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16-Dec-2022 16:04:00 GMT
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Azhar Ali announces retirement from Test cricket

Karachi: One of Pakistan's most successful Test batters and former captain, Azhar Ali, will retire from the longest format after the third and final Test of the ongoing ICC World Test Championship series against England.

Azhar has represented Pakistan in 96 Tests so far, scoring 7097 runs at an impressive average of 42.49. He made his debut in the longest format in 2010 against Australia at Lord's.

Throughout his 12-year-long illustrious Test career, he struck 19 centuries and 35 fifties. In his swansong Test against England in Karachi, he would get another opportunity to add more to these numbers and finish his Test career on a high. He also captained the side on nine occasions between 2016 and 2020.

Among his many achievements, Azhar remains the only Pakistan batter to have scored a triple-century in a pink-ball Test. He achieved this feat against West Indies in Dubai in 2016. He notched up an unbeaten 302 – his highest individual score in Test cricket.

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