Azhar Ali says Pak’s key to facing Johnson would be enhanced concentration level

Karachi, May 12: Pakistani Test cricketer Azhar Ali has said that Pakistan’s key to facing Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson, during their series later this year, would be to ensure that their concentration levels are at their peak and they have a clear mind and planning.

Ali, who made his Test debut for Pakistan against Australia in July 2010 at Lords, said that Johnson has been in fantastic form of late and there has been no stopping him.

Ali said that the Australian paceman has found his rhythm, which always helps a quick bowler, and his confidence is high, which would make him a formidable opponent in the United Arab Emirates, Pak Passion reported.

The right-handed batsman added that in the past Johnson has bowled quick but now he has added accuracy to his bowling and is moving the ball both ways, which does not make it easy to handle as a batsman.

Ali said that Johnson is a match-winner and a bowler who has really improved, adding that the Pakistani squad would ensure that their concentration levels are at their peak, as any slip-ups would make the paceman pounce on them.

Ali, who is currently undergoing rehabilitation from an ankle injury, is likely to play a pivotal role for Pakistan in their series against Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand in the coming months, the report added. (ANI)