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Imam's spot in Test side in jeopardy

Imam's spot in Test side in jeopardy

Pakistan opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq was drafted into the team for the second Test against Australia following the constant failures of Haris Sohail on the tour. However, the inclusion of a specialist opener did little to help Pakistan’s cause as Imam faltered cheaply in both innings of the match.

The left-handed batsman was dismissed for just two runs in the first innings against Mitchell Starc while he perished for a duck in the second innings when a Josh Hazlewood delivery jagged back in to strike his front pad right before the stumps.

Imam’s inability to adapt to the Australian conditions adds to his ordinary record in the longest format. His Test average has now dropped to a shambolic 25.53. 

He has managed only 485 runs in 21 Test innings, posing serious questions over the future of his place in the team given the likes of Abid Ali and Sami Aslam have been scoring prolifically in the domestic circuit.