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Old Trafford condition will suit Pakistan bowling: Rixon

MANCHESTER: Pakistan newly appointed fielding coach Steve Rixon has suggested that the conditions in Manchester’s Old Trafford stadium will suite Pakistan bowling lineup more than Lord’s.

Pakistan won the first Test at Lord’s by 75 runs, courtesy Yasir’s Shah’s 10 wickets.

Rixon stated that extra bounce has been anticipated in the Old Trafford wicket which will help both Pakistan pace and spin attack.

Rixon was of the opinion that Manchester conditions will give an edge to Pakistan bowling attack.

Rixon was quoted telling to ESPNcricinfo that: “This pitch will suit both forms of our attack. “I think our seamers will do very well here with the extra bounce. They had a role to play in the last game, but probably didn’t start as well as they would have liked.

“Amir can move on now. And I do congratulate the Lord’s crowd again because they absolutely embraced him. They could have made life very hard for him, but they were very good. Fair play to them.”

The second Test of the four-match series will commence from Friday, Jul 22, at Old Trafford, Manchester.