Junaid inspired by Waqar

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Seamer Junaid Khan is eager to draw on the positive influence of new coach Waqar Younis, come next month's Test series against Sri Lanka.

Seamer Junaid Khan is eager to draw on the positive influence of new coach Waqar Younis, come next month's Test series against Sri Lanka.

Younis succeed former batsman Moin Khan earlier this year – and August will bring a second tenure as head coach. The former fast bowler held the position between March 2010 and August 2011, too.

"All the fast bowlers are still new to Test cricket as we have not played a lot in the longest format of the game. But having Waqar as coach will definitely help us improve due to his vast experience," said Khan.

"We will try to do well on a day-to-day basis before going up against Sri Lanka, who have senior batsmen like Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara."

Left-armer Junaid enjoyed a successful stint with the Lancashire Lightning in the T20 Blast – recently. His last eight appearances, in fact, brought a telling 19 wickets in the north division of England's premier domestic limited-overs competition

"I have performed well in England while playing for Lancashire, so my morale is really high going into the Tests series. The training camp is also helping us get in the rhythm for the Test format," he added.

Pakistan and Sri Lanka will meet for two Tests – at the Galle International Stadium and Sinhalese Sports Club Ground – between 6 and 18 August. Three ODIs will follow.

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