Australia vs Pakistan: Babar Azam is a classy player, haven't seen the best of him yet, says Ricky Ponting

Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is looking forward to seeing how Babar Azam performs in the upcoming Test series between Australia and Pakistan, adding that the world has not seen the best of Azam yet.

Asian News International, Nov 19, 2019 15:54:40 IST

Brisbane: Former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting is looking forward to seeing how Babar Azam performs in the upcoming Test series between Australia and Pakistan, adding that the world has not seen the best of Azam yet.

Australia vs Pakistan: Babar Azam is a classy player, havent seen the best of him yet, says Ricky Ponting

File image of Babar Azam. Reuters

"We have not seen the best of him yet. 20 odd Tests for an average of 35 - he is better than that. He averages 54 in one-day cricket at a strike-rate of about 90. He is a very, very classy player," cricket.com.au quoted Ponting as saying.

"He is a really exciting talent and probably the guy I am looking forward to seeing the most this summer. I have seen the Aussies a lot and I have seen a lot of the Kiwis, but I am really excited to see him," he added.

The 25-year-old played a knock of 157 against Australia A last week and is also ranked as the No 3 batsman in the ICC ODI rankings.

In this year's World Cup, Ponting saw a "different" Azam as the current Pakistan ODI skipper registered seven fours in just 28 balls against the Australia bowling line-up.

"He looked like he was playing a different game. As soon as we over-pitched, he banged it through the covers or banged it down the ground. And when we dropped short, he got onto that pretty quickly as well," Ponting said.

Both sides will face each other in a two-match Test series, slated to begin from 21 November at the Gabba, Brisbane. This series would be a part of the World Test Championship.

Australia squad: Tim Paine (c), Cameron Bancroft, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

Pakistan squad: Azhar Ali (c), Abid Ali, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Imran Khan, Iftikhar Ahmed, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Rizwan, Musa Khan, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Shan Masood, Yasir Shah.

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Updated Date: Nov 19, 2019 15:54:40 IST






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