Strauss expects ‘dangerous’ Pakistan to give tough fight to England in Test series

July 23rd, 2010 - 3:50 pm ICT by ANI  

London, July 23 (ANI): Describing the young Pakistan side as a ‘dangerous’ squad, England skipper Andrew Strauss has said that he is expecting a ‘tough challenge’ from the Salman Butt lead team in the four match Test series.

The first Test starts at Tent Bridge July 29 (Thursday).

Strauss said that despite some controversies in the recent past, Pakistan remains a motivated and competitive team on the field.

“With Pakistan it is important to realise that over last few years there has been lot of upheaval but that has not prevented them being a very dangerous side. We are not expecting anything other than a very motivated and talented side.”

Though the England captain is concerned over the unavailability of Ian Bell, who broke his toe during the one-day series against Australia, he believes that Kevin Pietersen, who has struggled to score runs in the recent past, would be able to deal with Pakistan’s strong pace attack.

“We need players to be able to perform on all stages, but in past it seems like big games bring out best in Kevin and that is great trait to have. He just turned 30 and has lot of cricket left in him,” The Dawn quoted Strauss, as saying.

“He has had a tough time and not scored as many runs as he has in past but he is very high quality player, will come back and play match winning innings for us, and that is exciting,” he added. (ANI)

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