Pakistan's star batsman Babar Azam has been in phenomenal form for the side, not just in the limited-overs format of the game but also in Test games. Ahead of Pakistan's Test series against Australia, Babar Azam remained unbeaten at 157 runs against Australia A on Monday. Babar Azam and Asad Shafiq stitched a partnership of 276 runs at stumps on Day one, with Babar Azam's knock laced with 24 boundaries.
Speaking to a website, former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey had a tip for the number one ranked T20 batsman in the world to be in the 'same conversation with starts like Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, and Steve Smith. Michael Hussey said that if Babar Azam could start hitting more hundreds in Test matches, then he could join the ranks of great Test cricketers around the world. Micael Hussey lauded Babar Azam and said that he was a brilliant player. Babar Azam’s Test career has indeed not been very impressive. In 21 Tests, he has managed just one century and averages a modest 35.28. Unlike Tests, he averages more than 50 in both ODIs as well as T20Is.
It was a walk in the park for Australia after skipper Aaron Finch had won the toss and elected to bowl first. Premier Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc put the visitors on the backfoot with two wickets in two balls off his beautiful inswinging deliveries. He first trapped Pakistan skipper Babar Azam plumb in front of the wicket and then cleaned up wicket-keeper batsman Mohammad Rizwan of the very next delivery to leave the Men In Green reeling at 15/2 before Imam-Ul-Haq followed in some time. Apart from Iftikhar Ahmed, none of the Pakistani batsmen could show any resistance. Ahmed played cameo innings of a 37-ball 45 as Pakistan managed to post 106/8 in their 20 overs. In reply, the Aussies got to the target without breaking a sweat riding on a 109-run opening stand between David Warner and Aaron Finch. The Aussie skipper remained unbeaten on a 36-ball 52 at a strike rate of 144.44 which included four boundaries and two maximums while Warner remained not out on a 35-ball 48 at a strike rate of 137.14 including four boundaries and three sixes as the hosts reached the target comprehensively in the 12th over with all 10 wickets in hand.