London - Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes if the English batsmen don’t learn to play Pakistani bowler Saeed Ajmal, they will lose the Test series.

Ajmal took career-best figures of 7-55 against England on the first day of the first Test match against England in Dubai. England were bowled out for a paltry 192 runs on a pitch, which looked good for batting and at the close, Pakistan had made 42 without loss.

Vaughan thinks England batsmen inability to play Ajmal can cost them the series. “England was outplayed from the fifth over on. If Ajmal continues to do what he’s done today, he’ll win the series,” The BBC quoted Vaughan, as saying.

This is the first series that England is playing after trouncing India 4-0 in a Test series at home and assuming the number one ranking in Test cricket.

Vaughan believes England’s weakness in playing spin bowling and lack of experience of playing in the subcontinent can cause them problems during this Test series.

“This is a bit of a series of the unknown for this team because they’ve not played in the subcontinent and not faced any really world-class spinners. The ball hasn’t done a great deal but Ajmal got 7-55 and spinners have taken 9-112,” he added.

He claimed that England were around 200 runs short of a good score in their first innings since conditions for batting on the first day were excellent.

“The pitch is a belter, you’d say par is probably 400 so England are 200 runs light of a par score. They got out playing some poor shots. You saw them clap themselves off but they’ll know they let themselves down,” he added.

England is facing criticism from various quarters on their decision to play only four specialist bowlers in the match with Graeme Swann, the only spinner. Many believe Monty Panesar should have been picked for this Test match.

But Vaughan believes even if Panesar was selected, then he and Swann don’t have that quality or disguise that Ajmal has.

“An off-spinner like Ajmal takes some looking at and getting used to because there’s a lot of wrist involved. There’s a lot arm and suddenly it spins in but an off-spinner from England, while they’re all very pretty and nice, it’s not a mysterious action,” he added.