Azhar Ali and co. will be looking to draw first blood when they face England in the three-match Test series, starting with a five-day contest in Old Trafford Stadium in Manchester from 5th August.
The visitors will fancy their chances of beating England in their home conditions. Uncapped Haider Ali and Kashif Bhatti have been included in the Test squad for the three-match series in England. Veteran pacer Sohail Khan has made his comeback to the national side. He was the standout performer with the ball for Pakistan in the four-match Test series played against England in 2016.
Therefore, we have compiled a list of three bowlers from Pakistan side who can produce the goods and play an important part in winnings the series against Joe Root’s men.
Given his pinpoint accuracy and ability to swing the ball both ways, pacer Mohammad Abbas is certainly going to be a handful for Pakistan in England conditions.
There is no doubt that Mohammad Abbas has been premier pacer for Pakistan in five-day format. He has been a consistent performer for the side in all conditions. In 2018, he was instrumental in helping Pakistan draw the two-match Test series against England. He claimed 10 wickets at an average of 14.20 in the Test series against England.
Since Jan 2018, Mohammad Abbas has topped the bowling charts for Pakistan in Test cricket. In 13 Test matches, Abbas has picked up 52 wickets at an average of 20.50.
The 17-year old pacer will be one bowler to watch out for Pakistan in the three-match series against England. With his short run-up and express pace, Naseem Shah will certainly cause a lot of problems to England vulnerable batting lineup.
Since making his Test debut against Australia at The Gabba in Brisbane, Naseem has done well for the side in red-ball cricket. In four matches played so far, Naseem has claimed 13 wickets at an average of 26.85 with one five-wicket haul to his name.
During the first Test against Bangladesh, Naseem Shah also became the youngest bowler to pick up a hat-trick in Test cricket. Due to excellent performances in the intra-squad matches, Naseem Shah will be keen to make his mark on his first tour to England.
Shaheen Shah Afridi
Left-arm pacer has certainly made an impact with the ball for Pakistan across all three formats. With his tall action, he extracts extra bounce from surface which creates more problems for the opposition batsmen.
Shaheen Shah Afridi will be looking to make an impression with the ball for Pakistan in the upcoming Test series against England.
The 20-year-old has represented green shirts in eight Test matches in his career where he has picked up 30 wickets to his name at a good strike rate of 53.5 with the best figures of 5 for 77 against Sri Lanka at National Cricket Stadium in Karachi in 2019.