With the Pakistan vs England series starting from 13th October comprising of 3 test matches, 4 One day Internationals and 3 T20’s matches it will be tough test for the England team as pitches in UAE are suitable for spinners.
When England played Pakistan here 3 years ago in test series, Pakistan whitewashed England 3-0. It will be an interesting series as England are high on confidence whereas Pakistan will be confident to repeat their performances.
Here we look at the top 5 players to watch out in England and Pakistan series-
- Yasir Shah
Yasir Shah has been leading spinner for Pakistan since the past 1 year. Last year against Australia he picked lots of wickets and helped Pakistan to win the series 2-0. Against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka he picked 24 wickets and put the pressure on the opposition batsmen bowling good consistent line and length. With the test matches at Dubai, Abu Dhabi helpful for the spinners his role is to pick wickets and put pressure on the batsmen by not leaking runs. Yasir Shah has a lot of variations in his bowling and with England batsmen not good players of spinners; he will become a much more lethal bowler.
- Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali has become a good all-rounder for England. He has the capability of picking important wickets and also comes down the order to score important runs. In the recently concluded 2015 Ashes series, he scored vital runs down the order and also picked vital wickets. With the pitches helpful for spinners, his role becomes more important. He might open in the first test match as Adam Lyth has been dropped from the squad because of poor form. England fortunes depend upon Moeen Ali performs with the bat and ball.
Misbah-ul-Haq has been the pillar of Pakistan batting in test matches. He comes at number 4 and helps Pakistan to bail out of trouble. Last year against Australia he scored the fastest test century. Misbah-ul-Haq needs to lead from the front with his captaincy and also with the bat. With the pitches will be helpful for batting for the first 2 days, Misbah must score big and help Pakistan post huge totals.
- James Anderson
James Anderson is one of top quality bowlers in modern day cricket. In the recently concluded 2015 Ashes series against Australia, he swung the ball and did not allow the Australian batsmen to score runs freely. With the pitches in the UAE not suitable for fast bowling, Anderson needs to use his experience. His role in test matches is to pick early wickets and put pressure on the Pakistan batting line up. He needs to be at his best if England has the dream to beat Pakistan in the UAE.
- Younus Khan
Younus Khan is one excellent batsman in the cricketing world at the present moment. Younus Khan has a great record in test matches. In the UAE, he has a great record. He comes at number 3 and lays a solid foundation for big totals. Last year he scored huge runs against Australia and helped Pakistan win the series. Chasing a huge target against Sri Lanka this year he played a match-winning knock and helped Pakistan win the series. With pitches in the UAE helpful for the batsmen, it is a chance for Younus Khan to pile on huge runs and help Pakistan win the series.