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Pakistan all-rounder Faheem Ashraf has enjoyed a successful start to his Test career, but how does he plan to keep hold of his spot in the side?
Faheem revealed that he is working on his defence while batting and also on leaving good deliveries.
“At the moment, I am working on my defence and the skill of leaving the ball,” he was quoted as saying by the Business Recorder. “I was told that you can play the shots, so you will need to improve your defence in England because it is easy to attack the ball but not vice versa.”
The 24-year-old was identified as an exciting young talent in this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL), where he represented Islamabad United.
In the 12 matches he played, he scored 111 runs at an average of 27.75 and took 18 wickets at an average of 17.22.
Due to his superb performance in the tournament, he was included in Pakistan’s Test squad for historic Test against Ireland in May, where he made his Test debut. In that match, he struck a magnificent 83 and took one wicket.
In the first Test against England at Lord’s, which Pakistan won by nine wickets, he smashed a 38-ball 37 and took one wicket.
Faheem has had more success with the ball in the ongoing second Test at Headingley as he has claimed two wickets as of the end of the second day.
Faheem attributed his improvement with the ball to bowling coach Azhar Mahmood.
“He always says to play with heart and not to get bothered with getting out or worry over leaking away runs while bowling, which gives me confidence and my performance improves accordingly,” he said.