Pakistan is scheduled with the two-match Test series against Australia, starting from 21st November. Pakistan also played two practise matches in this tour ahead of this Test series. Babar Azam was the star of those warm-up matches. The No.1 T20I and No. 3 ODI batsman, Babar Azam, scored 157 runs against Australia A.
Ricky Ponting has labelled Babar Azam as classy and opined that Babar has the potential to do much better and his best hasn’t come yet. The former Australian cricketer is waiting to see him play against Australia.
“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.
Babar Azam is better than a 35 average – Ricky Ponting
Against Australia, Babar Azam has played five Test matches and scored 199 runs with an average of 22.11. Earlier, he has batted for Pakistan at No.3 in Test matches but in the warm-up matches, he batted at no.6. Ponting said that Babar Azam is not the player who can face a new ball. He should be given the chance to bat at the lower order or middle order.
“What they’ve tried with him before obviously hasn’t worked (because) when you watch him bat, he’s better than a 35 average,” he said.
“If they can massage him and help him through a little bit, keep him away from the new ball a little bit here in Australia, then I think they’ll get the best out of him.”