DUBAI  - Pakistan pace spearhead Umar Gul Thursday showed readiness for the strong challenge that world number one Test team England pose in the three-Test series starting here next week.

The 27-year-old paceman, now leading the attack after Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer were banned in the 2010 spot-fixing case, said he and fellow players will be at their best against the top team. "No doubt England is a very good team and they are number one in Tests," said Gul of England who rose to number one in August last year. "We are also playing good cricket and are ready for any challenge they pose."

Gul said an unbeaten run has lifted the Pakistan team with extra confidence.

"There is no substitute to doing well and because we have done well in the last one year our morale is very high and the conditions will also help us as we are playing here for three years now," said Gul of the United Arab Emirates conditions.