Australia vs Pakistan: Agha Salman backs Babar Azam over poor form, says ‘little bad patch makes no difference’

Babar Azam

Agha Salman has backed Babar Azam over the latter’s indifferent form in recent times. The 29-year-old Babar was expected to be Pakistan’s stalwart in the Test series on Australian soil, but he has struggled to get the measure of the conditions and the opposition bowling attack.

In five innings from three matches, the Lahore-born Babar has scored 103 runs at an average of 20.60 with a top score of 41 to his name.

Salman said that it is only a matter of time before Babar returns to his very best and the ongoing bad patch “makes no difference”.

“A bad patch can come upon any cricketer. After how much Babar Azam has performed for Pakistan, this little bad patch makes no difference. We’re not concerned about his form, and he himself is aware of how to get out of these situations,” Salman was quoted as saying in the press conference after the second day’s play of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“The way that he’s working on his batting, I think it’s just a matter of time. Very soon you’ll see a big hundred from him,” he added.

Out of the five times that Babar got out thus far in the series, Australian captain Pat Cummins dismissed him three times.

Meanwhile, Australia were trailing by 197 runs with eight wickets left in their first innings of the SCG Test. Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith were the overnight batters for the home team after Usman Khawaja and David Warner scored 47 and 34 respectively.

Earlier, Mohammad Rizwan and Aamer Jamal scored 88 and 82 runs respectively as Pakistan put up a decent score of 313 on the board.

Australia are currently leading the 3-match series after winning the first two Tests in Perth and Melbourne.

Published By:

sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Jan 4, 2024

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