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We're fully confident to face England - Misbah-ul-Haq

We're fully confident to face England - Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq expressed that his side is confident of performing well in the upcoming three-match Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates.
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq expressed that his side is confident of performing well in the upcoming three-match Test series against England in the United Arab Emirates.

Pakistan enjoy a good record in the UAE and have beaten England 3-0 in their previous encounter in 2012.

Both England and Pakistan are heading into the campaign with some momentum following their series victories against Australia and Sri Lanka respectively. 

In a column for cricket.com.au, Misbah wrote that England cannot be taken lightly even though they have a relatively new-look side compared to the team which Pakistan faced in 2012.

“After winning the series against Sri Lanka and considering our past performances in the United Arab Emirates, we're full of confidence to face England.

“There is no doubt that beating them will be a huge challenge as they are coming here on the back of an Ashes win.

“England have a new team and, on paper, they may appear to be weak compared to the team we faced on their last visit in 2012.

“But keeping their recent performances in mind they have the team which can give us a tough time.

“They know the mistakes they made on the previous tour so they will be better prepared this time” 

In the 2015 Ashes, England’s bowling performance was too hot for Australia to handle, especially in the third and the fourth Tests, which ended inside three days.

Stuart Broad was the best performer in the Ashes with 21 wickets to his name, while James Anderson had 10 wickets from three matches.

Misbah stressed on the importance of seeing off the new ball against a quality pace attack, if they are to succeed in the upcoming Tests.

“England’s strength however lies in their pace attack, and we all saw what they did to Australia in the Ashes.

“They were extremely good with the new ball and also showed their skill with reverse swing.

“Even in the 2012 series here, albeit it was during the winter when the pitches had moisture, their pace attack didn’t let us post big totals.

“We struggled against their seamers hence surviving against new ball will be a key factor in this series.” 

However, Misbah also pointed out that England’s inexperienced squad will be susceptible to the quality spin attack of Pakistan.

“The inexperience of their squad in the Asian conditions will be their weakness.

“Most of their players are touring the UAE for the first time.

“It will be a challenge for their batsmen to bat on the slow pitches against our quality spin attack.”

England’s best batsman in the last couple of years has been Joe Root, who has scored 1001 runs from 10 games in 2015 at an average of 62.56.

Misbah made it clear that Pakistan will have to formulate a special strategy to get Root out early, considering his excellent run of form. 

“Joe Root will be their key player.

“He has scored runs at home and abroad and he is equally good against pace and spin.
“We will need to come up with special plans to tackle him.

“If you can control the threat of the opposition’s best player you stand more chances of winning.”

The first Test match of the upcoming three-match series between Pakistan and England will be played in Abu Dhabi between 13th and 17th October.

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