5/22/2018 3:34:27 AM (GMT+3)

Playing in England is always difficult, says Azhar

Playing in England is always difficult, says Azhar

LONDON: Pakistan senior batsman Azhar Ali said that England is always a tough side at their own domain.

The first Test starts at the Lord’s on Thursday, and Ali will be hoping to prove his worth in the team.

“It’s never easy to play in England. It’s always challenging. The English bowling attack is good as well. We know there are big challenges ahead, but we are prepared to do our best. It’s a big opportunity for everyone. If we do well here, things will get easier then,” Ali told ESPNCricinfo.

Ali wasn’t in form until he scored a 127-ball 73 in over three hours against Leicestershire at Grace Road.

Before this, he had scores of 15, 9 and 10 before the one-off Test against Ireland, and it didn’t get any better there, as he scored 4 and 2.

With young opener Imam-ul Haq hit an unbeaten 74 to lead Pakistan to victory in Malahide, the pressure was on Ali, but he did his bit to prove his worth.

“It’s a responsibility definitely, but it’s a team game, and everybody has to chip in,” said Ali. “Obviously as a senior player I have to make sure I play my part. And I will try to do whatever I can to build a platform and make sure we have enough runs on the board to help our bowlers.