Web Desk(May 23, 2018): Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes his “fearless” side have everything to gain when they face an “under the pump” England in the first Test at Lord’s on Thursday.
England has some home comfort after recent winless Test tours of Australia and New Zealand extended their poor away record in cricket s longest format to 13 matches without a victory.
“We haven’t come here not to win,” Arthur told reporters at Lord’sWe have very skilled, young fearless cricketers. If we get the breaks and things go our way, they will certainly put England under pressure.”
England, in their first Test, since Ed Smith became their new head selector, continue to have doubts over a batting order where captain Joe Root has been promoted to number three, wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow to five and Jos Buttler recalled at seven.
England would give a Test debut to Somerset spinner Dominic Bess.
Two years ago, England was held to a 2-2 home draw by Pakistan in a four-Test series.
Since then veteran batsmen Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan have both retired, with Pakistan hoping the likes of Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq can fill the void.But it is Imam-ul-Haq, the nephew of Pakistan selection chief and former Test batsman Inzamam-ul-Haq, who has made three fifties from as many games this tour — including a match-clinching innings against Ireland.
“He’s a totally different character to Inzi,” said Arthur of Imam, a 22-year-old left-handed opener, who is somewhat quicker between the wickets than his celebrated uncle.