Birmingham: Pakistan's Sohail Khan said watching videos of England great James Anderson had helped him end five years of Test exile with a maiden five-wicket haul at Edgbaston on Wednesday. The 32-year-old right arm paceman justified his recall by taking five for 96 as England were dismissed for 297 on the first day of the third Test.
Speaking after play, Sohail said: "I’ve watched a lot of Jimmy Anderson’s bowling especially here in England, "I’ve learnt a lot from the way he bowls. "Today I tried to pitch it up and let it swing.
"I've had a few injuries over the years but now I feel like I’m a more complete bowler." Sohail has been in the Test wilderness for five years, last playing against Zimbabwe in 2011 and before that featuring in only one other Test against Sri Lanka, where he finished wicketless as Mahela Jayawardene, and Thilan Samaraweera both whacked double tons.
The man from Malakand, who once trained with oil cans full of cement, and by swimming upstream is delighted to get another shot at Test success. Sohail's success adds to what is already an enthralling series with a decided redemption narrative, especially from Pakistan's point of view.
The seamer continued: "I dreamt of taking five wickets in a Test match every day that I was out of the Pakistan team, "I had hints I might play a couple of days ago when the coach and the captain said ‘be ready’."