Younis hails Pakistan preparation


Younis Khan believed improved preparation from Pakistan was integral to the team making an encouraging start to their tour of England on Sunday.

In their first day of warm-up action ahead of a four-Test series with Alastair Cook's side, which starts at Lord's on July 14, Pakistan racked up 324-5 against an inexperienced Somerset attack at Taunton.

The vastly experienced Younis, his country's record Test run-scorer, led the way with 99 not out, while there were also substantial contributions from opener Shan Masood (62) and Asad Shafiq (80) on the opening day of three.

"It's always good when you start with a high," said Younis at the close of play, before highlighting the value of a training camp in Southampton.

"We are lucky that we came early in England and we had a good camp. Southampton was very kind with us and the facilities and everything were very nice.

"We came very early and especially the management and the coaching staff, they are giving time to us - especially at that camp back in Southampton - so we are well prepared and this is the first time that Pakistan bats very well at the start of a tour. So it has been quite nice to prepare well."

Younis, who was dropped twice in his innings, anticipates a stiff test from an England attack likely to be spearheaded by Stuart Broad and James Anderson, providing the latter can recover from injury.

"Not only Pakistan, but whenever any team comes to England, they struggle a little bit against the top bowling attack England have," Younis added.

"Everybody knows that it will not be easy for us, but as a batting unit we are prepared for that and we will try our best for our country."

The only downside for Pakistan on Sunday was a two-ball duck for skipper Misbah-ul-Haq.