The euphoria of Ashes victory at home is over. England now faces stern test in the low-turning tracks of United Arab Emirates against Pakistan. The three-Test match series shall kickoff on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi.
As this report was being prepared, Pakistan were 100/1 in the post-lunch session after electing to bat. Mohammad Hafeez on 56 and Shoaib Malik on 40 steadied the ship after James Anderson provided an early breakthrough for England. We will bring you further match reports and updates.
Former Ashes-winning captain Michael Vaughan has cautioned the English side before they take on Pakistan.
“This is the most difficult by a country mile because of the conditions and because of the inexperience of spin that England have got,” said Vaughan.
“I wonder if England have missed a trick with their preparation,” the former opening batsman also added.
England won the Ashes 3-2 this summer, and will play a 4-Test series against South Africa in winter. But according to Vaughan, the UAE tour is the toughest challenge.
Guys like Moeen Ali will be facing a new challenge as he is set to open the innings for the first time in Test cricket with skipper Alastair Cook.
“Every time he plays he’s got an amazing ability to contribute,” Cook said of Ali’s batting ability.
“We’ve struggled over the last two or three years for a guy to make that spot his own, so we’ve given him the opportunity. If he bangs out three hundreds he’ll be there as long as he wants to. ”
England will bank on their seam attack, as Pakistan will apply their spinners in tandem to win in favorable conditions.