Babar urges Pakistan to aim high after series win vs SAfrica

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (AP) — With a 2-0 series win over South Africa, Pakistan increased to No. 5 in the test rankings for the very first time given that 2017.

Babar Azam thinks the group must be looking greater.

“Getting into the top five is promising,” the Pakistan captain said after a 95-run victory in the second test in Rawalpindi on Monday, “and we would like to extend our win streak and rise a bit more higher in the ranking.”

Currently captain of Pakistan’s T20 and ODI groups, Babar was designated as skipper of the test side in November and was expected to make his test captaincy launching in New Zealand.

A fractured thumb ruled him out of that series, which Pakistan lost 2-0, and he returned for the matches versus South Africa, scoring just 122 runs in the 2 tests. He was out lbw 3 times to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.

“Individual performances do not really matter and, if you see, everyone played a role accordingly and finished off well,” he stated. “There were some mistakes and we’re definitely going to improve them going forward.”

Babar stated he doesn’t be reluctant to speak with with previous captains Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan prior to taking choices on the field.

“If I feel I am stuck and need help, I reach out to Rizwan and Azhar,” he stated.

“It’s not like I just impose myself, but I ask around, discuss and take their consent before making any decision.”

It was just Pakistan’s 2nd series triumph versus South Africa in 12, with the Proteas winning 7 of them. Pakistan last beat South Africa in 2003, winning a house series 1-0.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.