Pakistan opening batsman, Shan Masood has registered the best average in a domestic season beating top batsmen like Indian skipper Virat Kohli and South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

However, the 28-year-old batsman has so far struggled at the international circuit. He has only one century and three fifties to his name in 12 Test matches at an average of under 25.

Meanwhile, he didn’t make it to the 16-member Pakistan squad that is on tour to Ireland and England. Pakistan will play one Test match against Ireland followed by two-match Test series against the three lions.

The Test against Ireland starts on May 24 while Lord’s will host the first Test against England from May 24. Moreover, Pakistan have a young squad led by Sarfraz Ahmed, who will look to put their best step forward.

However, they are coming from the back of a Test series loss against New Zealand early this year.

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It is likely to be an evenly-contested battle, as both the teams will look to take early control of the game.

Masood creates history

The Kuwait-born batsman had a giant domestic season with numbers to earn the envy from the best in the game. Moreover, he has the highest average of 58.94, ever registered in List A cricket.

Masood sits at the top of the heap when it comes to List A cricket, with Australia’s Michael Bevan and India’s Virat Kohli sitting second and third with an average of 57.86 and 56.56, respectively. The duo has, however, played an extra number of matches than Masood.

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Masood has so far played 74 List A matches and has amassed 3,360 runs, including ten centuries and 20 fifties, with 182 as his highest score.

Proteas star, AB de Villiers finds himself on the sixth spot with an average of 53.47 in 263 matches.

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