Mumbai: Babar Azam is one of the great batsmen of today’s world. Former Australian captain and two-time World Cup winner Ricky Ponting believes the world is yet to see the best of Babar Azam. Arguably one of the best Pakistani batsmen at the moment, Babar has been a consistent performer for the Men in Green across formats. He is the number one ranked batsman in T20Is but is yet to showcase his full potential in Tests where he averages 35.28 with 1235 runs in 21 games.
While 2 match test series against Australia is underway, Babar warmed up in style with a century against Australia A followed by a half-century against Cricket Australia XI. Babar was in fine form in the warm-up games as he finished with 220 runs and will be looking to replicate his heroics in the Test series against Bangladesh.
Pointing Ahead of the series, termed Babar as “classy player.” “We haven’t seen the best of him yet. Twenty-odd Tests for an average of 35 – he’s better than that. He averages 54 in one-day cricket at a strike-rate of about 90. He’s a very, very classy player,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
“He’s a really exciting talent and probably the guy I’m looking forward to seeing the most this summer. I’ve seen the Aussies a lot and I’ve seen a lot of the Kiwis, but I’m really excited to see him. He could be anything,” he added.
Pakistan is expected to face a stern test in the Test series against Australia which will mark the start of their campaign in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. It will be the first major challenge for Azhar Ali, who was reappointed as Pakistan’s captain after Babar Azam’s sacking. The visitors showed a lot of promise in the warm-up games both of which ended in draws.
Pakistan bowlers will be under the spotlight in the Test series with a host of youngsters in the squad who was impressive in the warm-up games. Pakistan took 19 wickets in the two warm-up games and the likes of Musa Khan and Naseem Shah will be eager to impress.
1st test between Pakistan and Australia will begin on 21st November.