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Pakistan have good chance to beat England: Zaheer

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Former batting great Zaheer Abbas Wednesday said England were on the back foot after their latest defeat against Sri Lanka and urged Pakistan to exploit the situation during their tour next month.

Pakistan are scheduled to play four Tests and five One-day Internationals (ODIs) on their two-and-a-half month tour. The first Test starts at Lord’s from July 13.

Zaheer said Pakistan had a good chance to defeat England in the series, noting that England would be on the defensive.

Zaheer played 78 Tests between 1969 and 1985, scoring 5062 runs and with his stylish and elegant batting for Gloucestershire County became a batting legend in England. He is the only Pakistani to hit over 100 first-class hundreds, and excelled in English conditions which he feels are the most taxing for a batsman.

“My advice to the Pakistan batsmen will be to ‘be patient, take your time at the crease and play late and this is the main trick to bat in England,” said Zaheer, who said captain Inzamam-ul-Haq was the key to Pakistan’s batting.

“With both Pakistan and England having good bowling attacks, I think batting will be crucial and Inzamam will hold the key for Pakistan because he knows the conditions having toured England thrice,” he said.

“Pakistan’s batting revolves around Inzamam and the way he batted against England when they came here was remarkable.” Inzamam hit three fifties and two hundreds in Pakistan’s 2-0 series win last year.

Zaheer said Pakistan’s bowling attack was very good. “England were the most difficult side to beat when I played, but gradually other sides have become stronger and now Pakistan are one of the top sides,” he opined.
Source:The News

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