Nawaz hopes to make his mark as a Test all-rounder



ISLAMABAD: White-ball specialist Mohammed Nawaz is eager to secure a permanent place in the Test squad saying he will continue to pursue his all-around prowess in the five-day regime.

Speaking to the media on the sidelines of the team’s practice session at the Islamabad Cricket Ground on Saturday, Nawaz said that even in Test cricket he will continue to pursue his all-around abilities.

“It is not as if I will depend on bowling or batting only in Test cricket. Even in Test cricket, both sections are important to me. I will do my best to put in performances in both sections to cement my place in Test cricket,” said Nawaz, who has already played five Upcoming Tests in the series against England.

The Rawalpindi local lad has secured a permanent place in the limited squad but is making efforts to make a name for himself in Test cricket. In the five Tests he played for the country, Nawaz took fifteen wickets at a fan average of around 27 runs per wicket. However, he has just contributed 98 runs so far with the bat which doesn’t speak volumes about his capabilities as a batsman.

“Definitely, I want to improve my batting performance in Test cricket and I am working on it. Even though these are my first days in Test cricket, I will do my best to make every opportunity useful.”

The versatile player had never represented his country in front of his fans. “I hope this is the opportunity. Playing in front of the home crowd and on the home ground always gives you special feelings.

If I am selected in the playing XI, I will do everything I can to make the test at home one of the most memorable. I want the Rawalpindi and Islamabad crowds to go into numbers to watch the action between two of the world’s best cricketing nations who recently played the final of the T20 World Cup. A good audience presence always helps you get the most out of your abilities.”

Asked about the strength of the England team in Test cricket, Nawaz said that the tourists prefer playing attacking cricket even in Test cricket. “England always goes to attack cricket in all forms of the game. We are ready for that and even train that way.”

Commenting on his experience in the T20 World Cup, Nawaz said that playing in Australia is very different from what he experienced in the sub-continent.

“Playing in Australia requires a different kind of cricket. It was an exciting experience for me. A final win in the World Cup would have been a perfect outcome. But now we are fully focused on the upcoming series against England.”

Nawaz was excited about the return of international cricket in Pakistan in a big way, saying it would help further popularize the game among youth. “Seeing the best teams in the world touring Pakistan is exciting.

It will help the game in several ways. We hope both teams will display quality cricket in a three-match Test series for the public to enjoy.”


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