BIRMINGHAM: Young Pakistani fast bowler Haris Rauf has said that he is eager and mentally prepared to play Tests in England.
Haris said this while talking to sports journalists during an online videoconference here on Thursday. “I have made up my mind that I want to play Tests in England. I will try my best whether I get the first, second or third Test. I will give my 100 percent whenever the team needs me and I am mentally ready and excited, I want to play Tests and I will do my best in the nets and practice matches, so that I can also get a chance in the Test team.”
Speaking his fitness, the youngster said: “Fitness is very important for a fast bowler. In the past 2 months or so, I have worked a lot on my fitness as we couldn’t work on skills. When you are fit then you maintain your pace as well. I think we all have worked hard on our fitness during the lockdown period.”
When Rauf started his career, he got the fame as a bowler, capable of bowling the fastest deliveries. When asked about it, he replied: “I always try to maintain my pace in the 144-145 kph mark. So my training is mainly focused on being consistent with it rather than thinking about bowling my fastest delivery. With a smooth rhythm, any day it can go beyond that as well. This England tour is the best chance for me to further prove myself and do my best for the team there.”