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'We're looking forward giving them a tough time': Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq warns England of pitches helping their deadly spin bowlers ahead of first Test at Old Trafford Misbah-ul-Haq has warned England that Pakistan have the bowlers to hurt them Central to Pakistan's plans will be the leg-breaks and googlies of Yasir Shah Mohammad Abbas also provides an almost English-style swing and seam While Naseem Shah, 17, is the latest in a long line of precocious Pakistan quicks 

By Lawrence Booth for MailOnline

Published: 15:09 BST, 3 August 2020 | Updated: 15:09 BST, 3 August 2020

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Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq has warned England his side have the bowlers to hurt them when their three-Test series gets under way in Manchester on Wednesday.

England last won a series against the Pakistanis back in 2010, their longest spell without a victory against a major Test nation. 

And Misbah – who captained his country to a memorable 2-2 draw here four years ago – is confident his players can extend that run after watching the recent series against West Indies.

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq warns England that his side have the bowlers to hurt them

Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq warns England that his side have the bowlers to hurt them

'You always look for the weaknesses in the opposition,' he said. 'It's encouraging that the pitches are helping the spinners, and we're looking forward giving them a tough time.'

Central to Pakistan's plans as they embark on their first Test match since February will be the leg-breaks and googlies of Yasir Shah, who in 2016 took 10 in the match at Lord's and a five-wicket haul at The Oval – both resulting in Pakistan wins.

'Yasir is bowling well and he played a wider role when we last visited England in the two victories at Lord's and The Oval,' said Misbah. 'That always plays a huge role on your mind – and the opposition's mind also. He bowled well during the practice

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