Australia’s coach Justin Langer praises ‘Fantastic’ Haider Ali


Karachi: Australia’s head coach Justin Langer praised Pakistan’s emerging batsman Haider Ali after he marked his international debut with a brilliant fifty against England.

The 19-year-old made 54, becoming the first Pakistan batsman to score a half-century on debut as the Green Shirts beat England by five runs in a last-ball thriller in Manchester on Tuesday.

“He’s fantastic,” said Langer in a conference call from Southampton, where Australia start a three-match T20I series against England.

“Pakistan as we have always known, they are like a sleeping giant. They’ve got so much talent, it’s like India, it’s exciting to watch,” he added.

Haider came in with Pakistan 2-1 after the loss of Fakhar Zaman. He was facing second ball of his international career and hit a six to Moeen Ali. “He (Haider) hit a six off his second ball in international cricket, it’s exciting to watch.”

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