’m a big admirer of Anderson who’s been such a brilliant bowler for so long. You don’t take hundreds of Test wickets without knowing what you are doing and to be around Anderson and have the opportunity to learn from him is something that I am not going to miss out on,” he added.

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