England vs Pakistan Test series: Analysis of both the teams’ bowling attack

Pakistan are all set to lock horns with England in four-match Test series which commences on July 14. With the series being played in the tough English conditions, the home side stands an upper hand with a lethal pace attack in their armoury. With tailored pitches, overcast conditions and circumstances which get the ball to move, bowling will be a crucial factor for both the teams and their success will highly rely on how this department fares.

England wear a dominant look when it comes to pace bowling with the red cherry. Their terrific duo — James Anderson and Stuart Broad is undoubtedly the best hunting pair in contemporary cricket. Anderson backs his swing to wreck havoc at the 22-yards’ surface while Broad’s penetrating ability is outstanding.

Despite Anderson being unavailable for the first Test, England need not worry as they have enough back-up and one can expect a bowler of Broad’s calibre to take charge and lead the attack as he famously did in the Nottingham Test of Ashes 2015. The likes of Steven Finn and Chris Woakes can get the job done. Finn has the pace and that uneven bounce, which he generates from the surface thanks to his tall height. England side hails of massive experience, a quality which is unquestionably wanting in the Pakistani dugout.

England have also drafted a couple of young guns from the county circuit, who have been impressive at that level. Toby Roland-Jones and Jake Ball have been consistent with the ball and have been among the wickets. Moeen Ali is the only spinner which England have along with part-time spinning option of Joe Root. Ali has done a decent job for the side with his off-spin and Root can chip in with some good overs. On the whole, England wear a balanced look and the pace trio of Anderson, Broad and Finn will certainly test Pakistani batsmen in four outings. ALSO READ: Now Kevin Pietersen joins the ‘ban Mohammad Amir’ bandwagon

Pakistan, on the other hand, have attracted many controversies as their strike bowler Mohammad Amir is making a comeback to Test cricket after serving a ban for being found guilty in the spot-fixing scandal. Amir has been imposing since his return to the international circuit and has given good account of the golden memories from the early part of his career. In the warm-up games against Somerset, Amir inspired confidence and looked lethal. He will be the man to watch out for and English batsmen will have a tough time with the new ball against the left-armer.

Their pace battery hails of Amir, Wahab Riaz, Rahat Ali, Imran Khan and Sohail Khan. Wahab and Rahat have done well in their sporadic appearances but lack consistency and experience. Their bowlers may run out of options once a huge partnership is formed. They look promising and are well capable to dominating a set batting attack. It will be interesting to see, how the Pakistani bowlers will fare in front of established English batting line up. READ MORE: Twitterati bash Graeme Swann for making unkind remarks about Mohammad Amir

Yasir Shah will be that ‘X-factor’ and could well turn out to be the trump card for his side. It’s a known fact the amount of damage Yasir can inflict if the pitch has anything to offer for the spinners. Zulfiqar Babar is also another bowler who is difficult to get away and bowls a tidy line and length. Pakistan’s bowling attack has the potential but has not found themselves in crunch situations and this is where England will stand a bigger chance.

Infographics by Suraj Choudhari | Designed by Srushti Takale
Infographics by Suraj Choudhari | Designed by Srushti Takale

(Suraj Choudharian avid cricket follower who plays the sport at club level, is a staffer with CricLife)