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    "I am looking forward to an exciting Tests series": James Anderson

    England will be aiming to complete another major win over Pakistan when they travel to the South Asian nation for a three-Test series for the first time in 17 years.

    Ben Stokes' team enter the series on the back of a seven-match T20 series win in Pakistan earlier this year before they got the better of the same opponents in the T20 World Cup final in Melbourne this month.

    Having beaten Pakistan in cricket’s shortest format, England will be hoping to maintain the upper hand in red-ball cricket.

    They are in the middle of a week-long camp at the Abu Dhabi Cricket and Sports Hub and will fly out to Pakistan by the end of the week after a three-day warm-up match against the England Lions at the Tolerance Oval in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

    England’s warm-up match also coincides with the opening day of the Abu Dhabi T10 which kicks off with a two-match card at the adjoining Zayed Cricket Stadium.

    Ben Stokes, who spent time batting in the nets on Tuesday, is expected to stay out of the three-day warm-up, leaving Ollie Pope to lead the side in his absence.

    The England Test captain is resting a troublesome left knee that he had to manage while playing a gruelling nine T20Is in the space of a month, culminating in England winning the T20 World Cup.

    Veteran seam bowler James Anderson – the only member of the England squad who featured in the last Test series in Pakistan in 2005 – said he is “excited” to return to the country.

    Anderson, England’s leading wicket taker in Tests with 667 scalps, did not play in the series that his team lost 2-0.

    “It’s been a long time and I didn’t play in those matches, but looking forward to an exciting Tests series,” Anderson said after a training session in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

    “We have had the perfect preparation as we head to Pakistan. The facilities are great [in Abu Dhabi] with the amount of pitches here and we are enjoying the weather from the time we arrived.

    “It’s exciting for us having not been there for quite some time, and I think I’m probably the only player in this squad who has done a Test tour to Pakistan. I think the fans and players over there would be very excited to see us play."

    Anderson, 40, hasn’t put a timeline on his career but believes staying in good shape and enjoy the longest format of the game keeps him motivated to play for England.

    “The records don’t stay in my mind at all to be honest,” Anderson said.

    “I still love playing the game and I still want to be involved in this Test team as well. For me, it’s just a case of staying in the best shape and help this team win every game.”

    Anderson wants the England Test team to just do what the white-ball side did at the T20 World Cup in Australia.

    “For the majority of the guys who were involved in that T20 World Cup will surely be inspired to do just as well in the Tests series,” Anderson said.

    “We obviously want to continue with that sort of surroundings at the moment. We started to do something special in the Test format in the summer and we would try that again during this series.

    “We don’t know really how we are going to do facing Pakistan in an away series but we’ll keep an open mind and make sure every box ticks.”

    The first Test will be played in Rawalpindi from December 1. Multan will stage the second Test from December 9 before Karachi hosts the final match from December 17.

    https://www.thenationalnews.com/spor...c-test-series/


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    Anderson will be licking his lips seeing imam,azhar in top 3

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakfan54588 View Post
    Anderson will be licking his lips seeing imam,azhar in top 3
    Shan has been his bunny as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by pakfan54588 View Post
    Anderson will be licking his lips seeing imam,azhar in top 3
    Anderson is an average bowler in sub continent conditions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunny_majoka View Post
    Anderson is an average bowler in sub continent conditions
    wait what ?His record speak for itself .His new ball skill are high class and can easily trouble player like imam and azhar


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    Hopefully the tracks aren’t as dead as they likely will be

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    If they don't create Spinning pitches then England will win the series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    If they don't create Spinning pitches then England will win the series.
    Pakistan have always lost when theyve created so called "spinning wkts"

    All they need to do is offer a sporting wkt that offers a little bit to pacers n spinners n breaks a little as the match goes on

    If we are solely relying on spin n preparing pitches we will be doomed as history has shown

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    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyRabbit View Post
    Shan has been his bunny as well
    He is every good bowler’s bunny, but thankfully he won’t get a game.

    Imam
    Abdullah
    Azhar

    This will be the top three in all three Tests.

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    Pakistan has never produced rank turners like we see in India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka or UAE. Pitches here are dead, flat, low and usually aid reverse swing later on.

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    Don't see a 40 year old Anderson doing well in Pakistan. If Wood isn't fit enough for 3 test matches, I expect their bowling to struggle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shah_1 View Post
    Don't see a 40 year old Anderson doing well in Pakistan. If Wood isn't fit enough for 3 test matches, I expect their bowling to struggle.
    Don't think Anderson can bowl long spells at this age. England will have to rest him for one of the test matches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    He is every good bowler’s bunny, but thankfully he won’t get a game.

    Imam
    Abdullah
    Azhar

    This will be the top three in all three Tests.
    Not sure if Imam is an upgrade over him as far as Tests are concerned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Pakistan have always lost when theyve created so called "spinning wkts"

    All they need to do is offer a sporting wkt that offers a little bit to pacers n spinners n breaks a little as the match goes on

    If we are solely relying on spin n preparing pitches we will be doomed as history has shown
    But England spinners are proberly worse than pakistans and England fast bowlers are way better than pakistans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    Pakistan have always lost when theyve created so called "spinning wkts"

    All they need to do is offer a sporting wkt that offers a little bit to pacers n spinners n breaks a little as the match goes on

    If we are solely relying on spin n preparing pitches we will be doomed as history has shown
    This 100%.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    But England spinners are proberly worse than pakistans and England fast bowlers are way better than pakistans.
    No they aren't.

    People said exactly the same about Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi but then they were comfortably outbowled by Shaheen Hassan.

    Home advantage is always there.

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    Their spinners will be their main weapon and Pakistan's biggest weakness. Anderson will play an excellent support role.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marooned View Post
    No they aren't.

    People said exactly the same about Rabada, Nortje and Ngidi but then they were comfortably outbowled by Shaheen Hassan.

    Home advantage is always there.
    You obviously haven't seen the squad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shamaan View Post
    You obviously haven't seen the squad.
    You obviously didn't get the point.

    Whatever seamers we have still have a great degree of familiarity with these conditions.

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    News is that Mark Wood is doubtful for 1st Test so a lot of pressure on Anderson.


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    Lot of free wickets for Jimmy as Pakistan have a handful of fisherman
    Though the lack of bounce and dead wickets will make life tough for bowlers but reverse swing will be key


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    He'll cause the Pakistan batters a lot of problems if there is even the slightest bit of swing.

    Still a fantastic bowler even though he's close to the end of his career.


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    Reverse Swing is which England will exploit they will be well aware of that one session which cost Pakistan series against Australia
    I predict 2-0 Eng win


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    James Anderson + Reverse Swing = Major problems for Pakistan batsman.

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