‘Haris Rauf almost ready for Test debut’ says Misbah


Rawalpindi: Pakistan men’s team head coach Misbah-ul-Haq revealed that the 27-year-old Haris Rauf is developing as a Test Bowler.

Haris, who has played 11 T20Is and two ODIs for Pakistan, was named to the Test squad for the first time and chief selector Mohammad Wasim rated him as ‘X-factor’.

“Haris is bowling really well. He has been bowling 13-14 overs with the new and old ball. He is getting ready and almost there. If required, we will look to him,” Misbah said in a virtual presser from Pindi Cricket Stadium.

Meanwhile, Misbah is ready to make a bold decision if conditions allow them to choose one spinner from Yasir Shah and Nauman Ali, performers of first Karachi Test.

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“We will make the decision of playing XI closer to the match. It’s not necessary to play a bowler if conditions are not helping him. We are ready to add a pacer if condition allows us,” he added.

Misbah was impressed with the way the home side played the first Test and end up winning it.

“It was a much-needed win. The best part was that the team fought and came back from a difficult situation. The team is looking forward to the next task as South Africa will bounce back after the defeat,” he maintained.

Note, Pakistan defeated South Africa by seven wickets at National Stadium. Both team reached Islamabad yesterday and took part in first training session at Pindi stadium. The second Test starts from February 4.

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