Shoaib Akhtar Feels England Have Edge Going Into Test Series vs India
By Aditya Pratap - Jul 31, 2021 8:39 pm
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Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar has a piece of advice for Indian pacers ahead of the Test series against England. He urged Indian bowlers to keep hitting the deck with aggression to find success.


India are currently on the tour of England, where they will be playing five Test matches starting from August 4 in Nottingham. India haven’t won a Test series in England since 2007 and have faced several humiliating defeats in the past. They toured England in 2018 last time and got defeated by 4-1.

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Akhtar believes England will have the upper hand going into the series as they will be playing in home conditions.

“The English bowlers have an edge, especially Archer and Anderson. We all know the history between Anderson and Virat Kohli. Of course, they have the upper hand as they are playing in their home conditions,” said Akhtar.

“The aggression of the fast bowlers is in their length. People think that I was aggressive because of bowling bouncers, but no. I was aggressive because I was constantly hitting the right areas, and with the pace, with the variation in pace.

“So, whoever goes in from the Indian side (plays in the Test series), just remember to hit the deck with a lot of aggression and a lot of pace. And keep doing this variation throughout, which is the most important thing.”

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Akhtar mentioned when the pacers find aggression in length, they should try to stick with it.

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“Once you find your aggression in length, then don’t let that go. Make sure you have your match on within your brain, not with the batsmen. It is my skill that is going to outsmart you out there. This is the mindset that you should have,” he further added.

“It’s not about people who are holding the bad days or enemies of yours, no, it is your skill which is your best enemy, who is not letting you or allowing you to display that talent. In order to display that talent, you have to go through the pain barrier.”