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Pakistan pace bowler Hasan Ali has admitted that the national team cannot afford to become overconfident following their win over England in the first Test at Lord’s.
Pakistan demolished England by nine wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.
With the second Test starting on Friday at Headingley, Hasan conceded that Pakistan need to remain “professional”, but added that his side will keep their foot on the pedal and aim to win the series 2-0. Should they do so, it will mark Pakistan’s first Test series win in England since 1996.
“We won’t get complacent or overconfident after the win at Lord’s,” Hasan told Firstpost. “We have to remain professional, yes, we have won, but it’s only one match. It’s a big win and there is no way we will get overconfident. The next Test match at Headingley is a very important one and our aim is to win that match also and win the series 2-0.”
Hasan made his presence felt with the ball at Lord’s as he took four wickets in the first innings, which saw him narrowly miss out on a five-wicket haul that would have led to his name being added to the Lord’s honours board.
When asked about playing at Lord’s and his performance, Hasan said: “Every young cricketer wants to play at Lord’s and to perform well. I’ve played a one-day international at Lord’s previously but to get the chance to play a Test match at Lord’s was just a memorable experience and a unique experience.
“It’s inspiring for players to get the chance to play there and what made this such a fantastic occasion was that we won in style. It’s been a brilliant few days for a team that not many people expected to do so well.”
Hasan also admitted that Pakistan’s dominant victory at Lord’s was the perfect way to silence their critics.
“Yes, it’s true that some people were saying England versus Pakistan was going to be men against boys, but whether it’s men or boys, the winner is the one who performs best during the match,” he said. “It’s a great achievement to beat England at Lord’s which is regarded as the Home of Cricket.”