Hasan Ali eyes top spot in Test bowlers’ rankings

Seamer wants to replicate his achievement in the ODI format

Hasan Ali eyes top spot in Test bowlers’ rankings Photo: Getty Images

Pakistan’s Hasan Ali has his eyes set on becoming the number one Test bowler in the world after an impressive bowling performance against England on the first day of the Test match at Lord’s.

Ali picked up four wickets in the first innings as England were bundled out for just 184 runs on the opening day of the Test match.

“I want to excel in Test matches and become the number one bowler in the world just like I did in ODI cricket,” said Ali after the close of play. “Test cricket is the real form of cricket which is why doing well in the game’s longest format means a lot to me.”

The visitor’s pace attack was able to utilise the moisture on the pitch to great effect helping Pakistan remain in the ascendency throughout the day.

“We knew that the pitch had moisture in it, so the plan was to bowl a fuller length and make full use of the conditions” said Ali. “I was full of confidence heading into the Test match and wanted to pick up early wickets for my team and this is exactly what happened.”

He further added: “We try to bowl with an attacking approach because the conditions here are suitable for fast bowling unlike those in sub-continent where there is more help for the spinners.”

Ali pointed out that his experience of playing in England came in handy as he was immediately able to settle into a good line and length.

“I have been coming here for the past three years and, hence, experienced enough to bowl in accordance with the requirements of the conditions,” he said.

Ali also praised the other bowlers and the fielding unit for putting up a great show which had a major bearing on the team’s commanding display on the first day.

“The bowlers bowled exceedingly well and were ably supported by the fielding department,” said Ali. “We are improving with every passing day in the field which is a good sign.”

Having dismissed England for a modest total, Pakistan are now faced with the task of accumulating a substantial lead in the first innings as they look to completely dwindle home side’s chances of making a comeback in the Test match.

“Our batsmen are in good form and we would ideally like to post 300 plus runs on the board in the first innings” said the fast bowler. “Lord’s is the home of cricket and we would love to once again end up as the victorious side, just like 2016.”