Babar Azam breaks record with 158, but Pakistan loses to England

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Pakistani Babar Azam celebrates his century.
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Birmingham: Pakistani captain Babar Azam returned to form with a record 158 but once again found himself on the losing side as England finished the One-Day International Series 3-0 at Edgbaston on Tuesday .

His highest score at this level saw Azam become the fastest player with 14 cents in the men’s ODI as the 26-year-old reached the benchmark in 81 innings – three short of the South. African Hashim Amla.

With Mohammad Rizwan, he shared a position of 179, a Pakistani partnership record against England in an ODI.

Yet despite a 331-9 total, Pakistan still suffered a three-wicket loss after England’s James Vince posted his first international cent.

Azam, at the top of the ODI batting standings, was back in the race after scoring nil and 19 in the first two games but it didn’t get the better of that setback.

“We started well, but we were sloppy on the pitch,” he said. “We will learn from our mistakes.”

While Azam is no stranger to hundreds of internationals, it took Vince six years to record his first on the world stage.

The 30-year-old Hampshire captain finally hit triple digits in a 50th round for his country in all three formats with a stroke of 102.

Still, along with the rest of a brand new squad, Vince was only called up by England a few days before the series opened after everyone initially selected had to self-isolate as a result of a coronavirus epidemic in the camp of the 50 world champions.

“I hadn’t given up then, but this time last week I wasn’t expecting it at all,” said Vince, who made his England debut in May 2015.

“I wasn’t sure it was coming. I’ve played a number of games and didn’t make it for England, but scoring a hundred for my country was a dream of mine growing up. I will never forget him. “

England are expected to recall several top-choice players when they name their squad for an upcoming Twenty20 series against Pakistan on Wednesday.

Several of their test batsmen, however, struggled in a recent 1-0 series loss to New Zealand.

But Vince’s modest test average of 24.90 reflects how the talented shooter has often come out playing loose shots.

“I’m not going to start thinking that I should be on the plane for the Ashes or all of the squads from now on,” he said.

“I know that the opinion about my career is that I have departures but not big contributions: the opinion is like that because it was the case.

“But I hope it gives me more confidence and other people as well. Today can help me move forward. “

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