Questions marks around skipper Babar Azam’s fitness continue to persist as Pakistan now prepare for the second Test which begins from coming Sunday and which will also be the last of the tour.
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Babar Azam’s Fitness An Issue As Green Shirts Prepare For The Second Test
Skipper Babar Azam’s fitness is still an issue as the team management doesn’t want to take a risk with his injury particularly because the home series against South Africa begins shortly after the ongoing New Zealand tour. Reports in media then suggest that Babar will only play the game if it is certain that his participation won’t further aggravate his injury any further.
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Shaheen Afridi Declared Fit
Pacer, Shaheen Afridi who was hit on the helmet during the last day’s play of the first Test has now been declared fit by the team doctor and so, he should be available for the final Test of the series. The youngster nevertheless, will be kept under observation for 48 hours.
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Mohd. Rizwan Shares His Views Following The Defeat
While sharing his views after the defeat in the first Test stand-in skipper i.e. Mohd. Rizwan said, “We have taken the game to the last five overs. Despite losing Azhar early on, together with Fawad Alam, we almost reached a point where at least draw looked inevitable.
“I think New Zealand played a better brand of cricket so they deserved the victory. Still, I believe we did well, managing to take the fight to the last.
“When we were playing well, New Zealand kept on piling the pressure on the tourists. We must respect and praise their game”.