[38], In June 2020, he was named as the Test captain of a 29-man squad for Pakistan's tour to England during the COVID-19 pandemic. He struggled in the first two Tests against England, recording a 32-ball duck during the second match as Pakistan were bundled out for 72. In four seasons since, he's been averaging 40-plus with 11 hundreds, commendable figures in a country where opening is a modern-day curse. He struggled in the first two Tests against England, recording a 32-ball duck during the second match as Pakistan were bundled out for 72. His crucial innings enabled him make into the Top-10 of ICC Test Rankings for the first time, as he joined Graeme Smith on 753 points. Top run scorer as captain after 10 ODIs with 611 Runs. Following the exclusion of middle-order stalwarts Younus Khan and Mohammad Yousuf from the Pakistani team in 2010, Ali was drafted into the lineup for the Test series against Australia and England in July 2010. Azhar Ali has scored seventeen Test and three ODI centuries. Shan Masood, Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam notched up respective centuries It has been a brilliant show by Pakistan batsmen so far in the ongoing second Test against Sri Lanka in Karachi. [11] Ali subsequently scored a century in his debut match for Somerset, against Worcestershire. [34] Despite this, his contribution from the bat and with captaincy was below par throughout the ODI series. Ali scored his maiden Test century on 26 October 2011 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Dubai against Sri Lanka. 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Ali came to the side with good scores of 62 and 101, his maiden ODI century but could not prevent his team from the whitewash. [23], After Misbah-ul-Haq retired from ODIs, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had a tough job to do while appointing Misbah's successor. Putting extra-miles and bowling bouncers on batting-supported Pakistan pitches would be essential for bowlers and right-arm pacer Nortje has the tendency to do on regular basis. He scored 183 runs in 7 matches for Lahore Qalandars . [21], Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman's partnership of 118 runs in the match against England made it the highest in the Champions Trophy history for Pakistan, and the highest opening in an ODI since 2009. [39][40] In July, he was shortlisted in Pakistan's 20-man squad for the Test matches against England. [41][42] In the third and final Test of the series, he scored his 6,000th run in Test cricket. Azhar Ali has scored only 2 centuries since the start of 2018. [31] Ali scored his 3rd ODI hundred in the 3rd match of the series and became the first Pakistani captain to score 3 centuries as captain. [20] Azhar, who has scored 6,302 runs in 83 Tests at an average of 42.87, having hit 17 centuries and 32 fifties, was confident that he as the most … He finished as the second highest runscorer for Pakistan in the test series. He scored 30 in the final test at the Oval to finish test series at 2–2. Ali has worked his way steadily up Pakistan's domestic scene since 2006. 8th quickest to score 1000 runs in ODIs (in terms of innings), and 4th quickest Pakistani, behind. — Azhar Ali (@AzharAli_) November 22, 2020 The Lahore-born batsman was removed as the frontman in the five-day format after being criticised for his performances and leadership qualities. [36], In October 2019, ahead of Pakistan's tour to Australia, Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain of Pakistan's team, following Pakistan's poor run of form. Azhar Ali (Punjabi, Urdu: اظہر علی‎; born 19 February 1985) is a Pakistani international cricketer who is a former captain of the Pakistan national team in Test and ODI cricket. He made his debut against Australia in July, along with Umar Amin; Ali scored 17 runs in his debut innings before he was caught behind by Tim Paine. Fawad has now scored two Test centuries with Younis first one his side as captain and then as batting coach. [2] He held the record for the highest ever individual score in an innings of a day/night test match which was later surpassed by David Warner in November 2019 who scored unbeaten 335. Under Azhar's leadership - he last captained in ODIs in January 2017 - … That was the season he began opening regularly for Khan Research Laboratories, a move that fetched him two hundreds and two fifties in five matches, and he hasn't looked back. Under his captaincy, Pakistan played their first ODI series against Bangladesh. His solid technique and ever-lasting patience was exactly what Pakistan was searching for and his calmness at the crease perfectly suited the crucial number 3 slot. Jamieson dismissed Haris Sohail and Fawad Alam as well in his subsequent overs, reducing Pakistan to 83/4. [27] Ali scored most of the runs in this series, and became the Fastest Pakistani batsman to 1000 ODI runs, scoring them in only 21 innings. [30]Babar Azam scored record 3 back to back centuries and Pakistan won the 2nd match by 59 runs. [34] Despite this, his contribution from the bat and with captaincy was below par throughout the ODI series. Openers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham posted half centuries in a 111-run first wicket partnership which set New Zealand on course for the declaration. After the England series there were rumors that Ali might step down as captain of Pakistan ODI team. Ali was picked in the both ODI and Test squad for the Sri Lankan tour in 2012. Only Pakistani to score 3 ODI hundreds as a captain. Ali continued his good form and made consecutive centuries as he scored 136 in the 2nd innings. He scored his second ODI century in front of the home crowd in the second ODI. Ali continued his good form and made consecutive centuries as he scored 136 in the 2nd innings. In September 2019, he was named in Central Punjab's squad for the 2019–20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy tournament. Azhar Ali has scored only 2 centuries since the start of 2018. The duo then scored another impressive 128 runs in the final against India. Azhar and Rizwan played brilliantly and brought the visitors back in the game. He scored 183 runs in 7 matches for Lahore Qalandars . [9][10] Ali was appointed captain of Lahore Qalandars in the first edition of Pakistan Super League. The potential candidates were either too inconsistent or had some disciplinary issues. An agile right-hand batsman and a part-time leg-break bowler, Ali became the first ever centurion, double Centurion as well as triple centurion in a Day and Night Test Match, when he scored 302 against West Indies in October 2016. After the England series there were rumors that Ali might step down as captain of Pakistan ODI team. The wicket-keeper batsman had managed 4 half centuries in his last 11 Test appearances, since the start of 2018. He scored half centuries in both innings of the first Test, and helped Pakistan, chasing an improbable 451, avoid defeat with a crucial fourth-innings partnership with the returning Younus Khan. During the second match of the series Ali registered his sixth half-century. Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan scored valiant half-centuries to keep Pakistan in the game. He had topped batting charts in the 2019-20 Quaid-e-Azam Trophy with 934 runs at an average of over 62 with four centuries and three half-centuries. Matthew Wade, D'Arcy Short half-centuries keep Hobart Hurricanes' finals hopes alive. He quashed all such rumors and vowed to continue as captain of ODI team. He played for the last time against New Zealand in January 2018 and scored 1,845 runs at an average of 36.9 in 53 ODIs, including 3 centuries and 12 half centuries. PCB and coach Mickey Arthur backed him and he was retained as ODI skipper against West Indies in UAE. The potential candidates were either too inconsistent or had some disciplinary issues. Fawad Alam and Azhar Ali put on a brave display to give Pakistan some hope of saving the first Test against New Zealand at Tauranga’s Mount Maunganui stadium on Tuesday. Only Pakistani batsman to hit a double-hundred in Test in Australia. He said, "Azhar is in the form of his life at the moment and he gives us confidence to play our natural game, When you see him at the other end, it makes you bat positively".[29]. [41][42] In the third and final Test of the series, he scored his 6,000th run in Test cricket. [35] With the conclusion of the series, Ali resigned from ODI captaincy in February 2017. Kyle Jamieson bagged his third five-wicket haul in Test cricket. He said, "Azhar is in the form of his life at the moment and he gives us confidence to play our natural game, When you see him at the other end, it makes you bat positively".[29]. Pakistan won the first match by 111 Runs making it the 4th highest winning margin against west indies by Pakistan. Qalandars retained him as a player. One of five Pakistani batsmen to score 1000 Test runs in a calendar year. This was Pakistan's first series lost to Bangladesh [25], Zimbabwe tour to Pakistan, after a lapse of six years, proved fruitful for him as Pakistan under his captaincy won the three match ODI series 2–0. Azhar Ali: “I am hoping that with Babar Azam back in the line-up we will perform well in this series” Image courtesy of: ESPNcricinfo Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali is hoping that the national team can beat South Africa now that they have captain Babar Azam back. He played 7 matches and scored 180 runs in the Tournament. . [36], In October 2019, ahead of Pakistan's tour to Australia, Sarfaraz Ahmed was sacked as captain of Pakistan's team, following Pakistan's poor run of form. Ali is an opening batsman and a part-time leg spinner by trade. Following these disastrous collapses Mohammad Yousuf was recalled to the squad and Amin lost his place, but Ali was given another opportunity and found his feet in the third Test, scoring an unbeaten 92. He scored a double century in the second Test match at Melbourne, which is recorded as the highest Test score by a Pakistani player in Australia[34] and the second highest Test score by a visiting player at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. 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