Michael Vaughan has sung the praises of Babar Azam’s batting after he scored a mesmerising half-century on the first day of the first Test match against England. Former England captain didn’t even shy to replace his countrymen Joe root with the Pakistan cricketer from the fab four list comprising of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson.
In Manchester, Babar Azam had, initially, struggled against the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer but he soon found the moment. His most of the runs in 69 runs knock came against the spinner, Dom Bess. In his gritty innings, he hit 11 boundaries, including some outstanding cover drive. Babar went on to stitch 96 runs partnership with the opener, Shan Masood, before losing his wicket on the second day of Anderson’s ball.
Michael Vaughan lavished praise on Babar Azam:
Vaughan is impressed with the way Babar Azam took on each England bowler. He heaped praise on the youngster’s cover drive. The veteran is assured that Babar had replaced Joe root in the best list after seeing his past records.
“The big player Babar Azam strolled out there. Played and missed his first few deliveries and you think can he play the moving ball? Then all of a sudden he just starts to get his form, his balance, puts one down the ground. Played a beautiful back-foot punch of James Anderson,” Vaughan told Cricbuzz.
“We saw that glorious cover drive that he got and then he danced down and whacked one over mid-wicket. You keep talking about the ‘Big Four’ and I keep hearing about this, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Steve Smith, Joe Root, they kind of mention him in that top four but I am not too sure about that at this stage. I reckon Babar Azam has totally shifted Joe Root out of the way as we speak because of his record of late.
Babar has now scored four centuries and three half-centuries in his last eight innings in Test cricket. His scores in his last eight Test innings are – 104, 97, 08, 102*, 60, 100*, 143, 69. Vaughan is confident that the middle-order batsman would keep improving and become a better cricketer.
“He is averaging 65 in his last 18 months of Test cricket. No one is averaging higher than him. Babar Azam is at the top of the average tree and I can only see him improving and getting better and better.”
Meanwhile, Babar Azam is playing the first Test series since the outbreak of the coronavirus in March. He last played against Bangladesh where he scored a century at home.