Younis anticipates tough challenge in Sri Lanka

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Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is looking forward to building on a fine record against Sri Lanka during next month's Test series.

Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is looking forward to building on a fine record against Sri Lanka during next month's Test series.

Khan has scored 1,808 in 39 innings at an impressive average of 50.22 against the Sri Lankans in the longest format of the international game.

These statistics include a record-breaking triple-century in Karachi in 2009 – and five other three-figure innings.

"Yes, it is true Sri Lanka has been a good team for me. I scored a ton against them on my Test debut and also a triple-ton," said Younis.

"But this is a new series and this is going to be a much tougher series as they have been doing well in recent times.

"I will just try to give my best but yes, when you resume playing in any form of the game after a break, it takes a while to find your rhythm and timing."

The veteran 36-year-old is eager to resume a working relationship with former captain Waqar Younis, who recently returned for a second tenure as head coach.

"I have worked with Waqar before when he was head coach and during his time, the team showed very good progress and won consistently," added Khan.

"I am confident we will resume our winning ways and improve from where we left off last time."

The Sri Lankans and Pakistanis will meet for two Tests in Galle and Colombo between 6 and 18 August. Three ODIs will follow.

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