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Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Abbas has admitted that he is determined to dismiss England captain Joe Root in their upcoming two-Test series.
While Abbas has set his sights on Root, he added that he will also target other senior members in the England side.
“Whilst each wicket that I take is important in any series, my plan in this series would be to take the wicket of the England captain Joe Root and then follow it up removing other senior players in the batting line-up,” he told PakPassion. “I always plan to be the one who takes the wickets of the in-form players as that has the biggest impact on the game and hopefully I will be able to do that in this series as well.”
Abbas added that he is excited about the first Test against England as it will be held at Lord’s. Should he get the opportunity to represent his country at the ‘Home of Cricket’, the 28-year-old pointed out that he will look to get his name on the coveted honours board.
“It is the wish of every cricketer in the world to play at Lord’s which is considered the home of cricket,” he said. “I, too, if given the chance to play at this venue, would like to perform well enough to have my name written on the honours board by taking five wickets in an innings in that match.”
While Abbas conceded that England will be favourites since they will be playing on home soil, he firmly believes that his side are capable of giving them a run for their money.
“It is true that any team playing at home is generally considered favourites to win series,” he said. “But, let’s not forget that Pakistan have a great record of beating England at home, so we will do our best to win this series as well.”