Captain Michael Vaughan believes the success England's batsmen had against Shane Warne in the Ashes series will stand them in good stead for the tour to Pakistan.
The squad fly out to the sub-continent today for one of the most testing trips in international cricket.
Many touring sides have come unstuck in Pakistan after struggling to come to terms with the conditions.
The majority of Vaughan's squad have not experienced a tour to the sub-continent and after the seamer-friendly pitches of an English summer, they will find spinners coming to the fore in Pakistan.
However, the 30-year-old is confident they can adapt quickly, believing the form they showed against the greatest spinner in the history of the game during a victorious Ashes series highlighted how they are no longer over-awed by slower bowlers.
"I would be very surprised if we go to Pakistan and it doesn't spin. But we have become decent players of spin over the last few years," said Vaughan.
"Look at the World XI team [in the recent ICC Super Test in Australia] and the success Stuart MacGill and Warne [both leg spinners] had against the best players in the world.
"That shows what success we had against Warne. He managed to take 40 wickets but we took him for a few an over." England coach Duncan Fletcher is also in no doubt about the magnitude of the task ahead of his side.
The players will find none of the euphoria which followed their every move during the summer as, despite the presence of the Barmy Army it will be a considerably quieter affair for the team.
Fletcher believes, though, that is something which may work to their advantage.
"It is going to be a challenge within itself. The wickets are going to be different and it will be interesting to see if they go with spinning wickets - which will bring our reverse swing into play," he said.
"I think most sides who go there find the type of wickets difficult to win on but we have adopted an attitude which has been pretty positive.
"The most pleasing aspect is we have been given challenges and, especially in the last two years, we have risen to them.
"There should be very few distractions. It is a good tour to go on as the side have to really focus on their game."
Vaughan is not concerned many of his side have not experienced conditions on the sub-continent but he did warn they should not expect to replicate the kind of scoring seen in the Ashes when both teams often went along at four an over.
"It is a big opportunity for the team to go and continue the progress we have made this summer," said the Yorkshire batsman.
"The last two years have been very good for the England team and the tour to Pakistan will test our skills.
"There are a couple of newcomers in the squad. Simon Jones will be missed because he has become a fantastic bowler with reverse swing, but it creates chances for Liam Plunkett, James Anderson and Alex Loudon.
"It will be a real challenge, but an exciting challenge. We just need to stick to our basics and get our plans right.
"We haven't been for a couple of years but it is slower cricket than you play in England, South Africa and Australia.
"The runs rates are lower and spinners come more into the game."
"We will certainly keep our feet on the ground and prepare well.
"But we have to draw confidence from the fact we beat Australia, because we are going to need all those attributes to beat Pakistan away from home."