Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali is waging a lone fight against England in the ongoing Test in Southampton on day three. In doing so, Azhar Ali reached the milestone of 6000 Test runs, making him the fifth Pakistan batsman to do so. The visitors trail the three-match series, suffering a crushing loss in the first Test in Manchester while the second resulted in a draw.
Pakistan’s current batting coach Younis Khan leads the list with 10099 runs under his belt in 118 games. Former captains in Javed Miandad, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, and Mohammad Yousuf come next with 8832, 8830, and 7530 runs respectively. Younis Khan and Azhar Ali are also the only Pakistan batsmen to amass a triple-century in Test cricket. Ali’s score of unbeaten 302 came against the West Indies in 2016.
The 36-year old has been under pressure for quite a long time, owing to not producing a substantial knock. Before the half-century in the ongoing Test, the right-handed batsman made his last in December 2019 when he made 119 against Sri Lanka in Karachi. In the three Test innings before this, he made 0, 18, and 20. Azhar made his debut against Australia at the Lord’s in 2010 and is featuring in his 81st Test now.
Long way to go for Azhar Ali and co.:
While their skipper is leading the fight at present, Pakistan’s troubles are far from over. They remain five down currently, behind by 442 runs. England’s pace spearhead James Anderson picked the first four wickets of Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Babar Azam, and Asad Shafiq cheaply. Fawad Alam and Ali built a handy stand of 45 while the prevailing stand between the captain and keeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan is of 67.