Who Will Replace Babar Azam In Headingley Test? Here Is A Statistical Analysis

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Pakistan demolished England in the 1st Test match of the two-Test match series. However, a huge blow was delivered as Babar Azam was retired hurt and later it was revealed that he has a fractured forearm.

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Going into the 2nd Test match at Headingley, Pakistan selectors and the captain need to determine who will replace Babar.

It is worth pointing out that the selection committee did not call anyone as the squad already has Fakhar Zaman, Usman Salahuddin and Saad Ali — who are all first choice batsmen with an abundance of experience under their belt in first-class cricket.

Here is an overview of how these players rank statistically:

Saad Ali — Left-Hand Top Order Batsman

Saad Ali’s inclusion is entirely possible as he has the best average out of all three players and he has shown great confidence prior to his selection for Pakistan side. He is capable of hitting balls out the park while simultaneously having a great defense.

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FC MatchesRuns ScoredAverage100sStrike-Rate
50347346.93951.58

Usman Salahuddin — Right-Hand Middle Order Batsman

Usman Salahuddin has been a part of Pakistan’s national side for a while now. He has traveled with the national side on different occasions and made his debut against West Indies in limited-over cricket. However, unfortunately for him, he failed to make an impact in his two innings – he departed for 5 and 8 runs respectively. He seems eager to prove his worth again and including him will strengthen Pakistan’s middle-order.

FC MatchesRuns ScoredAverage100sStrike-Rate
99632946.532044.90

Fakhar Zaman — Left-Hand Top Order Batsman

If Pakistan require a strong and an offensive start then selection of Fakhar Zaman makes sense. He is mentally very attack-minded and his aggression at the top of the order can help settle nerves of other batsmen. Not to mention, Zaman has already shown great signs in limited-over cricket, so it won’t be a shock to see him open the innings alongside Imam-ul-Haq with Azhar Ali moving down the order.

Zaman showed great signs of improvement and maturity in his batting during the build-up games to the on-going England series, which were played against Kent and Ireland. The cricket management has suggested that they are open to the idea of demoting Zaman down the order as well.

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FC MatchesRuns ScoredAverage100sStrike-Rate
37238941.91663.20

Looking at the comparison of all three players, it is evident that all of them have something to offer and possess the ability to do so. The selection will primarily be dependant on how Pakistan want to approach the 2nd Test.

In my personal opinion, Usman Salahuddin’s selection makes the most sense. He’s a natural replacement for Babar Azam and including him will also mean that not too many changes have to be made to the batting order in which batsman went out to bat in the first Test match.

Furthermore, since 2010-11 season, Usman has scored 5844 runs at an average of 51.26 with 19 centuries. His performances warranted him a spot in Pakistan’s squad in the last 12 months. He performed well against touring teams in UAE and also scored an unbeaten 69 vs. Leicestershire in Pakistan’s warm-up games prior to England series.

Usman Salahuddin would be first Pakistani to make a test debut in his 100th First-Class match.

What do you think? Leave your comments in the comments section below.

Syed Zarar

Zarar looks after Sports & Auto at ProPakistani.

  • Adnan

    Fawad Alam is Best :
    Is Ko Chance Dena Chahyeh

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