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Hussain, Lloyd predict how Pakistan will fare against England

Former England cricketers are backing the hosts in the upcoming series

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Former England cricketers, Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd, believe Pakistan will pose a similar threat as Windies to England in the upcoming three-match Test series.

West Indies lost the recently-concluded three-match Test series against England after going 1-0 up.

Lloyd, in his column for the Daily Mail, said that Pakistan batsmen are likely to struggle in English conditions.

"Pakistan are always unpredictable and will have flair. I wouldn't expect too much difference between them and West Indies. They may be short of runs as well against England in these conditions with a Dukes ball but England need to start strongly for once," said Lloyd.

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Hussain, in the aforementioned column, also echoed similar thoughts as Lloyd and added that a red-hot England side would be too much of a challenge for a rusty Pakistan side.

"It will be a very similar challenge. Pakistan have a slightly better batting line-up than West Indies with players experienced in England like Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq and Babar Azam even though his white-ball record is better than his Test one," said Hussain.

"Their bowling is dangerous if a little inexperienced and the difference could be that England are coming off the back of a three-Test series and Pakistan will have to be careful not to be caught cold," he added.

Old Trafford, in Manchester, will host the first Test of the series starting on Wednesday August 5. The final two Tests will be played at the Rose Bowl, Southampton, from Thursday, August 13 and Friday, August 21.