Misbah calls for big effort

Pakistan skipper thinks fast bowlers can thrive on Dubai wicket

Last Updated: 16/01/12 5:16pm

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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq played down the advantage of his players' local knowledge ahead of the first Test against England in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will be hosting Test cricket for just the third time, and both previous occasions featured also featured Pakistan.

A draw with South Africa in 2010 was followed in October of last year by victory over Sri Lanka, and there are suggestions the subcontinent-style surface will suit the 'home' team's spinners.

"In Dubai whichever team bats well gets an edge and it's not only the game of spinners - I think fast bowlers also play a very important role," said Misbah.

"The wicket looks much better than the last Test we played here and the conditions favour us, but at the same time it's important to play good cricket against England.

"They are the top side in the world so we just can't rely on the fact that we know the conditions well. We still have to play good cricket to beat them."

Both teams will wait until the toss before naming their starting XIs, with Pakistan likely to play two spinners.

Off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will certainly be included after taking 50 wickets in eight Tests last year. He claims to have recently added a new delivery, a "teesra", to his armoury.

"The main thing is his off-spinners and the doosra," said Misbah. "First the batsman has to just think about that and then, if they survive those two for long enough, he can bowl the teesra."

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