England face testing times ahead: Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur said there’s a lot of expectation on the No.1 team and it will be interesting to see how England handle it Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Adelaide: Jan 20 2012

Australian coach Mickey Arthur believes England are discovering the pressures that comes with being the world’s No. 1 Test team and said that there are testing times ahead for England.

Pakistan drubbed England by 10-wicket in three days in the first Test at Dubai.

”It looked like they were still stuck in their winter woollies to be honest and hadn’t acclimatised yet for Test cricket, which is understandable because they had just come out of their winter,” Arthur was quoted saying by The Age.

”They will get better, no doubt in my mind, and I think it was just an aberration.”

”I was there with South Africa as No. 1 and it’s a totally different pressure. There’s a lot of expectation and it will be interesting to see how they handle it, but they have got good leaders so I’m pretty sure they will be fine,” he said.

”I do think it is going to be a testing summer for England because they have got us in the one-day series in June and then they have got South Africa and at the end of it we will see exactly where English cricket is.”