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Ajmal preparing hard for England series

Press Trust Of India
Jan 03, 2012 at 05:02pm IST

Faisalabad: Pakistani off-spinner Saeed Ajmal on Saturday said he is working hard to perfect wicket-taking deliveries as he prepares for a challenging Test series against England.

"Instead of trying to come up with something new I am working hard in the nets on perfecting my wicket-taking deliveries and on more control with my flight because these are the two weapons that will be most important on the pitches in Dubai and Abu Dhabi," Ajmal told PTI from his hometown.

"Since returning from Bangladesh I have spent everyday in the nets preparing for the Tests because the only way we can win is to bowl maximum wicket-taking deliveries," he said.

Ajmal preparing hard for England series

The offspinner says he is working hard to perfect the wicket-taking deliveries.

Ajmal, 34, said the Pakistani bowlers had been advised to perfect their wicket-taking deliveries and to adopt a positive and aggressive approach in the coming series.

"England has a strong batting line-up with some quality left-handers including their captain Andrew Strauss and for me bowling to left handers has always been a challenge," he said.

The seasoned spinner, who crossed the milestone of 50 Test wickets in the year, said he had always been comfortable bowling against right handers because of his control over the 'Doosra' delivery, the one that goes away or straightens up to the right handers.

"But for the last few days all my time in the nets has been on how to bowl to the left-handers and how to control my flight because say in a place like Abu Dhabi you only get break if you flight the ball," he said.

Ajmal, who has now taken 83 Test, 78 ODI and 46 wickets in T20 internationals, said he want to threaten the left handers with his Doosra. He had no doubt that the use of the Umpires Decision Review System would be good for bowlers on both sides on the slow pitches of Dubai and Abu Dhabi .

"For someone like me, the UDRS is a blessing because I beat the batsmen a lot in front of the wickets but because the ball is going the other way the umpires are reluctant to give decisions. I am sure the UDRS will be more beneficial for a bowler like me," he said.

He also felt the use of the UDRS will help reduce tensions on the field between the two teams but didn't agree that the bad blood and controversies witnessed in series between the two countries in the past would be a problem.

"Even though we had the spot-fixing scandal last year in England but this time cricket is going to be so tough that players wouldn't have time for controversies."

The off-spinner said although both teams had packed their sides with pace bowlers but the spinners would have a big role to play in the coming series.

"The conditions and pitches are such in Dubai that I am sure both teams will play both spinners. The secret is going to be to take wickets and not wait for things to happen.

"It was a good year for me in 2011 but I want to do well against England in the Tests so that I can silence my doubters once for all that I am now as good a Test bowler as in limited over cricket," Ajmal added.

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