I wouldn't be able to sleep a wink: Vaughan issues Abbas warning to England

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England’s former cricketer Michael Vaughan, during a Cricbuzz interview on Friday, claimed that he would not have been able to sleep at all if he was going to be facing Pakistan’s pacer Mohammad Abbas on the Southampton pitch.

The former cricketer stated that the pitch would be highly conducive to the bowling of Abbas and that a result could still be possible due to the skills of the bowlers on either side.

“I think there can be a result because the pitch is doing plenty. It is a classic English Test match style wicket. There is a green tinge and plenty of seam movement. When you have Naseem Shah, Shaheen Afridi and Mohammad Abbas it is going to be very tough. This pitch has Mohammad Abbas written all over it. He is going to love it on a length. He is going to wobble it either way,” said Vaughan.

“I said last week, I would have had nightmares facing him at Old Trafford. I would not even be able to sleep a wink knowing I am facing Abbas tomorrow morning on this deck,” he added.

The 45-year-old praised the batting skills of Pakistan’s wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan who, on Friday, helped his side cross the 200-mark on a tricky Southampton pitch against a hostile England bowling attack.

“He [Rizwan] has got that spirit and fire. I like anyone who can give chirp and take it. He matches up the opposition chirps with skills, determination and discipline. All of a sudden, Babar was out and he had to start to get the scoreboard ticking. He hit some magnificent strokes. He has got that mentality and the temperament for this kind of level. We are going to see him for a long period of time. This score is a decent on this surface,” he said.

 
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