Pakistan on Thursday announced its 11-member squad for their second practice game against Sussex. While the team management opted to retain the same batting line-up that played in the first three-day game against Somerset earlier this week, there are three changes in the bowling line-up.
Mohammad Amir and Yasir Shah, who performed brilliantly in the first practice game against Somerset, have been rested. While Amir bagged three wickets in the first innings, Yasir took four in the second innings of the three-day encounter, which ended in a draw.
Impressed by their bowling, Somerset coach,Matthew Maynard, heaped praise on the duo. He even compared Amir to legendary pacer Andy Roberts.
“He’s got that pace, he’s wiry, he’s got a change-up, you don’t see that too often these days. He’s someone who almost bowls at 90 percent, 95 percent of his capabilities and then he throws that 100 percenter in, that change of pace up, like the old great Andy Roberts. We don’t see that as often these days,” Maynard said.
Rahat Ali,who had picked up five wickets against Somerset, has also been rested for the upcoming game.
Pleased with his team’s performance against Somerset, Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur said:“We had a pretty decent outing against Somerset. I expect everyone shall maintain and improve on standards on display at Taunton in batting, bowling, and fielding.
“We have to keep up with the benchmarks we have achieved so far, with the same intensity. Slacking off at any point would not be acceptable.”
The first Test of the four-Test series will start on July 14 at Lord’s.
Pakistan’s squad for the three-day game against Sussex:
Mohammad Hafeez, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Younis Khan, Misbah-ul-Haq (captain), Asad Shafiq, Sarfraz Ahmed (wicket-keeper), Wahab Riaz, Sohail Khan, Zulfiqar Babar, Imran Khan.