The squad flies out to the UAE today ahead of two warm-up games and three Test matches, with the first beginning on 17 January.
Speaking at a news conference at Heathrow Airport, Strauss accepted England have previously faced issues in the subcontinent, but said the squad is confident and revitalised after a two-month break.
â€œWeâ€™re all pretty refreshed, excited and ready to go,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™re very aware that this tour in particular against Pakistan, who have played a lot of good cricket recently, is going to be a very strong challenge for us.â€
Pakistan have been revitalised under the stewardship of Misbah-ul-Haq, who took over as captain from Salman Butt in October 2010.
Since then they have not lost a Test series, and won the last one at their adopted UAE home, against Sri Lanka last November.
Former Kent opening batsman, David Fulton, echoed Straussâ€™s sentiment but expects England to maintain their winning ways.
â€œThey [England] should have too much, but Pakistan are a mercurial side who obviously have a bit to prove with everything that has happened over the last 12-18 months, so they will be dangerous,â€ he told The Sport Review.
â€œI donâ€™t think England will go there underestimating them but it wonâ€™t be a stroll in the park and the next 12 months will define them as a side.â€
As was the case with last Octoberâ€™s ODI tour of India, Englandâ€™s batsmen will once again be under scrutiny in the sub-continental conditions.
In Saeed Ajmal, the hosts possess one of the worldâ€™s finest spin bowlers, and Umar Gul will undoubtedly pose a serious threat, especially when the ball begins to reverse-swing.
The last series between the two sides ended in controversial circumstances after the spot-fixing scandal was exposed, which eventually resulted in bans and jail sentences for Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.
But Fulton believes that if Pakistan can put this behind them and concentrate on playing cricket then they will continue to improve under Misbahâ€™s captaincy.
â€œIf Pakistan can get some sort of unity together in the wake of what has happened then they will be very keen to do things well with the talented players they have,â€ said Fulton.
â€œIt will be a battle on the subcontinent pitches and Iâ€™m not sure what the atmosphere is going to be like at the grounds but I imagine the series will be a great spectacle.â€
The series promises to be an exciting affair between two talented sides enjoying good form, but fans and players alike will be hoping this time the action happens solely on the pitch.
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