Need to play our top game to compete England: Wahab Riaz

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ISLAMABAD, May 27 (APP): Pakistani pacer Wahab Riaz believes England is very tough opponent in home conditions therefore the green-shirts would have to play their top game to compete with the English team.

Wahab said we need to adjust to the conditions and ensure that we test the England batsmen out thoroughly and test their weaknesses. “We have a good bowling line up with variety and there is a lot of potential to make the England batsmen work hard but the most important thing for our bowlers is to adjust to bowling in England and to get acclimatized as soon as possible.”

“It is absolutely crucial that we get used to the conditions and the wickets as soon as possible and I believe the Pakistani bowlers will test the England batsmen,” he told Pakpassion.net.

Speaking about the importance of Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan, Wahab said both Misbah and Younis have been great servants for Pakistan cricket over the years and have batted with great responsibility. “But also Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed have been performing consistently with the bat and have provided great support to Misbah and Younis.”

“I think it is vital that our batsmen prepare well ahead of the England series. Our batsmen have the capability to put up some good scores on the board for the bowlers to work with. Let us see what sorts of wickets are prepared for the series as the nature of the pitches will be very important,”
he said.

Talking about head coach Mickey Arthur, Wahab said working with a new coach is always exciting and interesting as they all work in different ways and have different ideas and philosophies. “Mickey was the head coach of Karachi Kings at the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and I am sure he will bring the best out of the players and will be a successful appointment,” he said.