PAK vs ENG match series 2012 schedule
Sports News/Cricket: Pakistan vs England Match series 2012 schedule has been announced which are both teams will play three test, four One-Day International (ODI) and three Twenty20 (T20) matches, EPakistanNews.com reported on Tuesday January 3, 2012.
Pakistan have been successful in their temporary home since Misbah took over as Test captain from Salman Butt, jailed by a British court in November along with fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer after the trio were found guilty of spot-fixing by conspiring to deliberately bowl no-balls during the 2010 Lord’s Test against England.
Under Misbah they have won Tests against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, with Pakistan starting to show a degree of consistency unusual for a side routinely labeled ‘unpredictable’ and in Saeed Ajmal they have one of the best spinners around.
“They are probably one of the form teams in world cricket at the moment,” Strauss said.
“They seem to have a production line of good quality bowlers and Saeed Ajmal in particular has done well in those conditions.
“They have got a good balance to their side and they are playing some good, smart, cricket at the moment.”
The upcoming series will be the first between England and Pakistan since the spot-fixing scandal.
But the 34-year-old Strauss insisted: “I think the spot-fixing stuff is something we are desperately keen to move on from. What’s happened before is water under the bridge.
“I hope both sides can play in the right spirit and produce an entertaining and exciting Test match series.”
One concern for England is the batting form of their captain, who in 2011 averaged under 29 in eight Tests with no hundreds. That contrasted with the Middlesex left-hander’s career Test average of 41.98.
Strauss, who insisted he felt refreshed after an unusually long break (England haven’t played a Test since August), admitted: “Last summer, I probably didn’t play quite as well as I’d have liked.
“But form ebbs and flows a bit in Test cricket. I’m very keen to perform well and lead from the front.”
England have two warm-up matches, the first starting on Saturday, before the first Test gets underway in Dubai on January 17.
Jan 17-21: 1ST TEST, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Jan 25-29: 2ND TEST, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Abu Dhabi
Feb 03-07: 3RD TEST, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Feb 13: 1ST ODI, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Abu Dhabi
Feb 15: 2ND ODI, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Abu Dhabi
Feb 18: 3RD ODI, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Feb 21: 4TH ODI, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Feb 23: 1ST T20, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Feb 25: 2ND T20, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Dubai
Feb 27: 3RD T20, PAKISTAN vs ENGLAND, Abu Dhabi