Pakistan’s opening batsman Shan Masood, who has arrived in England to play the three-match Test and T20I series, doesn’t want to underestimate England’s bowling and batting strength after they faced defeat in the first Test match against West Indies. Under the stand-in captain Ben Stokes, the host lost the match in Southampton by four wickets.
The Test regular captain Joe Root didn’t feature in the first Test as he attended his second child’s birth. His absence was felt as England failed to build innings with bat. However, as he returns in the second Test, Shan Masood is confident that Root will give stability to the team.
The two teams are playing their first bilateral series after three months since the outbreak of coronavirus. So, Massod believes Joe Root-led side, therefore, lacked resilience but will make strong in upcoming match.
“This is the first competitive match for both teams after nearly three months and I think the rustiness was evident in the home side. But I think they (England) have a lot of strong reserves to draw up from,” Masood said.
“When Joe Root returns to the side as captain, the batting will also be more stable,” he said on Tuesday.
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The 30-year-old Shan Masood said it would be a mistake to think that England is a weak side since they lost to the West Indies and that Pakistan can beat them. He added that Pakistan’s batting would be tested in front of England’s lethal fast bowling attack.
“England have a lot of experience and strength in their squad who have yet to play. And their top batting is also not brittle as some people believe. Don’t forget these same batsmen scored runs in South Africa when England won the Test series.”
“England have a great reserve of pace bowlers. Archer is not the only one to worry about as an opener but the remaining bowlers will also pose serious challenges in their own English conditions,” he said.
Shan Masood has been in and out of the Pakistan team. He had failed to cement his place whenever given the opportunity. But he came out as prolific run-scorer for Pakistan in their last three-Test series against Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Thus, he will be a significant contributor in Test series against England, starting from 5 August.