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Australia legend questions Mohammad Rizwan’s absence from playing XI for Perth Test

Srinagar: Former Australia cricketer and coach Darren Lehmann has questioned Pakistan cricket teams tactics of leaving Mohammad Rizwan out of playing XI vs Australia in Perth Test.

The Pakistan vs Australia first Test started on Thursday with hosts batting first. They reached 346-5 at stumps on day one with Mitchell Marsh (15) and Alex Carey (14) on the crease.
For the match, Pakistan chose senior wicketkeeper-batter Sarfaraz Ahmed in the playing XI over Mohammad Rizwan.

Sarfaraz took two catches behind the stumps but missed a stumping of David Warner when he was on 141.

Australian journalist Bharat Sundaresan shared a post on X about Rizwan having a session while mentioning that most Pakistan cricket fans think he should be part of the side.

Darren Lehmann, who coached Australia from 2013-2018, responded to Sundaresan’s post and also questioned Rizwan’s exclusion. “Why is he not,” Lehmann wrote.

Rizwan was sidelined last year from Test after poor performances with the bat in Test cricket. Sarfaraz returned to the side after a gap of almost four years in the home series against New Zealand.

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