Fawad Alam’s comeback in Pakistan’s Test enjoying XI did not go as deliberate because the southpaw departed for a duck within the first innings of the second Test match in Southampton. Fawad acquired his likelihood within the enjoying XI after lacking 88 Test matches within the span of 3911 days.
Fawad got here to bat at no. 6 and confronted solely 4 balls earlier than getting dismissed by Chris Woakes. He changed Shadab Khan in enjoying XI from the primary Test.
In the rain-affected opening day, Pakistan struggled towards the English pacers as they misplaced 5 wickets for 126 in 45.four overs when rain stopped play with Babar Azam 25 not out and Mohammad Rizwan four not out on the crease. Abid Ali was the one Pakistan batsman, who appeared comfy towards the fierce tempo assault as he scored 60 runs earlier than edging Sam Curran’s supply to Rory Burns at slip.
Meanwhile, the 88 Tests hole is the seventh longest between two matches within the red-ball cricket. While it’s the second-longest hole for a Pakistan cricketer as Younis Ahmed tops the listing with 104 Tests hole between 1969-1987.
Fawad, who has been scoring constantly effectively within the home cricket for Pakistan, has performed solely three matches earlier than the Southampton Test. He has scored 250 runs at a median of 41.66. He additionally scored a century on debut towards Sri Lanka in Colombo.
Earlier, earlier than the match, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram opined for Fawad’s inclusion within the second Test.
“In the next match, you won’t find a turning wicket,” Akram informed Samaa TV. “You will play with one spinner and you’ll have to play with an additional batsman.
“You want a middle-order batsman and Fawad Alam is the one. He can also be a left-hander, so the crew can have a left-right mixture.
“He has an average of 56 in first-class cricket, has a hundred on Test debut, so you will have to give him a chance. So if I was the captain, I would include him in the middle order,” he added.
All eyes will likely be on Fawad Alam if he will get the possibility to bat within the second innings of his comeback Test.