Published: Mon, December 02, 2019
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Babar Azam runs give Pakistan huge positive from defeats, says Azhar Ali

Babar Azam runs give Pakistan huge positive from defeats, says Azhar Ali

Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against Australia on Monday after being forced to follow-on, with Tim Paine's men needing five wickets to clinch the series 2-0.

The tourists were following on after Australia declared on 589-3 in a first-innings onslaught inspired by David Warner's 335 not out.

Shaheen Afridi became his fifth, caught at mid-off by Hazlewood on the last ball before dinner, with Australia on the cusp of inflicting another heavy loss on Pakistan after their innings and five runs defeat in the first of the two-Test series at Brisbane. We were all hopeful that he would do it.

"I know the selectors are obviously rapt that they can pick a consistent team because our players are starting to perform on a level that we want, so it makes their job easier". We know they always fight and scrap really hard. He's been fantastic throughout the year, lovely to watch and hopefully he can continue this form in the Tests that are coming.

In reply to the hosts' massive first innings total of 589/3, the visitors were once reeling at 89/6 in the first innings before Babar Azam and Yasir Shah came together for a rescue operation, showing great grit and determination to share a crucial 105-run stand seventh wicket.

Yasir, whose previous high score in tests was 42, gave David Warner a run for his money with his exuberant celebrations as he knelt down to touch his forehead to the turf before rising to brandish his bat like a sword.

"We're certainly looking to have a consistent group, there's no doubt about that", he said.

"But it has been a disappointing series". I think what we need to stop doing is trying to compare the pink ball to the red ball. And also to score big in the first innings - getting ahead of the game here is very important.

At least they offered some resistance on Monday, with Masood, who models himself on England´s Alastair Cook, playing some glorious strokes as he assumed a leadership role after Babar Azam and captain Azhar Ali fell cheaply on Sunday evening. "We were hoping to get them a lot quicker than we did".

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