Pak spinner Ajmal has advantage over Swann due to 'doosra' weapon: Holding

Former West Indian fast bowler Michael Holding has said spinner Saeed Ajmal has a better chance of making a mark in the Pakistan-England Test series as compared to his English counterpart, Graeme Swann.

His statement came ahead of the Pakistan-England series at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) next month.

Holding said Ajmal would have a huge advantage over Swann due to possessing 'doosra' as a lethal weapon to sharpen his spin attack.

But he said the condition in the UAE would also help slow bowlers like Swann.

"That's going to be really interesting because Saeed Ajmal has a delivery that Swann doesn't really bowl, which is the doosra. So that will be an extra dimension to Saeed Ajmal's bowling and of course, he will be bowling under conditions which he is familiar with. Graeme Swann, I think, will enjoy the conditions as well," The Nation quoted quoted Holding, as saying.

Holding added that England's bowling attack was better than that of Pakistan, which would ease the pressure on Swann.

"Swann has greater support bowlers, so Swann will have a better tangent to bowl within, in that he will have a better bowler at the other end to put pressure on the batsmen", Holding said.

Ajmal became top bowler in the ICC one Day International Rankings after the series against Sri Lanka.

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