Excited about playing Tests in Pakistan, says Ben Stokes
England will play three Test matches against Pakistan [PC: Twitter]
England's Test team are scheduled to play a three-match series in Pakistan after a long gap of 17 years, in December. Currently, England's T20I side is gearing up to play a seven-match series against Pakistan in their backyard, starting September 20.
The Test series will take place across venues like Rawalpindi, Multan, and Karachi. Test skipper Ben Stokes who is enjoying a great run under coach Brendon McCullum, recently winning a series against South Africa, sounded excited by the prospect of playing on Pakistani soil.
"We must walk towards that danger of what Pakistan is going to throw at us. When we go to Pakistan it’s going to be a completely different environment. But we want to go there and keep continuing the form we’ve shown and the way in which we’ve played.
"It’s a hot country. You are not going to get anywhere near as much assistance with the ball as you do in England. You will be facing a lot more spin. That’s a new challenge for us and something we are excited by."
McCullum's new way of coaching
Coach McCullum's new 'BazBall' approach has worked wonders in English conditions, which favours the Three Lions, but the tactic will undergo a litmus test in subcontinental conditions that offer nothing to fast bowlers.
Stokes offered insights about England's style of play in alien conditions which will be all about putting pressure back on their opponents and keeping a positive mindset regardless of the environment.