Pakistan feel more at home in T20 and ODI cricket; they are not a strong test team.
They do not have batsmen who can stay at the crease for a long time.
Their batting will crumble against Australia's pace attack.
This tour should be treated as a learning experience for the young Pakistan team.
These were the kind of statements that were being made during the lead up to the first test between Pakistan and Australia at Lord's.
Even the most optimistic of Pakistani fans do not have high expectations from the inexperienced test team that is currently in England.
And no one has given them a serious chance against Australia and England, arguably two of the best test teams around.
With all this pessimism and caution surrounding the team, one man defied all logic and on the eve of the first test made the statement that "Australia are beatable".
That man was no other than the Pakistan captain, Shahid Afridi.
He was targeted by the Australians during the build up with Ricky Ponting saying that they will "sort Afridi out".
The Aussies know that Afridi is the pulse of the Pakistan team at the moment. All the players are feeding off Afridi's commitment and enthusiasm; they're all looking confident and aggressive - a mind set that has been instilled by Afridi.
So to target him is the probably the best way to target Pakistan.
Afridi knows only one way to respond and that is to attack.
Soon after Ponting came out to the crease Afridi was seen stretching his arms suggesting that he wanted to take on the Australian captain.
Even though Afridi lost the battle against his counterpart, his team has won the contest on day 1.
There was never any doubt that Pakistan's pace attack would trouble the Australian batsmen; they had done so previously at Sydney as well.
With Australia at 229-9 at the end of day 1, Afridi would be a happy captain.
He dared to dream that Pakistan could beat Australia in a test match, something they have not done in the last 15 years!
And his troops responded aptly in the field. There were no dropped catches; hardly any misfields; and every single player looked confident.
Even when Clarke and Katich were scoring freely, the Pakistani shoulders did not drop. Afridi kept the pressure on and he continued to attack.
It paid off handsomely in the end.
Pakistan's last few captains have been on the defensive side so to see an aggressive touch was a pleasure; it was as aggressive as it used to be in the Wasim Akram days.
And that is when Pakistan plays at its best.
The job is still not over as Michael Hussey, who took the game away from Pakistan in Sydney, is still at the crease; and Pakistan's weaker link, its inexperienced batting line up, is still to be tested.
But if Afridi can dream, why can't we?
Will you dare to dream that the Australian innings will be over within 5 overs in the morning?
Will you dare to dream that the Pakistan openers will put on a century partnership?
Will you dare to dream that the Pakistani debutants, Umar Amin and Azhar Ali will score memorable debut centuries at Lord's?
Will you dare to dream that Umar Akmal will tear Australia's attack apart?
Will you dare to dream that Shahid Afridi will make his bat talk and show the world that he is as capable in test cricket as he is in the limited over formats?
Will you dare to dream?