Farbrace tips England to bounce back from their Pakistan rout
England will put behind their 3-0 drubbing suffered at Pakistan duirng the 2012 tour as they gear up for the Test series starting later this month in the UAE, according to assistant coach Paul Farbrace.
Farbrace sounded confident that his team has a great chance to turn the tables. Pakistan and England are scheduled to meet in a three-match series starting in Abu Dhabi from Oct. 13. “We’ve got senior players who’ve been here and experienced it, and I think there was a feeling that although they lost the last Test series here 3-0, it was one they could quite easily have won,” said Farbrace. “They didn’t, that’s history, it’s gone now.
“But I think we’ve got a great chance with this group to play some really good cricket, and we’re looking to be as positive as we possibly can be.” Farbrace admitted his team realised the enormity of the task.
Pakistan are set to use spin as the main weapon on the UAE wickets, just as they did in 2012 when Saeed Ajmal took 24 wickets and left-armer Abdul Rehman 19.
And they now have leggie Yasir Shah and left-armer Zulfiqar Babar in their squad. “We’re coming here knowing it’s going to be a very, very tough series,” Farbrace said.
“I said at the end of the Ashes series I expected this to be a tougher series for us to play in.”
England triumphed in the Ashes against Australia 3-2 in August. Details