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Waqar Younis looks ahead to the England series

Waqar Younis talks about how lockdown has effected Pakistan, the upcoming England series and more.

  • Our situation is similar to a Training Camp that we are all familiar with in Pakistan.
  • Bigger squad has allowed us various options and allowed us to gel together better.
  • 3 month lay off due to covid-19 in some cases provided a rare opportunity to rest and now we are dealing with rustiness - both physically and mentally.
  • We have another 4-day match next week and then the Test series begins.
  • We are doing more than 100% to reach a point where we challenge the English team.
  • Our record in England is quite good
  • England-West Indies Test series has proved, in spite of my apprehension, that lack of saliva on the ball is not a huge setback for the bowlers.
  • All the playing squad and management are learning as much as they can from watching and we know only Old Trafford and Southampton is going to be used.
  • Calling Aamir should be seen as positive step for he brings in experience although his pulling out of Test cricket didn't go that well in Pakistan.
  • Will try our best not to dishearten the young pacemen because it was them who showed guts to stand up to Australia and then home series against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
  • No bowler from England or West Indies has complained about the playing conditions, which is good for us.Bit surprising because use of saliva for me at least was habitual.
  • Comparisons are not fare but I see Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah enjoying a long international career for Pakistan.
  • Youth has always played a crucial part in our victories of 1992, 2009 and 2017.
  • Junaid Khan has simply been left out by the selectors due to what they see as inconsistency. My rift with him is laughable.
  • Having to play on slow and sluggish conditions in UAE was not so great for pace bowlers. Hopefully they can make up with opportunities all around the world.
  • I am not in a position to say anything on the retirement plans of Hafeez and Shoaib Malik - since the t20 World Cup has been postponed by a year