Lahore - Pakistan opener Azhar Ali, like all cricketers, wants his name on the Lord’s honours board and he wants to do that with a ton, but without pressuring himself with the task.

“The first Test is at Lord’s and everyone wishes to have their name on the Lord’s honours board. This will be an opportunity for me to score a century there, however, I am not taking this task as an added pressure. My main task would be to lead the batting and score runs so that my team has an advantage,” said Azhar while talking to the reporters here at the Gaddafi Stadium on Wednesday.

The right-handed opener believes that English condition will favour fast-bowlers and his compatriot pacers have the ability to trouble the English side, which will have home advantage but Pakistan are ready for the challenge. “Home side always has an advantage when it comes to playing in certain conditions. England will come hard at us because they are coming back after losing against New Zealand away from home, so they will try to win their home series,” he said and added: “The conditions in England will favour fast bowlers. We have a good bunch of pacer and hopefully, they will trouble the English batsmen.”

When asked how the Test team will fare in the absence of veterans Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan in England, the 33-year-old said the youngsters need backing to deliver results. “Yes, English conditions would be tough and especially in the absence of legends Misbah and Younus. They will be a challenge for everyone and even the players, who have already played there, need time to adjust in English conditions.

“But we have a plan to upstage England on their home turf. We should back our youngsters who are going on the tour. When you have a new team and you are going on a tough tour, obviously, it poses a big challenge, but if we play as a unit and back each other, then we can extract good performances,” he added.

When asked the Test team is going to face the same fate as it did against Sri Lanka in the UAE, succumbing to a 2-0 defeat in the two-match series, Azhar said there were a lot of positive in the series too. “There were good signs in the series too. Haris Sohail made his debut and scored runs while Asad Shafiq scored a century at the end. All these were positive signs. But yes there were batting collapses too. Players didn’t convert their starts into big scores. I think batsmen need to work on that.”

Pakistan’s one of the firmest weapons in Tests, leg-spinner Yasir Shah, will not be a part of the squad travelling to England and Azhar believes replacing him would be a tough task. “Yasir’s absence is a big loss. He has been performing for us for the past three-four years. He played a key role in our victories when we visited England last time around. Captain and coach would be looking to replace Yasir with someone new, but we don’t have anyone right now, who has been playing regularly in Tests for Pakistan.”