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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes that batsman Babar Azam would be a lot more successful in Test cricket if he played his natural game.
Azam, who is currently playing in the historic Test match against Ireland, has established himself as a force to be reckoned with in the limited overs formats as he averages 51.11 in ODIs and 53 in Twenty20 Internationals.
However, he has not been able to replicate that success in the longest format of the game, where he averages 23.75.
Delving deeper into Azam’s weakness in Test cricket, Sarfraz was quoted by the Business Recorder as saying: “I believe that he (Babar Azam) doesn’t play his natural game in Test cricket.
“I always talk to him saying play according to your game, attack when you get the deliveries as it will give you confidence.”
Meanwhile, Sarfraz admitted that he has been highly impressed by pace bowler Hasan Ali and spinner Shadab Khan’s meteoric rise since they made their debuts in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
“I will [give] 10/10 to Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan because these two are [cementing] their positions in the side, and are improving day by day,” he said. “When we look at Hasan Ali’s performance in one-and-a-half years, he has been quite impressive, becoming our strike bowler.”