We have better spinners than India: Afghan captain

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For one-and-a-half years I have been out of the team and making efforts to improve my skills.

Lack of variation in pace attack and the Test series starting in August will also have an impact on England's performance despite having a quality seamer like James Anderson in their ranks.

According to report in Mumbai Mirror, the players in side for the match against Afghanistan will take the test on Saturday and Sunday.

Test cricket is the biggest platform to improve and learn from for young cricketers like me. Asked about the pressure on him for not living up to the expectations after his landmark 303 (not out) against England at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, he said, "If you (the media) don't bring it up, I am not thinking about it anymore".

Afghanistan will become just the 12th nation to play Test cricket when they take on India in Bengaluru from Thursday. "To be playing our first Test against India is a great honour and we hope to give a good account of ourselves", said Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai.

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"The whole world knows that [we have very good spinners in] Rashid Khan, Mujeeb [Ur Rahman], [Mohammad] Nabi, Rahmat [Shah], Zahir [Khan]", Stanikzai, the Afghanistan captain, told ESPNcricinfo.

The 28-year-old played four matches for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League earlier this year. "Ultimately, the goal is to play test cricket".

All of them learned to play in the dusty outskirts of Peshawar, the home in exile of Afghan cricket, and are now preparing to step into the limelight of a five-day test match for the first time. No one has played him in the longer format, and I'm sure he hasn't bowled much too with the red ball.

Meanwhile, the first of three Tests between the Windies and Sri Lanka in Port of Spain has seen Kusal Mendis move towards the top 10 with his valiant second innings century that came in a 226-run loss, their first to the Windies in 10 years. "I would like to do well in this Test and go on from there", said Nair, who has experienced highs and lows in his brief global career so far.

And wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad also admitted that Afghanistan's spinners, particularly Rashid - who is now ranked number one and number two in T20Is and ODIs respectively - are as good as any other spinners in the world and can push India hard in Bengaluru. You know, you are not looking to get that. They know they will get few innings and would be keen to make majority.

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