Misbah expects a ‘different’ England


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq says he is expecting a different England side from the one that got whitewashed the last time they toured the UAE for a Test series.

It was in 2012 that an Andrew Strauss-led England side lost all three Tests to a Pakistan team that dominated the tourists with their spin bowling.

Misbah says he is confident that his team can play good cricket but knows England will provide a stern challenge after they beat Australia in the Ashes recently at home.

The 41 year-old Misbah said: "It's a new series, we have to play three more Test matches. It's a different England team, obviously we're confident and playing good cricket but at the same time England is also playing good cricket.

"We need to focus on our basics and we really need to work hard. That is what we're looking for. We're not just looking at the results. We'll definitely go day by day, session by session."

Saeed Ajmal and Abdur Rehman were the spin twins that tormented England three years ago but both players are no longer involved in the Pakistan side.

The legspinner Yasir Shah looms as the biggest threat to the Three Lions' batting line-up but Misbah wants all the bowlers to play their part.

Misbah said of Yasir: "The way he is bowling, I think [Yasir] is a threat to every team. Obviously, England knows that and we also know that he is our strength.

"At the same time, I think it's about all bowlers. They all have to play their role. To win a Test match or series you can't just only focus on one bowler. It's a team effort, as a team you have to really perform well.

"We know Yasir is our strength but also our fast bowlers will definitely play a key role here with the new ball, especially in Abu Dhabi."

The first Test starts in Abu Dhabi on 13 October.