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Pakistan v Australia: Andrew McDonald Praises Babar Azam Marathon Round in Second Test


Australian interim coach Andrew McDonald praised Babar Azam for his marathon beat.© AFP

Australia’s interim head coach Andrew McDonald has praised Babar Azam’s 196 -run knockout in the fourth and final half of the Second Test played in Karachi. Having to do almost two days ’shots and score 506 to catch up, Pakistan struggled with a challenge but Babar showed great fight and character to stop Australia. While tapping it, Babar also recorded the highest score by the captain in the fourth half of the Test.

“The knock was incredible and I’m glad he brought it up. There were a lot of other things discussed compared to the high skill and temperament with what he did in the innings. There was a spin on the wicket, he was able to navigate through that and it was pretty amazing. You have to take into account that it’s a drawn Test, in terms of keeping the Test there in what I see, ”McDonald said while answering NDTV questions during the interaction.

“It was the best by a captain in the fourth half. An incredible achievement, denying us a win but full credit for the way he played,” he added.

The three-match Test Series between Pakistan and Australia is still at 0-0 and the decider will be played in Lahore, starting March 21 and the match will be broadcast on Sony Sports Network in India.

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Last year, Mitchell Starc received severe criticism for under-par performances but the runner responded to his critics in style as he first had a great Ashes and then he endured a trial spell in the first half of the Second Test against Pakistan.

“What Starc did in the Ashes was incredible. The way he did bowling on Day 3 of the second Test opened the game. Mitchell Starc was a big factor in terms of getting the swing upside down. Not sure he has too much to answer, his performances lately might say enough, “McDonald said.

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