England held a red-ball camp in Abu Dhabi for a week before the series against the Men in Green
England captain Ben Stokes is optimistic about the upcoming three-match Test series against Pakistan later in December.
The 31-year-old is looking forward to the challenge posed by the subcontinent's conditions, especially given the various pitch types.
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“I'm very excited," Stokes was quoted as saying by The National. “The summer went really well for us in conditions that I know, and we all know as a team, so it's exciting to come away somewhere completely different in sub-continent conditions where whatever team tours finds it very difficult. It's going to be completely different to the summer.”
England held a red-ball camp in Abu Dhabi for a week before the series against the Men in Green for a crucial clash as this series is important for both teams for their chance to qualify for the ICC World Test championship final.
“We've got everything available to us,” he added. “The nets out back have different types of surfaces because we're not quite sure what we'll get in Pakistan in terms of wickets.
“We've been lucky to have some wickets that do a bit and some wickets that are a bit drier to help the lads prepare for the challenges that the spinners will present, so it's been really good,” he further stated.
Stokes, who has played 86 Tests for England, also praised the Abu Dhabi facilities.
“We've been very spoilt. The facilities here are of one of the highest quality that I can remember since being out here,” he said.
“We've got the amazing net facilities out the back and then with all the squares, to be able to have a practice game between the Test team and the Lions has been really good so hopefully we can come back here in the future as well,” he added.
The historic three-match series between Pakistan and England will be played from December 1 to 21 in Rawalpindi, Multan, and Karachi, respectively.