Despite having a phenomenal and a deadly bowling unit, things have been awry for Pakistan since the turn of the decade. The Asian side hasn’t toured too frequently, but the results of their previous tours of England, Australia and South Africa inspire no confidence at all from the unit. During their last tour of England in 2010, the Pakistani batsmen were rolled over for below 100 on three occasions.
On the sidelines of Pakistan’s ongoing tour game against Sussex, skipper and veteran batsman Misbah Ul Haq reiterated the need for his batsmen to step up in the daunting conditions of England. The 42 year old spoke with optimism as he backed his unpredictable batsmen to do well for the upcoming series against a side that has dominated all outfits lately.
“This is the biggest challenge for us in a long time,” Misbah said. “This is the best chance for us, and me as a captain, to perform here especially in these conditions. That’s the point we have to prove. “To perform in England, Australia, even South Africa, these are the tours where you really develop your team. The 2010 tour, I think, was a tough tour, but guys like Azhar Ali did well in tough conditions and situations, and that makes you a better player.”
“Whoever comes from Asia in these conditions, the batting really has to stand up,” Misbah said. “If you can put good scores on the board, the Pakistan seam attack is good, and we’ve got the best spinner at the moment who’s really bowling well. We really have to stand up as a batting unit and give them good scores, and we are capable of doing well against them,” the middle order batsman added.
Backing the mighty talented Mohammad Amir to do well this time around, he said, “I think he’s bowling really well even on flat tracks in T20 cricket, one-day cricket, four-day cricket.” “His pace is there, he’s swinging the ball, he’s got all the tricks to get batsmen under pressure. But one more thing is that he’s more mature. He wasn’t that mature at that time , but that maturity can help him now.”