Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali goes through a rough patch in practice games

Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali
Abid Ali return to the pavilion after getting dismissed.

Pakistan Cricket Team is touring England for three Test matches and three T20 Internationals.

The tour will initiate officially from August 5 when Pakistan and England will compete each other for a blazing battle in the grandest format of the game at Old Trafford, Manchester.

The preparations are in full swing in the visiting side’s camp as intra-squad games are organised to familiarize players with the conditions.

The performances of the Pakistan Cricket Team players in the practice matches are evaluated by the management.

Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali
A glimpse from one of the practice matches between PCB Whites and PCB Green. (PCB)

We are curious about the batting combination Pakistan is going play in the Manchester Test.

Are you also thinking with what opening combination Pakistan will go to face the fiery opening spell of James Anderson and Stuart Broad in Manchester?

Who are ready to take the challenge of facing the ‘Duke’ swinging both ways under clouds from the hands of ideal seamers of overcast conditions James Anderson and Stuart Broad?

Would the typical and classical cover drive of Abid Ali give English bowlers the signal of resistance?

Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali
Abid Ali plays the cover drive.

Well, Abid Ali is going through a rough patch in the intra-squad matches.

The performance of Test opener Abid Ali is not the kind of display Pakistan Cricket Team would desire from its opening batsman.

Second highest run-scorer in the two-day practice match

The opening batsman Abid Ali batted splendidly in the two-day practice match.

He was the second-highest run-scorer (71) of the match between PCB Greens and PCB Whites in Worcester.

However, the four-day practice matches in Derby did not turn out impressive outings for the 32-year old batsman Abid Ali.

Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali
Abid Ali faces the delivery in the nets.

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The story of disappointment in the four-day practice matches

First four-day practice match – Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali got trapped by the right-arm seamer Sohail Khan early in the innings on 10.

Second four-day practice game, 1st innings – The tricky seam bowling of Sohail Khan was too hot to handle for Abid again! Abid Ali returned to the pavilion on just 1 in the first innings.

Second four-day practice game, 2nd innings – fast bowler Faheem Ashraf struck the opening batsman of PCB greens Abid Ali on the pads, LBW appeal! The finger was raised by the umpire. Abid Ali couldn’t get past 16 in the second innings.

Abid batted for 4 innings in the practice matches, scored only runs with an average of 24.5.

While the majority of Asian batsmen struggle in the English conditions, the bad form of a frontline batsman is surely a worrying sign!

Abid Ali has started his Test career terrifically by scoring two centuries and averaging 107 in the three games.

Pakistan Test opener Abid Ali
Abid Ali celebrates the hundred against Sri Lanka at Rawalpindi.

Many batting marvels faced trouble setting their feet on the crease in England while scoring heavily in the other parts of the world.

Abid Ali’s phenomenal stint in the Test matches against Sri Lanka and Bangladesh at home almost guarantee him a place in the playing XI for Manchester Test.

BUT THE QUESTION IS!

THE BURDEN OF DISAPPOINTMENT IN PRACTICE GAMES AND ONE OF THE TOUGHEST BATTING CONDITIONS ARE UPFRONT!

COULD ABID ALI PROVE HIMSELF WITH THE BAT TO REACH THE NEW HEIGHTS in test cricket?

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