Pakistan seamer Hasan Ali is anticipating advancing a few subtle strategies from English legend James Anderson during his County stretch with Lancashire. The right-arm seamer is likewise trusting that he gets some reverse swing in his forthcoming match since the wicket looks very dry.
Ali showed up in Manchester on Saturday and will play six County Championship games for Lancashire. The 27-year-old will begin his campaign against Kent at Canterbury in a few days. He is the 9th Pakistan cricketer to play in the current year’s edition of England’s best domestic cricket tournament.
Excited To Meet Jimmy Bhai: Hasan Ali
Addressing ESPNCricinfo, the 27-year-old said he feels blessed to have this open door given by Lancashire and piled acclaim on Anderson. The Punjab native speedster will gain from England’s unsurpassed driving wicket-taker in Tests the specialty of swinging the ball the two different ways, as well as the cross-seam delivery.
“I would like to thank the Lancashire management for the opportunity. I’m very excited and looking forward to sharing the dressing room with their players. Obviously we have Jimmy bhai, Jimmy Anderson, so I’m very happy and very excited.”
The 27-year-old went on:
“Honestly, I never spoke with him before. But now I’m going to have a lot of questions to ask him. I’m going to disturb him. We know he’s a great bowler. He swings the ball both ways. I’m going to learn how he swings the ball both ways, especially the cross-seam ball. I’m going to learn it.”
Hasan Ali has been battling with poor form as of late, taking just two wickets in as many Tests in the home series against Australia. He would be quick to recapture his lost touch through the County Championship games.
“He told me the ball reverses here” – Hasan Ali on speaking with Saqib Mahmood
Pakistan’s new-ball bowler uncovered he addressed England speedster Saqib Mahmood, who said reverse swing becomes possibly the most important factor in Manchester. The right-arm seamer underlined his experience with the reverse swing as a Pakistani bowler and is expecting the dry wickets to favor it.
“Saqib spoke with me this morning. He told me the ball reverses here. We know how to reverse the ball as Pakistan bowlers, since childhood, we used the reverse-swing because they’re tough conditions for the bowlers in Pakistan, dry conditions. It’s similar here. I know the weather is chill, but the square is dry and the wicket is dry so hopefully, it reverses.”
Lancashire were the runners-up in division one of the 2021 edition of the County Championship as Warwickshire claimed the title for the first time since 2012.