Pakistan are ‘on the up’ in Test match cricket: Michael Vaughan

Former England captain expects Pakistan team to grow in stature over the next few years

Pakistan are ‘on the up’ in Test match cricket: Michael Vaughan PHOTO COURTESY: BT Sport

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that Pakistan will be a tough side to beat, during the next few years, in Test match cricket.   

England claimed the three-match Test series, against Pakistan, one-nil after winning the first Test in Manchester by three wickets, with the last two matches in Southampton, both, drawn due to bad weather.

Speaking after the conclusion of the third Test, Vaughan said that Pakistan are on the up in the longest format of the game.

“I think Pakistan are a side, which over the next two to three years, are going to compete against everyone as they have got pretty much everything covered,” said Vaughan while talking to Cricbuzz.

“They might have lost the series. They should have won it, especially when you think back to Manchester. But they are a side who are on the up in Test match cricket,” he added.

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He also heaped praise on Pakistan’s batsmen, especially wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, middle-order batsman Babar Azam and skipper Azhar Ali.

“I love Rizwan, I think he is a fighter and a really good wicketkeeper-batsman. Babar Azam is high class and right out of the top draw. I think Azhar Ali’s century [in the third Test] will do him a world of good as the captain,” he said.

He also spoke highly of Pakistan’s young pace attack, which includes the likes of Shaheen Shah Afridi and Naseem Shah.

“In that bowling attack, Naseem Shah and Shaheen Shah, in particular, are two young quicks who I’m sure, over the next few years, will cause bit of a chaos,” he concluded.