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Eng v Pak, 3rd Test; Azhar XI aims to avoid defeat and maintain record


Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

21st Aug, 2020. 11:23 am
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Pakistan

Pakistan, who haven’t lost a series in the country since the end of 2010, will look to maintain their record as they will encounter host England in the third and final test, starting from Friday.

According to the details, Pakistan ended up losing the first Test from a dominant position while the second Test was drawn without much action due to rain and bad light.

However, the weather still remains in focus in the final test, to be played today in the Rose Bowl, Southampton.

Pakistan, are fifth with 153 points.

A win will take them above New Zealand to fourth, but they will still be quite a distance behind third-placed England.

Despite, the 10-year run is under threat, Pakistan Test Cricket Team Captain Azhar Ali believes he can regain form and end his poor form in the series.

“I was feeling really confident about myself in the two hours or so I spent at the crease in my previous innings (20) and my balance was good as well,” he said.

“It is my responsibility to make sure that I score runs.”

England replaced Ben Stokes with Zak Crawley, and as he did against West Indies in Southampton last month, the Kent batsman impressed with a half-century.

Waqar Younis, Pakistan bowling coach said Conditions were tough, Rizwan played a brave, positive, and calculated knock. It’s not easy batting with the tail, but he added small partnerships and got Pakistan to a total where we all were feeling confident and were in the game.”

Earlier Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq said fitness has been an important part of our strategy as a team” since he took charge in September.

Pakistan Squad

Along with Babar Azam and Captian Azhar Ali, other players including Abid A,

Asad Shafiq,

Fawad Alam,

Imam-ul-Haq,

Kashif Bhatti,

Mohammad Abbas,

Mohammad Rizwan,

Naseem Shah,

Sarfaraz Ahmed,

Shadab Khan,

Shaheen Afridi,

Shan Masood,

Sohail Khan, and Yasir Shah, will be playing against the three-lion flag team.

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