Kaneria ready to lead attack against England

Published: Wednesday, June 14, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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New Delhi:Hoping to make up for the pace of Shoaib Akhtar with his leg spin in the tour of England, Danish Kaneria said he was not bogged down by his new responsibility of spearheading Pakistan's bowling attack.

''I will try 101 per cent to step into Shoaib's shoes and lead our attack. I do not mind the pressure of being our main strike bowler,'' Kaneria wrote in his column for a website.

Kaneria said his two years experience of playing for county side Essex would come in handy in the four-Test series, which gets underway later this month.

''I take confidence from my success against them late last year and I think my two years of playing for Essex will be a great help to me in understanding how to bowl on English wickets,'' he said.

Kaneria said the void created by the absence of Shoaib Akhtar in the pace department would be taken care off by his replacement Shahid Nazir and Mohammad Asif.

''His (Shoaib) absence will give a young player an opportunity and we have seen already with Mohammad Asif what great talent we have in Pakistan,'' Kaneria said.

Kaneria said the though injury depleted, England would be tough opponents at home with talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff leading the side.

''Flintoff is the kind of cricketer who you cannot keep out of the game, in both forms of cricket,'' he added.

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