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Former Pakistan pace bowler Waqar Younis has admitted that captain Sarfraz Ahmed needs to have more of an impact with the bat in Test cricket.
Younis’ comments come after Sarfraz failed to make his presence felt in the recently concluded two-Test series against England.
Sarfraz only scored 31 runs at a dismal average of 10.33 during the series, and has now only managed to make six fifties since July 2015.
Given the alarming statistics, Younis conceded that Sarfraz needs to contribute more with the bat in the longest format, especially since he is the leader of the team and one of the senior players in the side.
“We don’t really have any choice at the moment. But he has to lift his game particularly in Test cricket,” Younis told PakPassion. “If you are looking to play a young team with a couple of all-rounders, then Sarfaraz needs to lift his game batting at number six.
“He needs to take more responsibility and lift his batting in Test cricket. He is fine in the limited-overs formats but his performances with the bat have definitely dipped in Test cricket.
“But he will battle it out, and as far as captaincy in all three formats is concerned, I would stick with him, but there is no harm in keeping your eyes open in terms of future replacements.”