While international cricket has just returned with the ongoing Southampton Test between England and West Indies, Pakistan are now preparing to face the English team in their home which will begin from the early next month. Pakistan’s batting coach Younis Khan has recently named one England cricketer who can be the biggest threat for them in the upcoming international matches.
While the Pakistan team already reached in England and started their training, they will play the three-match Test series and three-match T20I series in this tour between 5th August and 1st September 2020.
Former Pakistan captain and present Pakistan batting coach Younis Khan feels that the 25-year-old England fast bowler Jofra Archer can be a threat for them in this tour. Khan has gotten the proof of his strong nerve by watching his bowling in the crucial super over during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final, which was tied but England won that game on the boundary countback rule.
According to Cricket Pakistan, Khan told AFP, “He (Archer) is a real match-winner and a threat. Archer has strong nerves which he proved while bowling a crucial super over in the World Cup final. He has bite in his bowling and his high arm action is very good and gives him nip in his bowling.”
Apart from his successful journey in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Archer also impressed during the Ashes 2019 at home where he finished as the third-most wicket-taker with 22 wickets.
I have told the batsmen to play close to the body and play on the back foot: Younis Khan advised the Pakistan batsmen to face Jofra Archer
To handle Archer, Khan has advised the Pakistan batsmen to face him close to the body and on the back foot as his in-swinger can be dangerous.
Khan said, “There is hype around him so that can be an added pressure on him. I have told the batsmen to play close to the body and play on the back foot because his in-swinger can be very dangerous. I remember playing him in the side game. He got five wickets in the match but was not on top of his bowling at the time like he is now.”
Though Younis Khan also praised both the experienced English pacers James Anderson and Stuart Broad, he feels that both of them can be handled properly in August due to the dry and lesser overcast condition in England.
Khan added, “Anderson and Broad have a wealth of experience. They are always a great pair. Whenever England have won they have the major share, but in August the weather will be dry and not very overcast so they can be handled properly.”
In the last two English tours (2016 and 2018), Pakistan managed to draw both the Test series. However, they haven’t won a Test series in England after their successful England tour in 1996.