Azhar ruled out of first England Test

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Azhar ruled out of first England Test

Abu Dhabi - Ali, 30, suffered an infected foot recently and played two of the three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in discomfort before missing the final match.

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Published: Mon 12 Oct 2015, 4:07 PM

Pakistan's key batsman Azhar Ali has been ruled out of the first Test against England according to team officials on Sunday.
Ali, 30, suffered an infected foot recently and played two of the three one-day internationals against Zimbabwe in discomfort before missing the final match.
Since making his debut against Australia at Lord's in Pakistan's neutral-venue Test in 2010, Ali has featured in 44 Tests and scored 3,393 runs.
His absence could be an opportunity for former captain Shoaib Malik to play his first Test in five years. Pakistan also have Fawad Alam in the squad but Malik's ability to bowl off-spin will be an added advantage.
Malik was drafted into the Test squad as 16th member after showing good form with the bat in the 2-1 one-dayer series win over Zimbabwe last week.
The remaining two Tests in the series will be played in Dubai (October 22-26) and Sharjah (November 1-5). The teams will also play four one-dayers and two Twenty20 internationals.



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