Pakistan vs England: Babar Azam, Naseem Shah and Haris Rauf are the home team’s danger in the test series | Cricket News

Pakistan welcomed England in the Test series for the first time since 2005 and their 18-man squad for three games had some surprises.

Left-handed fast pitcher Shaheen Shah Afridi missed due to appendicitis surgery and rehabilitation in his right knee, giving a chance for a number of new names to land regular spots in the Tests section, including enigmatic cameraman Abrar Ahmed and motorsportsman. Motivational accelerator Mohammad Ali.

Mohammad Wasim, Zahid Mahmood and Haris Rauf, who have impressed in whiteball cricket, are also hoping to win their first Test cap.

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The Pakistani team still boasts experience, consisting of captains Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Shan Masood, and while the team is sixth in the ICC Test standings, they will pose a threat to the England team starting their tour. first international tour under captain Ben Stokes and head coach Brendon McCullum.

Here, Sports sky consider six of the players Pakistan will watch in the previous three-game series The first test in Rawalpindi, broadcast live on Sky Sports Cricket on Thursday (4:30am broadcast, before the first ball at 5am).

Haris Rauf

The nimble right hand has impressed in ODI and T20 international cricket, scoring 101 shots in 72 games and will likely play a vital role in Pakistan’s bowling assault.

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In Shaheen’s absence, Babar will likely switch to Rauf to catch the ball with a new ball. Rauf is something of a late bloomer in cricket; he was working as a salesman until his mid-20s, but made a splash with his speed and ability to hit holes.

After earning a contract in the Pakistan Super League, Rauf earned a Big Bash League contract and the following year was called up to the national team, where he flourished.

England will know all about Rauf from the T20 series in Pakistan in September. Rauf may take some time to adapt to red-ball cricket, but he will be a danger once he gets his feet under the ground. table.

Abrar Ahmed

Another new name on the Pakistani side, Ahmed, is a mysterious pitcher. The 24-year-old can hit the ball googly, carrom and fool hitters with his variations.

His outstanding spin caught the attention of local coaches in Karachi after he racked up 53 goals in 2016 at a local tournament.

Abrar has never played for the national team of any kind before, but has been in the spotlight since he started playing in PSL for the Karachi Kings and could be someone to watch when the turn comes.

Babar Azam

After leading Pakistan to defeat in a seven-match T20 series and a T20 World Cup final against England, Babar will be captain of the Test team, hoping for a better result.

With more than 3,000 Test runs, the 28-year-old was quickly given the captain’s armband. However, he will need Pakistan to get some wins so they can come up late in the World Test Championship.

Babar’s runs are important in all competitions, but he will need to be at his best if Pakistan is to have any chance of beating England in the Test series. A lot rests on him as a 3rd place hitter in the Cricket Test.

His innings in the second game against Australia at home in March showed just how important he is. Pakistan was certain to fail, but Babar racked up a stunning 196th, the highest fourth-half score by a captain in Test history, hitting the ball for over 10 hours to help his team win a draw.

Mohamad Ali

At the age of 30, fast pitcher Ali was asked to wait for his first call-up to the Test side.

He first came to the attention in 2018 as the top catcher in a local league, winning 41 catches in six games and helping his team win the title.

Nicknamed ‘Dizzy’, Ali’s sharp and precise bowling style has been compared to that of Jason Gillespie. He plays first class cricket with Central Punjab in Pakistan and is their top catcher this year.

The first test took place at Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, which Ali had already enjoyed success with, with 27 of his 85 first-class hits reaching the site.

Mohamad Rizwan

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Rizwan had a mixed year with batsman in redball cricket but impressed in the aforementioned Second Test against Australia by hitting 104 not out as Pakistan clinched a draw after the defeat.

With Abdullah Shafique and Imam-ul-Haq almost certain to open the scoring, Azhar Ali and Babar are likely to come in third and fourth, so Rizwan looks set to come in fifth. .

The surprise choice of former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed raises some interesting questions ahead of the First Test.

Rizwan is an extremely reliable hitter in all forms but Pakistan could use Sarfaraz’s experience behind the trees and use Rizwan as a professional hitter.

Regardless of Rizwan’s role in the series, Pakistan will look to the 30-year-old for mid-range roles.

Naseem Shah

Although only 19 years old, Naseem already has a lot of experience in the first division. The fast pitcher made his debut at the age of 15 and was called up to the national team in 2019, at the age of 16. He is the second youngest pitcher to hit a 5-stroke in a Test match and has played 13 times for Pakistan, scoring 33 sockets.

His natural, quick action meant he created pace with absolute ease, but like many nimble young pitchers, he was injured. He returned to red-ball cricket in the Third Test against Australia in Lahore in March and shows no sign of injury causing any problems with his pace.

England will have to be wary of his electric pace and without Shaheen, Naseem would be Pakistan’s key pitcher.

Watch the first British Test series in Pakistan since 2005 streamed exclusively on Sky Sports. Live coverage begins Thursday at 4:30am on Sky Sports Cricket before the first ball at 5am.


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