Srinagar: Former Pakistan captain Babar Azam ended his Australia tour with another failure as he got out for low score of 23 runs in the second inning of the third Test vs Australia in Sydney.
With that, Babar’s campaign in Australia concludes with an dismal tally of 126 runs from six innings at an average of 21 and a highest of 41 in the MCG Test.
Babar finishing with just over 126 runs is a real shocker for him and his fans in the backdrop of his rise in International cricket. The Australia Tests were going to be a true test of Babar’s character but the star Pakistan batter has failed big time.
Babar’s 126-run series is lower than the nightmarish outing Virat Kohli had endured during his 2024 trip to England. In a five-Test series, Kohli had aggregated 135 runs at an average of 10.5. Kohli has once endured statistically worse figures in a three-Test series than Babar after hitting his peak – 46 runs against Australia in 2017 – but there he batted in five innings.
Babar has endured a long bad patch in form with his last century in any format dating back to August 2023 when he hit 151 against Nepal in the Asia Cup.
In ICC Cricket World 2023 Babar finished with mere 320 runs from nine matches as Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-finals. In fact, his 41 in the previous Test was his highest in Tests in 2023 – ending a calendar year without a single Test fifty. The last time it happened to a Pakistan batter who batted in at least 8 innings was Basit Ali in 1995.