‘I admit that in the previous five Test matches my performance has not been good and I am concerned about it’, says Mohammad Hafeez

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“It happens in cricket, you try your best but sometimes you can’t perform in a particular format”

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez has admitted that he has not been performing to the best of his abilities over the past five Test matches he has played.

However, he also noted that he was just “one big innings” away from “being settled in the format”.

“It’s not a bad patch, it’s not form too,” Hafeez said in Lahore. “It happens in cricket, you try your best but sometimes you can’t perform in a particular format. It’s not a matter of technique even, the ball is coming on to my bat but I am not able to play a big innings. It happens with any big cricketer.”

Hafeez has only managed to amass 102 runs in 10 Test innings this year and his biggest failure came during Pakistan’s three-Test tour of South Africa in February.

In South Africa, Hafeez failed to pick the swinging deliveries and soon became South African pace bowler Dale Steyn’s bunny.

During Pakistan’s recent tour of Zimbabwe, Hafeez failed to break out of his slump as he scored 59 runs in four innings.

Hafeez has attributed his lack of form to the fact that Pakistan do not play enough Test matches per year.

“If you look at [the] Test series we played against South Africa six months ago, we didn’t play first-class cricket [until the Zimbabwe series this month], so it’s a lengthy gap and it’s not easy to adapt yourself in the format after such lengthy gap,” Hafeez said. “But yes it’s not an excuse, I admit that in the previous five Test matches my performance has not been good and I am concerned about it.”

Despite admitting that he was out of form, Hafeez also noted that he would accept his fate, even if that meant being dropped from the Test team.

“I am playing well in the other formats and it’s not like that I am not doing the handwork, but maybe I need to be doing more handwork,” Hafeez said. “I am just one big inning away from being settled in the format. But the selectors’ job is to pick the best team for Pakistan, if they think my place is there in the team, they will pick me, otherwise I will accept their decision.”

When asked if he would consider moving down the order to find his form, Hafeez said: “It’s not my decision, to decide whether to bat lower down the order. I am always ready to play at whatever the number they want me to play at, but it’s the decision of team management.”

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