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Babar reveals his secret to success in Australia

The middle-order batsman was the highest run-scorer for the visitors in the series with 210 runs

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Pakistan middle-order batsman Babar Azam has revealed the reason behind his success with the bat in the recently concluded two-match Test series against Australia Down Under.

Babar had a miserable time in his last tour to Australia in 2016, as he scored a total of 68 runs in six innings at a dismal average of 11.33.

However, this time around the middle-order batsman was the highest run-scorer for the visitors in the series with 210 runs in four innings at an average of 52.50.

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After scoring a century in the second innings of the Brisbane Test, Babar fell short by three runs in Adelaide to register back to back Test centuries.

In an interview with cricket.com.au, the 25-year-old shed light on how he turned around his performance in Australia.

“Three years ago, I didn’t have much experience. You gain it by playing at international level,” said Babar. “You study yourself and your opponents. The mistakes I made in the first year were in my mind and I worked on those.”

“I have been to Australia before, so I had an idea about the bounce and conditions here. In a week before this tour, I practiced to manage the bounce. Then the practice games here helped me a lot,” he added.

Babar admitted that facing a high quality bowling attack was a tough challenge for him throughout the series.

“The confidence that you get from scoring runs in Australia is something that maybe you don’t get anywhere else,” he said. “Australia also have a top bowling attack. You gain lot of confidence if you are scoring runs against the bowlers like Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood. You have to pass many phases and that teaches you how to bat with patience.”

Despite Babar’s heroics with the bat, the Men in Green were clean sweeped two-nil by Australia in the Test series.