PAK vs ENG: Nasser Hussain calls Pakistan ‘great cricketing nation’

Pakistan have already lost the series

By Web Desk
December 19, 2022
England had already reached 112-2 at stumps on day three — Reuters 

Former England captain and current commentator Nasser Hussain has showered praise on “great cricketing nation” Pakistan after day three of the third Test at the National Bank Cricket Arena in Karachi on Monday.

In their second innings of the third Test, the hosts were dismissed for 216, setting a target of 167 runs.

England scored 112-2 at stumps courtesy to a quick start by openers Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett.

"I have really loved every second of today. Honestly. We've had fun in the commentary box. But just generally, in and around the hotels, I cannot tell you the number of people that come up to you and say 'thanks for coming over'. It has been great, we've waited 22 years," Hussain said during post-day show.

"The cricket has been really good as well. So, thoroughly enjoyed and I hope we come back much more often than we have. I hope a load of countries come out here because Pakistan is a great cricketing nation,” he added.

The former cricketer further said that if England succeed in whitewashing Pakistan in their backyard, it will be a "serious achievement" for them.

On Babar Azam’s captaincy, Nasser said: "Babar Azam is a fine captain. I am not saying they should change from Babar. Don't change unless you can change for the better. Ben Stokes has out-captained him in this series. He has been proactive. He has been changing his bowlers and he will do things out of the box.”

He added: "Babar keeps his fielders out for a lot. There was a top-edge sweep when Harry Brook went from 49 to 51 and Faheem Ashraf was right on the boundary. Stokes would have had him 20 yards in and the catch would've been taken."

After an explosive opening stand of 93 runs, Abrar Ahmed finally got the breakthrough for Pakistan after trapping Crawley in front of the stumps. The right-hander scored run-a-ball 41 with the help of seven fours.

Rehan Ahmed, who was sent in as nightwatchman, became Abrar’s second wicket after scoring 10 runs.

Ben Duckett and Ben Stokes were unbeaten on 50 and 10 runs, respectively, at the close of play.