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Justin Langer hails "fantastic" Haider Ali after his sparkling debut
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Justin Langer hails "fantastic" Haider Ali after his sparkling debut

Australia head coach Justin Langer has heaped praise on Haider Ali after the teenage prodigy smashed an attacking half-century on T20I debut in the third match against England.

Haider made 54 off just 33 deliveries to become the first batsman from his country to score a fifty in his first T20I as Pakistan claimed a narrow five-run win over England on Tuesday.

Haider announced himself on the international arena immediately after arriving at the crease with Pakistan 2-1 by launching a blistering six off Moeen Ali.

He swiftly grew in confidence was not afraid to take the aerial route and punished the England bowlers on a rather flat surface.

"He's fantastic," said Langer, whose side prepares to take on England across six limited-overs fixtures in Southampton and Manchester.

"Pakistan as we've always known, they are like a sleeping giant. They've got so much talent, it's like India, it's exciting to watch."

Pakistan's thrilling victory enabled them to finish the series 1-1 since the first match was abandoned by persistent rain.

The visitors' rollicking charge was notable for a 100-run stand between Haider and veteran campaigner Mohammad Hafeez for the third wicket.

The 20-year age difference among the two individuals was quite a fascinating stat to observe. Langer drew parallels with his and Shaun Marsh's partnership in the past, claiming that the unique pairing of Haider and Hafeez reminded him of his personal experience.

"My experience of that was with Shaun Marsh.

"I've known him since he was born. Geoff Marsh (Shaun's father) and Michelle, they are great friends of mine. Geoff was my first captain.

"We played together when he was 17 or 18 for Western Australia. I understand that experience for the Pakistanis last night. It's great to see these young kids come in and play.

"He [Haider] hit a six off his second ball in international cricket -- it's exciting to watch."