Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 18th 2015 Contents A49
Friday, September 18, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Allan Lamb fears England s
Ashes heroes could be in for a
rude awakening over the next few
Alastair Cook s side, fresh from
regaining the urn in a see-saw
series against Australia this sum-
mer, head to the United Arab Emi-
rates to face Pakistan next month.
They then embark on a tour of
South Africa to take on the number
one ranked Test nation and former
England batsman Lamb has
warned against expecting too much
too soon from an up-and-coming
"It will be hard for us to beat
Pakistan," Lamb told Press Asso-
ciation Sport. "We are still growing
and we may have jumped the hur-
dles too quickly, beating Australia
which no one thought we would
"We ve been pegged back in the
one-dayers but if we d won that
it would have made a big difference
- people would be on too much
of a high. So Pakistan will be dif-
ficult and then we have South
Africa---it s going to be tough.
"These can be very tough tours.
I m sure (director of cricket)
Andrew Strauss is looking over a
four-year period to build his this
team up. So I think don t expect
too much. We have some young
players coming through, let s see
how they go."
One of the major talking points
ahead of the autumn is who will
open the batting alongside captain
Adam Lyth was dropped after
a poor Ashes series but Lamb is
unconvinced by the alternatives,
either moving Moeen Ali to the
top of the order or turning to
uncapped Nottinghamshire bats-
man Alex Hales.
"Unfortunately Lyth has been
dropped due to his failures but
he s a good player and I m sure
he ll come back," added Lamb.
"They ve got to work out who s
going to open, that s the big thing.
Moeen Ali is just a bit too loose
to open, and Alex Hales hasn t
really done anything to deserve a
"They are talking about Moeen
opening and bringing in Adil
Rashid, and Rashid has to play.
Spin will be the key, especially in
Dubai, where the wickets are like
India and Pakistan."
Lamb was speaking ahead of
the Cricket For Heroes match at
The Oval yesterday.
MS Dhoni, Brian Lara, Brendon
McCullum and a host of other
world-class stars will be on show
when a Help for Heroes XI, cap-
tained by Strauss, take on a Rest
of the World XI in a Twenty 20
"The players are playing for free
because they know what a worthy
cause it is, to help our injured ser-
vicemen," said Lamb. "They ve all
come over here to entertain, so it
should be good fun."
England must wait to discover
whether Zafar Ansari will be able to
join them after all on the Test tour
to face Pakistan.
Ansari suffered a cruel blow to his
bowling hand, fielding in Surrey s
Division Two match against Lan-
cashire at Old Trafford.
The diagnosis after x-rays on Tues-
day night was an open dislocation of
his left thumb---an injury which is
certain to rule the all-rounder out of
Surrey s Royal London Cup final
against Gloucestershire at Lord s on
Saturday, and may well prevent him
making his maiden England tour to
take on the Pakistanis in the United
Only hours before he hurt his hand,
trying to take a catch at cover-point
from a fierce Ashwell Prince cut off
Sam Curran, 23-year-old Ansari had
been named for the first time in an
England Test squad.
He was included to provide a left-
arm spin option, alongside fellow slow
bowlers Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali.
But on Wednesday morning, fol-
lowing a late-night medical bulletin
from Surrey, England could only
wait---probably for at least "24 to 48
hours"---before they may know the
full extent and likely implications of
Ansari s injury.
The only definitive information so
far remains Surrey s tweet on Tuesday
night, which read: "Latest on Zafar
Ansari is he has a open dislocation of
the left thumb and the injury will be
reviewed over the next couple of days."
Surrey director of cricket Alec Stew-
art had earlier made clear his worries
about the injury.
"It didn t look good," he said, having
seen Ansari react in obvious pain
before being led off the ground and
taken to hospital.
"Fingers crossed for him, but seeing
him in the dressing room it s certainly
There is a more reassuring update
on the progress of England s limited-
overs captain Eoin Morgan, who was
treated for concussion after being hit
on the helmet by a Mitchell Starc
bouncer in Sunday s Royal London
Series defeat to Australia at Old Traf-
Morgan was named on Tuesday to
lead England s one-day international
and Twenty20 squads against Pakistan
A team spokesman reported Mor-
gan s condition since the weekend has
been monitored but has given no fur-
ther cause for concern.
Mohammad Amir will be absent
against England for both Pakistan and
Pakistan A in the United Arab Emi-
Amir, available again to play for his
country after serving his ban for spot-
fixing but featuring in just nine Twen-
ty20 matches so far this year, was never
likely to be in the frame to return to
Test cricket yet.
There had been speculation, however,
that the 23-year-old left-arm pace
bowler might be included in two warm-
up matches for the A team against Alas-
tair Cook s tourists early next month.
Amir was one of three Pakistanis---
then captain Salman Butt and seamer
Mohammad Asif the other two---to
serve time in prison and long bans from
cricket for their roles in the spot-fixing
scam to bowl no-balls to order in the
Lord s Test against England in 2010.
Amir, just 18 at the time, had pre-
viously become the youngest bowler
to reach 50 Test wickets.
Pakistan s selectors, who have also
named two limited-overs squads to
travel to Zimbabwe, have left one place
open in the list of names to face Eng-
land in three Tests.
They intend to add one of two left-
arm spinners---Zafar Gohar and
Mohammad Ashgar---to complete a
squad of 16, depending which one
impresses most in the two warm-up
matches in Sharjah.
No Pakistan recall for Amir
Waiting game for Zafar Ansari
Lamb wary of
with former West
Lara, right, at a
Help for Heroes
place at the Kia
Oval in No.10
Links Archive September 17th 2015 September 19th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page