England series real test of young Pak side: Akram

Published: Tuesday, July 27, 2010, 13:31 [IST]
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'England a real test for young Pak side'

Karachi: Former Pakistan fast skipper Wasim Akram feels that the upcoming series against England will be a real test for the young Pakistan side under the leadership of newly appointed captain Salman Butt.

The series is set to start from Thursday at Trent Bridge where Pakistan will face England in the first of the four Tests.

Speaking to ESPN from London on Monday, Akram said: “Facing England at home will be a tough challenge. They are a very good side at home and it is going to be really difficult to beat them."

He, however, praised the Pakistan players for the way they managed a Test win against Australia after 15 years at Leeds, The Daily Times reports.

“I think it"s a great achievement and it will definitely instill confidence in the young Pakistan side to face the dangerous England at home. The drawn series versus Australia not only gives them a chance to compete against the 'Three Lions" but they can now very well harbour hopes of beating them as well," he said according to ANI report.

The swing bowlers were lethal for the Pakistan at Headingley as the conditions favored them, however, if the Test was played in Pakistan, then according to Akram, the spinners would have come into play.

“Had this match been played in Lahore or Karachi, then spin and reverse swing would have been more effective. All the three pacers Mohammed Aamer, Umar Gul and Mohammad Asif can do a bit of reverse swing and they would have been handful even on home turf," Akram said.

Pakistan coming from behind and winning the Headingley Test is a testimony of their ability to shake off any turmoil, both on and off the field, said Akram.

“To win a Test match against an Australian side especially after a drubbing at Lord"s and Afridi"s sudden retirement, tells about the character of this young team," he said.


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