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The Pakistan team is currently playing a three-Test series against England. In this series, the visiting team has maintained a 2-0 lead. The last match will be played on 17 December. Meanwhile, Pakistans star batsman Azhar Ali has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He made it clear that he would play the last Test of his career against England. He scored 40 in the first innings of the first Test against England and 27 in the second.
Former Pakistan captain and one of the leading batsmen, Azhar Ali has decided to retire from Test cricket after the third and final match of the series against England starting on Saturday. Azhar, 37, has so far scored 7097 runs in 96 Tests at an average of 42.49. He has 19 centuries and 35 fifties, including a top score of 302 not out against the West Indies. He also has eight Test wickets to his name.
Announcing his retirement, Azhar said in a statement on Friday, “It is a great honor and privilege for me to represent my country. It is always difficult to decide when it is time to say goodbye, but after deep thought, I have realized that this is the right time for me to retire.
Azhar further added, “There are many people to whom I am grateful in this difficult, yet beautiful journey. I would like to make a special mention of my family, without whose support I would not be where I am today. My parents, wife, siblings and children have always been my strength.
Azhar thanked all his teammates with whom he shared good relations on and off the field. “I have had the privilege of sharing the dressing room with some of the most outstanding cricketers with whom I share a strong bond. I feel very enriched to have these people among my friends. I have also had the privilege of playing under some amazing coaches who I will be forever grateful to have played with.”
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Azhar Ali, one of Pakistans most successful batsmen, will retire after the third Test against England starting on Saturday. Azhar Ali has scored 7,097 runs in 96 Tests at an average of 42.49. Azhar Ali has become Pakistans fifth highest run-scorer after Younis Khan (10,099), Javed Miandad (8,832), Inzamam-ul-Haq (8,829) and Mohammad Yousuf (7,530).