Coach Misbah-ul-Haq has left no stone unturned in his preparations however Pakistan nonetheless look decidedly undercooked for his or her three-Check collection towards England in August-September.
Skipper Azhar Ali and his squad will uncover how a lot cricket has modified within the six months since their final Check, with COVID-19 curbs placing a cease to using saliva to shine the ball and forcing video games to be performed with out followers.
The majority of the squad arrived on Sunday after clearing a battery of checks and the matches might be staged in a bio-secure bubble, which is able to undoubtedly take a while to get used to.
England, nevertheless, ought to be well-versed in cricket’s ‘new regular’ by the point they face Pakistan, with their dwelling collection towards West Indies subsequent month to be performed in the identical type of bio-secure atmosphere.
Pakistan left England with their heads held excessive after their final two excursions, drawing each, most not too long ago underneath Misbah in 2018.
However England haven’t misplaced a house collection since 2014 and Pakistan’s callow tempo assault seems ill-equipped to finish that streak.
Of their frontline quicks, solely Mohammad Abbas has performed Check matches in England, with the thrilling Shaheen Afridi and 17-year-old Naseem Shah having solely 12 Check caps between them.
Medium pacer Sohail Khan, who toured England in 2016 however has not performed a Check because the Boxing Day match in Australia that yr, has been recalled so as to add his expertise.
“By way of variety of video games, in fact England have tons of expertise of their bowling,” captain Azhar stated earlier than leaving for England on Sunday.
“However we’ve the abilities: (our bowlers) are younger and have loads to supply. They may give bother to any group on this planet.”
‘FRAGILE’ TOP ORDER
Rory Burns, Dom Sibley, Joe Denly and Zak Crawley are vying for the highest three spots in England’s high order and Azhar noticed a chance.
“Taking a look at their batting, their high order has been fragile for a while since Alastair Prepare dinner retired,” he stated.
Pakistan’s bowlers will even be capable of name upon the information and expertise of coaches Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed, who gained a Check collection in England in 1996.
Former captain Younis Khan has additionally come on board as batting coach for the collection and has emphasised the significance of Pakistan’s batsmen posting a first-innings complete in extra of 300 runs.
The onus might be on Azhar and Babar Azam to offer the majority of these runs, with the opposite batsmen trying to bat in partnership with the mainstays and counter England’s various tempo assault, particularly the harmful Jofra Archer.
Pakistan have been whitewashed by South Africa and Australia of their final two away collection and chief selector Misbah, who enjoys appreciable energy in Pakistan cricket, might be decided to not endure the identical destiny in England.
Pakistan have historically most popular to wing it moderately than plan it and the England collection might be an excellent indication of whether or not Misbah’s makes an attempt to vary that method have made any inroads.