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Babar Azam eager to make up for 'golden duck' ahead of second Test

Pakistan captain is confident of bouncing back in the second Test, starting on Friday May 7 in Harare

Babar Azam eager to make up for 'golden duck' ahead of second Test PHOTO COURTESY: PCB

Pakistan captain Babar Azam is eager to make up for getting out for a golden duck in the first Test against Zimbabwe.

While speaking in a virtual press conference on Thursday, Babar said he is confident of bouncing back in the second Test, starting on Friday May 7 in Harare.

“I wanted to play a big innings in the previous Test but was not successful. I will try my best to do better in the second Test match,” said Babar.

“Batsmen and bowlers did really well in the first Test. We will try to remain consistent in our performance and keep the winning momentum going,” he added.

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Babar believes all-rounder Faheem Ashraf is a vital cog in Pakistan’s Test team and provides balance to the side.

“Faheem Ashraf is an excellent all-rounder. He did really well on New Zealand tour and in home series against South Africa. He is an integral part of our team,” he said.

Pakistan captain also announced the 13-man squad for the aforementioned Test. The Men in Green have included the 11 players, which played the first Test, along with uncapped seamers Tabish Khan and Haris Rauf.

“Team management isn't scared of losing. We want a settled line-up in Test cricket. We play only few Tests after considerable gaps. So we don't want to experiment much in Tests. We only do changes if required,” he said.

The visitors  won the first Test match by an innings and 116 runs courtesy splendid bowling performance by Hasan Ali, who bagged match figures of 9/89, and a century, 140, by left-handed middle-order batsman Fawad Alam.