‘England have to survive the spin attack’


Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes his country can beat England when the two sides clash in a Test series in the UAE, starting from 5 October.

Although England have just beaten Australia in the Ashes, Akhtar feels the Three Lions will struggle to cope with the spinning tracks that will be prepared.

Akhtar, who took 178 wickets in 67 Tests, said: "England have to perform at their best. Pakistan are going to make a spinning track and focus on reverse swing. The spinners will be a very destructive force.

"England have to survive the Pakistan spin attack, which is our strength right now, and I want them to come out in the UAE and make a spinning track and hammer England.

"England may have won the Ashes, but they weren't very consistent even though they won some of the Tests comprehensively. So I want the fast bowlers to come out and do the magic with the reverse swing.

"The pitch isn't going to be supportive but it's going to swing and it's how you do that, that's important. I think it will be a good series, England has a point to prove but Pakistan has something to achieve."

England will play three Tests, four ODIs and three T20s on their tour to the UAE.