New Pakistan Test captain Afridi wants to focus on bowling

Karachi: Pakistan all-rounder Shahid Afridi wants to keep his aggression with the bat aside when he returns to Test cricket after four years.

Afridi, who was Tuesday named as Pakistan captain for the team`s upcoming assignments - Asia Cup and the tour of England, said he wants to focus more on his bowling in Test matches.

Pakistan will play two Test matches against Australia and four against England during their three-month long tour of Britain.

The seasoned all-rounder who is better known for his explosive batting said he would like to bat on sixth position in the Tests batting line-up to focus more on his bowling.

“I will focus more on my bowling as I think I can contribute more in this department than batting in the longer version of the game”, said Afridi who reversed his self- exile from Test recently.

The all-rounder who last played a Test in 2006 in Manchester made it clear he would not be hesitant to take a U-turn if he fails to shine in this format.

“If I would not be able to perform satisfactorily then I would prefer leaving my place for a youngster,” he said.

He said he returned to Tests because he wanted to help his national team which is in turmoil due to absence of senior players.

“The absence of senior players forced me to rethink my decision to play test cricket,” he said.



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