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Azhar’s mighty slump in red-ball cricket
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Azhar’s mighty slump in red-ball cricket

Azhar Ali, the Test captain of Pakistan, is going through a horrendous batting patch. Having a key player’s bat not spitting fire is a major reason for a decline in Pakistan’s performance in the Test cricket. 

Earlier, the wicket-keeper batsman Sarfaraz Ahmed faced the axe because of consistent poor shows and the appointment of Azhar was expected to change the things.

However, the pattern remained the same as even the new skipper of Pakistan is still being a burden on the team. In the Australia series, Azhar scored 62 runs across 4 innings to average 15.5. 

Not only this, his performance in the last 2 years of Test cricket has been shoddy. In this period, the Lahore born mustered a batting average of 24.08 by scoring 602 runs in 25 innings.

These lifeless displays have been fueled by 13 scores of less than 10 along with 16 scores of 15 or less. With all this, Pakistan looks in a troublesome position even at the start of the ICC World Test Championship. Having Sri Lanka lined up to play Pakistan later this month, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would have to make some hard decisions.