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Babar Azam’s Unwanted Record: Eight Innings Without a Test Fifty

Pakistan’s middle-order batter, Babar Azam, has been facing a challenging time in his cricket career. The 29-year-old right-handed batter has been struggling with his form, particularly in red-ball cricket, throughout 2023.

During the second Test against Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), Azam was dismissed by Pat Cummins after scoring just one run. This dismissal marked his eighth consecutive innings without scoring a Test fifty in 2023. It’s the first time since his debut that Azam has failed to score a half-century in a calendar year.

In 2023, Pakistan played a total of five Test matches, one of which is still underway. Their first red-ball encounter of the year was against New Zealand, which ended in a draw. During that match, Azam, who was Pakistan’s skipper at the time, managed to score 24 and 27 across two innings.

In July 2023, Pakistan traveled to Sri Lanka to play a two-match series, which they won. However, Azam’s struggle with the bat continued. He scored 13 and 24 in the first Test, and in the second Test, where Pakistan only played one innings, Babar contributed 39 runs.

During the current tour of Australia, Azam once again failed to deliver for his side. In the first Test, he amassed 21 and 14 runs. As of the latest update, Australia is leading after reducing Pakistan to 194-6 at stumps on day two of the second Test. The Green Shirts still trail by 124 runs in the first innings with Mohammad Rizwan (29) and Aamer Jamal (2) out in the middle.

As the year draws to a close, Babar Azam will have one more chance to deliver for his side and break his unwanted record. His performance in the upcoming matches will be crucial for both his personal record and the overall performance of the Pakistan cricket team.

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