I Prefer Watching Babar Azam Bat Rather Than Bowling At Him: James Anderson

I Prefer Watching Babar Azam Bat Rather Than Bowling At Him: James Anderson

James Anderson laments England's mediocre batting show ahead of the first Test match at Gabba, Brisbane. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

England pacer James Anderson has commended Pakistan batsman Babar Azam. Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam has been often compared to Indian skipper Virat Kohli. He is the only batsman who is among the top five batsmen in ICC rankings in all three formats and has been Pakistan’s leading run-scorer in tests for the years 2018 and 2019 and also in ODIs for the years 2016, 2017 and 2019.

England pacer James Anderson recently achieved the feat of becoming the first pacer to get 600 wickets in Test format. Anderson became the first fast bowler to bag this landmark. He joins the legendary trio of retired spinners; Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan (800), Australia’s Shane Warne (708) and India’s Anil Kumble (619).

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I prefer watching him from up here rather than bowling at him: James Anderson

Anderson recently lauded Babar Azam, saying he would prefer watching him rather than bowling at him. He also said his perfect play makes fast bowlers feel slow.

“I do love watching Babar Azam. I prefer watching him from up here rather than bowling at him. He makes you feel slow as a bowler – and as a medium-pace bowler like myself, it’s not ideal…” Anderson was quoted as saying by BBC Test Match Special.

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Babar has featured in 29 Tests, 74 ODIs and 38 T20Is for Pakistan where he averages 45.44, 54.18 and 50.72, respectively, which is quite a spectacular record.

England vs Pakistan T20I series ends as a 1-1 draw

The last match in the T20I ended as a win for Pakistan, as England failed to chase the 190 runs on the board. England had won the toss and chose to field. Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez scored a stellar knock of 86 runs from 52 balls and was named as the Player of the Series.

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Babar Azam captained the Pakistan side in the T20I series. The first match in the series was abandoned due to rain, and the second was won by England who chased Pakistan’s 195 total with ease. Pakistan’s tour of England ended with a 1-0 loss in the Test Series after two matches were drawn due to rain and a draw in the T20I series.

England will next play Australia in a white ball series. The T20s will commence from September 4 and will be played in Southampton. The ODIs will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester from September 11 and will be part of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League.