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Faisal Iqbal happy to dish out the backchat


August 19, 2006

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Sweeping statement: Faisal Iqbal is happy to back-chat in Tests © Getty Images

Faisal Iqbal has admitted that he's happy to carry on a family tradition of Test match backchat. He has been engaged in a summer-long battle of wits fielding at short-leg during the ongoing series against England prompting comparisons with fiery, former captain Javed Miandad... who is his uncle.

"I enjoy fielding close in, I have always talked to the opposition," Iqbal said. "They give it back too me when I'm batting. It must be in my genes. It's natural and normal. I like to have a chat."

Iqbal hit an unbeaten 58 on Saturday in Pakistan's 504 all out in the first innings of the fourth and final Test at The Oval as the tourists look to salvage some pride after already losing the series 2-0.

The middle-order batsman Iqbal had endured a poor series up until Saturday making just 91 runs at an average of 15.16. But he was in fluid form on Saturday making the most of some wayward England bowling.

"The skipper [Inzaman-ul-Haq] has always supported me and encouraged me to do well," said Iqbal. "I have been learning from my mistakes. I enjoyed the short ball today and getting on the front foot. You have to be courageous and positive."

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