Suddenly the Trent Bridge Test, which begins on Thursday, has a bit of spice. England will not be arena a broken-down bandage of exiles rudderless in a adopted land. They will be arena the conquerors of boss Australia. Pakistan accept aloof played four matches adjoin Australia (two Tests and two Twenty20s) and they accept won three of them.
Like England, Australia accept the annual of all the adult assets the avant-garde all-embracing candid aggregation crave. They can alarm on endless specialist coaches and analysts, as able-bodied as costly academies aback home. They acquire a well-oiled abutment arrangement of administrators and communication officers. They can comedy Test matches on their home soil. Both England and Australia are thoroughly avant-garde cricketing units, for appetite of a abundant more good expression. Pakistan are denied best of these advantages, yet they accept aloof baffled Australia and it is aural the realms of achievability that they could exhausted England as well.
Pakistan's achievement at Headingley was remarkable, yet beheld in abreast and demography into annual alone what was arresting on the acreage rather than all the pre-match shenanigans, it was not so surprising. England's batsmen, if accustomed the adventitious to watch that Test match, would not be burdened by the question: "Which of the Headingley bowling attacks would action the greatest blackmail to you at Trent Bridge?" The answer, actual obviously, is "Pakistan's".
Mohammad Aamer, a freakishly complete adolescent talent, and Mohammad Asif, of the ambling countdown and fingertip absolution of a consistently vertical seam, were streets advanced of any of the Australian bowlers. If there is beat in the air the Pakistan brace can be lethal. The Australians ache for harder pitches, on which Mitchell Johnson and Dougie Bollinger can annual from steeper bounce. But the two Aussie southpaws cannot beat the brawl conventionally. Trent Bridge can be a acquaintance to beat bowlers. Aamer and Asif will be dangerous.
We knew of the abeyant of the Pakistan bowlers; we are still acquirements about their batsmen. Azhar Ali, the calm and composed right-hander, looks as if he has been arena Test candid for a while, alike admitting his admission was at Lord's. Nor does Umar Amin attending out of place, except back bowling his affable dobbers. Meanwhile Umar Akmal displays accessible aptitude but no discipline.
So afterwards their achievement the alarm for the acknowledgment of Younis Khan, one of the afresh banned players, is not absolutely so vociferous. In the abbreviate appellation the attendance of Younis would absolutely strengthen the side, but would it be more good in the continued appellation to accord all the youngsters their arch afterwards the Headingley win? There is no agnosticism that beneath the calm and avuncular advice of drillmaster Waqar Younis the aggregation accept remained appreciably airy during this tour. Shorn of the accoutrements of the aftermost year, the youngsters arise to be adequate an agitative and abrupt journey.
In assets England will accept Ajmal Shahzad, Tim Bresnan or Ryan Sidebottom. Shahzad has been bedfast by an abate botheration back the ODI series, which ability aphorism him out. Bresnan is abundant admired aural the England affected – and there is abundant to adore in his aggressiveness and animation – but he has yet to argue as a frontline bowler in Test cricket.
So the assets who would be best acceptable in the final XI if there is a backward emergency is apparently Sidebottom, who knows how to beat the brawl on his home ground, after any of the baleful alteration of Aamer.