London – Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his facet can hit even larger heights towards England in the second one Take a look at at Headingley in spite of a nine-wicket win within the sequence opener at Lord’s.
Victory, finished inside of 4 days on the ‘house of cricket,’ put Pakistan 1-Zero up with one to play and at the verge of a primary sequence win in England since speedy bowling greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis starred in a 1996 good fortune.
Pakistan had been extensively stated to have outplayed England in all departments at Lord’s within the first Take a look at of the present marketing campaign however wicket-keeper Sarfraz has recommended them to not relaxation on their laurels.
“We want to stay making improvements to at all times,” Sarfraz mentioned Wednesday. “In addition to we performed at Lord’s, we will nonetheless play higher than that.
“We made 4 50s at Lord’s – and if one among them had long gone directly to the large hundred that will’ve been even higher. (Identical with the bowlers) in the event that they take 3 or 4 wickets, make it 5 – 6.”
Sarfraz is definitely acutely aware of what it will imply to emulate Pakistan’s sequence win in England 22 years in the past.
“If we do win this, it’ll be a chain we will by no means put out of your mind,” he added.
“The ultimate time we received a chain in England used to be in 1996, when Wasim and Waqar had been round, and we drew at Leeds then,” he added.
Sarfraz, alternatively, recommended his avid gamers to consign their Lord’s good fortune to the historical past books.
“We need to put out of your mind Lord’s and transfer directly to this now,” he mentioned. “If we need to transfer forward as a group we need to put out of your mind our wins.
“We did smartly, we loved it for 2 days, however now we are right here,” Sarfraz added. “If we’re to transport up within the ratings we want to put out of your mind our wins and stay transferring on.”
Pakistan are set to incorporate Usman Salahuddin, reasonably than fellow uncapped batsman Fakhar Zaman, as a substitute for the injured Babar Azam.
It used to be a stunning resolution in some eyes, given Fakhar hit a super match-winning hundred towards arch-rivals India in ultimate 12 months’s Champions Trophy ultimate at The Oval.
However Sarfraz mentioned: “It wasn’t shut…we’ve got observed Usman as a more sensible choice.
“Usman has been with us for the ultimate 3 excursions.
“He is labored very exhausting and he is been doing smartly.
“He performed smartly within the two-day recreation towards Leicestershire. That is why we really useful him, and that is the reason why he is taking part in the next day.”