Pakistan should hit the ground running if they’re to have any likelihood against England of their three-Test collection which begins on Wednesday, coach Misbah-ul-Haq stated.
Six months since their final Test match, Pakistan go into the video games at bio-secure venues in Manchester and Southampton against an England crew that beat the West Indies 2-1 final month as worldwide cricket returned from the Covid-19 shutdown.
“We have to really come in this Test series right from the word go at our best if we want to win a Test series or a Test match,” Misbah informed reporters. “We’re aware that England have a slight advantage, but if we’re alert and go 100% in the first Test, that’s the only way we can beat England … otherwise we will find ourselves in difficulty.”
England have misplaced the first sport in eight of their final 10 Test collection, together with against the West Indies, however Misbah stated the hosts’ newest defeat might have been resulting from the lengthy break amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
“That was their first Test in a long time and obviously after that they played consistently,” stated Misbah, including, “…we should be ready for an England team that have had three matches of experience and won their last two Tests.”
Misbah stated his gamers had been mentally recent forward of the collection. “But Test cricket is different,” he added. “Once you’re in, pressures build sometimes, but we’ll try to keep it so they’re mentally fresh regardless of the results.”
Skipper Azhar Ali informed a information convention his crew had been wanting ahead to the problem, having drawn their final two excursions to England, most lately underneath Misbah in 2018. “We’ve prepared as best as we could in the time we had. The players have put in a lot of effort and we believe we’re ready for the Tests,” Azhar stated.
“Everyone is raring to go… We have to be on top of our game in all departments against a team like England… We have to have a clear mind and positive attitude that we can win matches here.”
Squad for first Test: Azhar Ali (captain), Babar Azam, Imam-ul-Haq, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseem Shah, Sarfaraz Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shan Masood, Sohail Khan, Yasir Shah, Abid Ali, Fawad Alam, Asad Shafiq.