Vaughan: Pakistan a real threat

England cannot afford to under-estimate Pakistan when the two sides meet in the United Arab Emirates next month, according to Michael Vaughan.

The former England captain believes that Pakistan are “a potential threat” to the world’s number one Test side, and pointed to their bowling attack as the main reason for this.

He claimed the side have a “rock-solid” bowling line-up and this means that Pakistan are more than capable of catching England cold in the first Test.

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Vaughan also pointed out that England can lose their discipline if things are not going their way, as happened when they toured India in October.

“They (England) are No. 1 Test team but must acknowledge there are areas of their game they need to improve, starting with playing in the subcontinent,” he said.

Vaughan also warned the side against unrealistic expectations, claiming that they face a tough task in holding on to their number one status in 2012 as they are likely to face some “tough challenges” in the year ahead.

The series against Pakistan, which starts on January 17th and will be played in neutral venues because of the political situation in Pakistan, will be followed by a tour of Sri Lanka which takes place in March and April.

During the English summer, the side will play Test series against the West Indies and South Africa.