Pakistan 'haven't come here not to win', says coach Arthur

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that his "fearless" side have arrived in England with victory very much in their sights


Mickey Arthur is in bullish mood ahead of the first Test

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has insisted that his "fearless" side have arrived in England with victory very much in their sights.

The tourists go into the two-match series, which begins at Lord's on Thursday, as underdogs but can leapfrog their hosts in the world rankings with back-to-back victories.

And Arthur thinks that is an attainable goal, regardless of the relative inexperience of his team.

"We haven't come here not to win," he said.

"If we play well enough, it's a changing room full of very, very skilled cricketers, very young cricketers, fearless cricketers, guys that don't fear failure.

"They are an intelligent, skilful bunch of cricketers, who if we get the breaks and things go our way will certainly put England under pressure."


Mohammad Amir is fit for Pakistan

Pakistan go into the encounter at the Home of Cricket with just three wins from their past 11 Tests - two against West Indies and one in Ireland - but Arthur is enthused by the dynamics he sees at play within his squad.

"The brand of cricket we are playing is certainly a more attacking brand. We felt we needed to change with the times and get another bowler in," he said.

"We felt another bowler would lessen the load, particularly not having Yasir (Shah) here. And we are a more attacking side at the moment. Our batters will score quick.

"The emphasis is on taking wickets and on scoring (quickly). There are going to be times when you need to control the game but it's all about attack but that's not about getting blase becaus there are going to be moments when you have to show a lot of patience and absorb a bit of pressure. 

"But for us the best form of pressure is if we can put pressure back on the opposition and we do that by attacking."


Arthur has his team focused on winning in England

Arthur has been boosted by the return to fitness of strike bowler Mohammad Amir, who struggled with a chronic knee issue during the Ireland match in Malahide earlier in May.

"I think Mohammad Amir is the finest exponent of pace and swing when he gets it 100 per cent right. We've used that spell that Trent Boult bowled in Auckland. We've had a look at his lengths and the England batsmen then were on the back of a really tough winter for them," he said.

"We believe he bowls incredibly well at left-handers and there will be three left-handers (Alastair Cook, Mark Stoneman and Dawid Malan) in the (England) top four.

"He's ready, I just hope it goes really well for him because he's been unlucky at times with the amount of dropped catches. He's ready, he's determined, he's fit, he's strong, he's excited, he's in a very good place at the moment so I just hope it goes really well for him."

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