Cricket Farbrace: England must take chances against Pakistan

England assistant Paul Farbrace says the importance of taking their chances has been stressed ahead of the upcoming Test series with Pakistan.

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England assistant coach Paul Farbrace says the importance of taking chances has been stressed to the team as they aim to gain revenge on Pakistan in the upcoming Test series.

After regaining the Ashes earlier this year, England face Pakistan in a three-match Test series in the United Arab Emirates, with the first match starting next Tuesday.

England were beaten 3-0 in their last Test series with Pakistan in the UAE in 2011-12 and are under illusions as to what they need to do to avenge that whitewash.

Farbrace said: "We've got senior players who've been here and experienced it, and I think there was a feeling that " although they lost the last Test series here 3-0 " it was one they could quite easily have won.

"They didn't, that's history, it's gone now. But I think we've got a great chance with this group to play some really good cricket, and we're looking to be as positive as we possibly can be.

"We're coming here knowing it's going to be a very, very tough series. I said at the end of the Australian series I expected this to be a tougher series for us to play in."

England drew their opening warm-up with Pakistan 'A', and were forced to work hard for their 286 runs and five wickets in the two-day encounter.

Farbrace added: "We knew it was going to be tough, very different obviously from conditions we've just played in the Ashes.

"The application with the ball was outstanding. The one thing we've just had a quick chat about is that, to win a Test match, you've got to take 20 chances " and we've missed a couple of chances here.

"That's something we'll have to work very hard on, and something we prided ourselves on in the Ashes series.

"We've still got a good few days to go, so there'll be plenty of catching [practice] done over the next few days. But generally, I think we had a really good two days. We saw how players adapted quite quickly to the situation and conditions.

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