Pakistan captain Babar Azam rated his 196 as “his best innings” in the second Test against Australia, which helped his side draw from a precarious position. Pakistan pursued a huge goal of 506, finishing 7 with 443 with hundreds from Babar and Mohammed Rizwan.

“I think it’s down to the team because they had a lot of confidence in themselves and came back strong after a bad first game. My game was definitely my best and I’m glad it helped us The game was tied,” Babar said in his post-match press conference.

He said he always gave high marks to his game and it played a big role in Pakistan winning or saving it.

The top batsman also admitted that he and Mohamed Rizwan hadn’t thought about trying to tie the total, which was tied when the wicket fell.

“In the second inning, everyone gave 100 percent because we had confidence in ourselves that we could save the game. We decided to go quarter by quarter and not think too much,” he said.

Babar added that if he and Rizwan had batted a little more, they would have gone for a chase, but when he and Faheem Ashraf had back-to-back bats, the best was a draw.

The Pakistan captain also dismissed criticism of the pitches used in the two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi so far, insisting the pitches are the same for both teams.

“In Karachi you usually get some reverse swings, the Australian bowlers get some on day three and we contribute some mild dismissals.” He noted that the spinners also got some turnarounds in Karachi, where Test cricket totals It is tough, but the pitch is not easy to bat because one has to concentrate and it is not easy for new batsmen.

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Cummins satisfied with team performance

Australia captain Cummins said he was delighted and of his team’s performance despite failing to win from a good position.

“I think before we came to Pakistan, under different conditions here, we would have been happy to take the 0-0 line after two Tests. Yes, after being so close, it was a missed opportunity, but we didn’t lose any stuff,” he said in the post-match meeting.

Cummins also said Australia had missed some costly chances and some excellent strikes from Babar Azam, Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafiq led to a draw.

“I think first of all it was a very good test, if we had the ball it could have been different. But I’m and happy with how we played throughout the game,” he added.

Cummins also said that while the pitch helped the spinners more on the final day, it didn’t break down and didn’t play as much finesse as expected on days four and five.

Nor does he feel that even if Australia executed a follow-up after beating Pakistan 148 times in 53 rounds, it would have no bearing on the final result.

“I think the last day’s pitches were very good, they played very well. We created more chances and if we had a few catches it would have been different, but that’s how the test of cricket is,” he said.

Cummins allowed Pakistan to be knocked down 53 runs in the first innings, then batted 171.4 runs to save the game to reverse the swing and played a big role in the second inning of the third day when Pakistan was beaten cheaply.

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“I think reverse swing bowling can be a real factor in the game, especially if you break through and get new batsmen very quickly, but I think Babar, Rizwan, Shafique they’ve had their last hits in the last two days. The ball was excellent.” Cummins felt like he tried everything he could.

“To be honest, I didn’t come off the pitch today feeling like we didn’t try something or we didn’t give some chance,” he said.

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