WATCH: Babar Azam returns to training ahead of Australia Test tour

The right-handed batter recently stepped down as a captain

By Web Desk
November 20, 2023
Babar Azam practises in the nets to prepare for Australia Test tour. — Screengrab

Pakistani right-handed batter Babar Azam started practicing with the red ball in the nets as the Green Shirts prepare for the three-match Test series against Australia starting next month.

Babar, 29, stepped down from captaincy across all formats after Pakistan's abysmal display in the recently-concluded ICC World Cup 2023 where the Men in Green lost five matches for the first time in their history.

He was included in the 18-man squad announced by the newly-appointed chief selector Wahab Riaz on Sunday and the 29-year-old wasted no time in getting back to the nets to prepare for the Test series on tricky Australian tracks.

The former skipper was seen playing multiple shots in the video but the ones he played the most was his favourite "cover drive", a shot he has mastered the art of.


Shan Masood will lead Pakistan team during the series, which will begin with the first Test in Perth on December 14.

Pakistan squad

Shan Masood (c), Aamir Jamal, Abdullah Shafiq, Abrar Ahmed, Babar Azam, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Khurram Shahzad, Mir Hamza, Mohammad Rizwan, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Nauman Ali, Saim Ayub, Salman Ali Agha, Shaheen Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Sarfaraz Ahmed.

The squad will assemble in Rawalpindi on November 22 for a training camp ahead of the tour. The camp will run till November 28 at the Pindi Cricket Stadium.

The team will fly out on November 30 from Lahore.

Some additional players have also been invited to feature in the training camp. The players called for the camp are Arshad Iqbal, Kashif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Shadab Khan, Shahnawaz Dahani, Usama Mir and Usman Qadir.

While pacer Haris Rauf refused to travel to Australia citing fitness issues even though Riaz stated that the PCB assured him to manage his workload properly but he didn't change his mind.

Schedule of Pakistan’s Test tour of Australia

First Test: December 14-18, Perth Stadium

Second Test: December 26-30, Melbourne Cricket Ground

Third Test: January 3-7, Sydney Cricket Ground