The Azhar Mahmood column

Azhar Mahmood has a column at the BBC for England’s tour, which will be worth a read. In his latest, he says:

There is all sorts of speculation surrounding England’s forthcoming three-Test series in Pakistan but one thing is for sure – it will be very close.

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For England, Simon Jones, who bowled well in the Ashes series is not there – and that’s a big blow for them to deal with.

On the other hand, Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff will be in good rhythm at the moment having played in the Super Series.

For a fast bowler, rhythm is very important and they will be the main threat for Pakistan.

I tend to agree as regards Flintoff and Harmison, but I’m fascinated to see how ol’ Harmy responds. He is, after all, playing in Pakistan – that’s a long, long way from Ashington! He didn’t have much luck in South Africa last year but, hopefully for him, he’ll be firing on all cylinders. I need to do a bit of homework on the Pakistan lineup, most of whom I know of but some of whom I haven’t seen play.