Joe Root ready for No. 3 role in series against Pakistan

Pietersen did, however, admit that England are likely to face a stern test from Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir, who is returning to Lord's six years after the spot-fixing controversy erupted. "Joe Root is one of their best players and he has to take the responsibility, so that's why he is at No.3. But, as a team, it is a risky place to get waylaid by that, because we could find ourselves in a lot of trouble", Broad was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Monday.

"I think he will deal with all those things", said Riaz at Lord's on Tuesday. "We will make sure that we get both Cook and Root out so that we can put the pressure on the middle order".

Legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has admitted he is not anxious about the Pakistan's pace attack and it is the team's batting which is a matter of concern ahead of the upcoming Test series against England.

"I don't think I have got the power (to control crowd reaction)".

"Over here, the wickets will be much more even".

He agreed to bowl no-balls at specific points during the match in exchange for money as gamblers bet large sums on proceedings with inside information. In my time, only Mohammad Yousuf and Younis Khan did well against us and they are among the very best of all time.

"It probably comes down to making peace with what (the press) are going to write, what the public are going to think, and accepting that if you get caught second slip having a big whoosh, so be it".

England take on the tourists at Lord's in the first of four matches starting on Thursday, but they will do so without leading wicket-taker Anderson, who is recovering from a shoulder injury. He is just as quick, and as competitive as ever.

He is verbal. He lets you know he is bowling at you.

Broad's primary concern, of course, is with the ball - and he admits the Lord's pitch, which has offered so little to the seamers of late, is a headache. "If it's sunny, you have to be more consistent and bowl into the stumps".

"It's a ground that I love playing at", Roland-Jones said. We're not a very experienced attack, but we all have the ability to win a Test match.

The day we learnt about the spot-fix at Lord's in 2010, when it emerged that Amir and Mohammad Asif had deliberately bowled no balls in exchange for money and in collusion with their captain, Salman Butt, was frightful. "He's a risky bowler for any opponent". I want to come back and play a good standard, worldwide standard, so I need to work hard and train hard. We all take him as our young brother and he is a part of our family.

"We're expecting a lot of support because there are a lot of Pakistani communities here in the United Kingdom, they're always here to support us and hopefully we won't let them down this time", said Wahab.

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