Senior Pakistan batsman Younis Khan has said that he is relishing the prospect of facing England’s dangerous pace attack as his side prepares to return to the scene of the infamous spot-fixing scandal of 2010.
Facing Stuart Broad and James Anderson in the English condition will be a daunting task for the Pakistani batsmen but Khan believes that Pakistan’s familiarity with Stuart Broad and James Anderson will help them to face them confidently when the four-Test series begins at Lord’s on July 14.
The duo has been in superb form as they combined to take 33 wickets in the recent 2-0 win over Sri Lanka, with Anderson’s 21 wickets coming at just 10.8 runs apiece.However, Khan insisted that Pakistan will be a tough opposition for England.
“No doubt about Anderson and Broad – they are the top bowlers these days. But we play regularly against Broad and Steven Finn and Anderson,” he said.
“It is always a pleasure whenever you play in Lord’s,” Khan said. “The tradition and using that dressing room and that ground… in my mind it’s always a challenge and a pleasure for me so playing cricket in England is all about that.
Khan said that playing according to a plan will always bring success for a batsman against any bowler in any condition.
Khan has an impressive batting record in England. The right-hander has scored at an average of 52.22 in five Tests in England, hitting one century and three fifties.
“If you go there and play according to your plans you’ll be successful in any conditions and against any bowler.”
Khan,39, is now in the twilight of a career and remained coy on his future plans.
“Maybe it will be my final tour,” he said. “As a cricketer and as a top sportsman, I feel very comfortable with my fitness and my form so God willing (if) I perform the way I perform for my country maybe I will play for four-five more years, maybe.”