County stint helped me immensely: Mohammad Abbas

Pacer was declared player of the match in Lord’s Test

County stint helped me immensely: Mohammad Abbas PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan fast-bowler Mohammad Abbas was pleased with his performance in the first Test against England.

Abbas claimed eight wickets in the match and was declared player of the match in Pakistan’s nine-wicket win at Lord’s.

Speaking in an interview after the match, Abbas said that one of the main reasons behind his good display was the county stint he took part in before the tour.

“I came here before the Pakistan team and played two games for Leicestershire which aided my confidence and preparations,” said Abbas while talking to Daily Express. “I knew which line and length to bowl which helped me pick a lot of wicket, both, against Ireland and England.”

The 28-year-old further appreciated the impact of Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, who according to him had a big part to play in the triumph.

“I was constantly in touch with our bowling coach Azhar Mahmood who guided me, by sharing his knowledge of playing in England,” he said. “I’m happy with my performance especially considering it was my first match Lord’s, making it a special occasion. It was unfortunate that I was not able to pick up a five wicket haul and get on the Honours Board. England have a far more experienced side but the hard yard out in by our young side took us to victory.”

Abbas also showed desire to replicate his performance during the second Test match at Leeds, which begins on June 1.