Kevin Pietersen believes England is a confident unit at the moment having won against the arch rivals Australia, but, they must be wary of the fact that the conditions in the upcoming Pakistan series will be completely different to what they countered in the Ashes.
According to Pietersen, more than the batting, the worry for England is the spin bowling especially with the news coming in that the uncapped southpaw spinner Zafar Ansari will now not be able to play any part on the Emirates tour after sustaining an injury playing county Cricket.
Ansari was tipped to be handed his debut in the first test match.
He would probably have found himself batting at the top of the order alongside Alastair Cook and would also have performed the role of the third spinner.
But, with him ruled out now, it would be quite hard for England to play three spinners as in that scenario they would have to sacrifice a batsman which they would be reluctant to do.
However, Moeen Ali is someone whom the team management can consider putting at the top of the order, but, the thing to be noted is that he has never played as an opener in County Cricket. So, his credentials against the new ball are not proven.
In Emirates though, Moeen might not get challenged that much as the ball very rarely swings there.
With Moeen opening, England would find the space for an extra spinner, but, Pietersen is not quite sure that they would go for any such move.
In a TV programme, when the South Africa born batsman was asked if he reckons England would open with Moeen, he said, “There’s Alex Hales as well. He can make an impact with his aggressive approach. Let’s see.”
“The key in that series will be how we handle spin. We are blessed with some good batting talent at the moment, but, Pakistan’s spin attack is world class.”