Tejas Rathi ∙ Sep 19 2022, 4:30 AM

PAK vs ENG: Phil Salt thinks PSL experience will help England in T20I series

image-l87yv1adPhil Salt (PC: Twitter)

England's top-order batter Phil Salt has felt that the experience of players having played in the PSL will in turn help England in the T20I series against Pakistan.

The seven-match series will start on September 20 and run till October 2, and will serve as a preparation for the T20 World Cup as well. 

In the current English squad, 11 members have taken part in different editions of the PSL played in Pakistan and UAE, and certainly have a basic understanding of the pitch behaviour. 

Salt was a part of the Lahore Qalandars in 2018, and then played for Islamabad United in the subsequent three editions. 

The 26-year-old is coming into this series after emerging as the second highest run-scorer of the Men's Hundred with 353 runs in 10 innings at a prolific strike rate of 152.81. His performances helped Manchester Originals reach the Finals as well. 

Salt reckoned that active talks are being held within the team regarding the surface in Karachi, and was optimistic of the team doing well. 

Here is what Salt said:

“We have conversations around how the surface will play and what certain bowlers do. I’m certainly not alone in playing PSL, a lot of our guys have come out, so there’s a little bit of info there. But, obviously, we have to play well."

In the absence of Jos Buttler, Alex Hales and Phil Salt are likely to be the opening partners at least for the first few T20Is. 

Furthermore, Jordan Cox and Tom Helm are in-line for their international debut in the series. 

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