Tuesday, 25 January 2022

We’re capable of beating England in their own backyard: Azhar Ali

LONDON: Test captain Azhar Ali believes that his side is capable of beating England in their own backyard in the upcoming three-match Test series if the batting unit clicks to post 300-plus totals.

“I think that if our batting can put together totals around 300 or more runs, we have the potential to beat England. On recent tours, we have made strong comebacks and done well there,” Azhar said this during an online session with sports journalists here on Saturday before departing for England.

The 35-year-old Test captain dismissed concerns about the team’s young pace attack. “I believe we have a pace-cum-spin attack which can give England a run for their money. Youngsters like Shaheen Shah Afridi, Naseem Shah or Muhammad Hasnain have immense potential to succeed in English conditions while we have plenty of experience as well in our bowling,” he added.

The veteran of 78 Tests and 53 ODIs said he did not believe that his bowlers would face problems in England due to the new ICC Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for bowlers because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “I don’t think the ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball is a big problem.

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