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Azhar was assured that he as essentially the most senior batsman would stick with it his kind in residence circumstances. Picture: AFP/File
  • The historic sequence in opposition to South Africa will start on January 26 in Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium.
  • Azhar is assured that he as essentially the most senior batsman would stick with it his kind in residence circumstances.
  • The Pakistani batsman additional shared that his conversations with the crew coaches are at all times “satisfactory”.

KARACHI: Commenting about South Africa’s “strong fast-bowling”, former Pakistan skipper Azhar Ali identified that Proteas’ bowling will pose an enormous problem for the house crew within the upcoming take a look at sequence, The Information reported on Saturday.

The historic sequence in opposition to South Africa will start on January 26 in Karachi’s Nationwide Stadium.

Addressing a digital convention, Azhar mentioned: “It would be a good challenge for our batsmen to play against top-quality bowling of South Africa.”

“The visitors’ fast-bowling is strong. They also have experienced left-arm spinner, Keshav Maharaj, on their side. They have all their bases covered. We will have to bring in our best game against them,” the previous Pakistani captain added.

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Being the “most-experienced member” on the facet, Azhar opined: “We should get the advantage of the home conditions. It’s very important to win a home series as people expect that from the team.”

“We are confident that our batting line-up will perform. Babar has also come back after the injury. In-home conditions players shine. On tours of England and New Zealand, too, some of our batsmen scored centuries. We are not far behind. Asian nations always face issues in those conditions but we fought there and it’s a positive thing,” Azhar famous.

‘I’m in prime kind’

Azhar, who has scored 6,302 runs in 83 Exams at a median of 42.87, having hit 17 centuries and 32 fifties, was assured that he as essentially the most senior batsman would stick with it his kind in residence circumstances. 

“I am in top form. The best thing is that I feel confident when I go to the crease. I will try to continue the same form against South Africa and will try to score runs,” Azhar shared.

In December 2019, Azhar hit 118 within the Check in opposition to Sri Lanka right here at Nationwide Stadium which Pakistan received by 263 runs. 

He scored a high quality 93 within the first innings of the Christchurch Check in opposition to New Zealand just lately which Pakistan misplaced by an enormous margin of an innings and 176 runs.

Talking about his batting place, Azhar mentioned: “As a senior player I can say that a batsman should have a particular position at which he should bat. I have always tried to act according to the team’s plans and management’s request as far as my position as a batsman is concerned.” 

The Pakistani batsman further shared that his conversations with the team coaches are always “satisfactory”.

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“Every player has a bad patch. Sometimes, players fail to score even one run. We have Younis and Misbah and I trust them. They know me and I also share with them when I feel some problems in batting,” Azhar mentioned.

Recommendation for younger gamers

Advising younger gamers inducted within the facet for the Check sequence to play constructive cricket, Azhar mentioned: “International cricket is always a challenge for new players as they also feel a sort of insecurity in case they fail to click. Besides this, there is a huge gap between our domestic and international cricket.”

“The youth should rely on their skills, take the moment with positive intent, avoid going towards negatives and enjoy their game,” he added.

“In our culture, very little time is given to a player. Many players are dropped after just one or two games. I think this culture should be changed,” he was fast so as to add.

Pakistan has introduced 9 uncapped gamers within the preliminary 20-man facet which might be slashed to the ultimate 16 earlier than the primary Check.

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