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Younis undaunted by English attack in Lord's return
Published :Saturday, 18 June, 2016,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 8

Lahore, June 17: Pakistan's top Test batsman Younis Khan has brushed aside the threat posed by England's in-form pace attack as his team prepare to return to the scene of an infamous spot-fixing scandal in 2010.
Khan said Pakistan's familiarity with the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson would blunt their potency when they open a four-Test series at Lord's on July 14.
The 'home of cricket' will provide a tough opening environment for Pakistan after the spot-fixing case of 2010, which ended with jail terms for young fast bowler Mohammad Amir and two other players.
Amir, now 24, is back in Pakistan's squad after completing a ban from cricket but Khan said his team-mates now wanted to put the past behind them and enjoy playing at the historic London ground.
"It is always a pleasure whenever you play in Lord's," told AFP at a dinner organised by Britain's High Commission in Lahore.
"The tradition and using that dressing room and that ground... in my mind it's always a challenge and a pleasure for me so playing cricket in England is all about that."
England's fast bowlers combined to take 33 wickets between them in their recent 2-0 rout of a Sri Lankan side missing recent retirees such as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Anderson's 21 wickets came at a phenomenal 10.8 runs apiece, but Khan, the lynchpin of Pakistan's batting for more than a decade, said his team would not roll over as easily.
"No doubt about Anderson and Broad -- they are the top bowlers these days. But we play regularly against Broad and Finn and Anderson," he said.
The two teams last clashed in the UAE, where Pakistan plays its home games because of security concerns, in October-November 2015 with the South Asian side prevailing 2-0 in the three match series.
They also played in the UAE in 2012, when Pakistan rolled over the English 3-0.
Then, as now, Khan and fellow veteran Misbah-ul-Haq (age 42) are seen as key to holding up a batting order that has traditionally been troubled by quality swing bowling.
"If you go there and play according to your plans you'll be successful in any conditions and against any bowler," he said.    ?AFP

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