Pakistan tour of Zimbabwe 2013 August 19, 2013

Jamshed determined to make Test comeback

ESPNcricinfo staff

Nasir Jamshed, the Pakistan batsman, has set his sights on a Test comeback after being dropped from the side ahead of the Zimbabwe tour which begins on August 23.

Jamshed enjoyed a prolific ODI season last year, where he scored 462 runs in eight innings at an average of 66, establishing himself as a regular, though he didn't hit the same highs in his 16 ODIs this year. His Test performances, have been found wanting, with only 51 runs in four innings, and a high score of 46 in a difficult series in South Africa.

Speaking on the opening day of the national training camp on Tuesday, Jamshed said: "Test cricket is an important format and essential for every big player. I am disappointed over being dropped from the Test side. I will try my best to regain a place in the five-day format too by giving good performances in ODIs and T20s. If I am given another chance in Test cricket, you will find me a more mature player. I have realised my mistakes [in South Africa] and I have learnt the lessons."

Another notable selection was of the allrounder Anwar Ali, who first gained prominence with his display of swing bowling during the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2006. He has only played one T20I for Pakistan, in a match against Zimbabwe in Canada on October 2008. Since then he has worked on his batting, becoming a competent allrounder in the domestic scene. Over the last two seasons, he has taken 107 wickets at the first-class level, while providing contributions with the bat as well.

Anwar was hopeful that his new-found ability with the bat would hold him in good stead for the tour: "This time I have come back in the team with improved batting skills too to play my role in the team as an effective all-rounder."

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  • Mohammad on August 26, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    He should better concentrate on his batting and fielding which is very disappointing.He should learn a lesson from Shehzad and Amin who fielded very well in the recent matches instead of thinking that why was I dropped from the test squad?t No problem,I will make a test comeback.

  • Abdul on August 22, 2013, 11:27 GMT

    he was best for ODI and T20, not for test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    surely when a team plays Zimbabwe they should give some of their younger players a chance because it allows them to settle into international cricket gently. dropping jamshed is a bad decision, he is a good player who just needs to find out what test cricket requires. Other players need to be given opportunity aswell such as ahmed shehzad and haris sohail, umar akmal aswell who got a century on his test debut.

  • Dummy4 on August 21, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Really feel for Nasir. Almost any Pakistani batsman outside Misbah and YK would struggle (as we did) in RSA. Still, on the plus side, good to hear that the Zimbabwe omission is helping him become more mature, cause I really feel he has the ability to become our main opener in all 3 formats.

    On a side note, please hit the gym Nasir bhai. This isnt the 90s. Really hard to justify why an opening batsman is so slow at fielding and between wickets, you need to get in better shape.

  • Brendan on August 21, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    So what is the Pakistan batting sheet looking like? I know Hafeez is there and Misbah at 5, is Younis khan still playing and what about Asad Shafiq. Who is the keeper?

  • Atif on August 20, 2013, 19:02 GMT

    Yasir Hameed, Taufiq Umar and Nasir Jamshed are all class acts. But poor selections have left the first two in wilderness. All three should be part of Pakistan's Test side and should be nurtured. They can each score hundreds and more when required and can play on all sorts of surfaces.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 8:45 GMT

    Jamshade need to be given more chance. Just because one had poor series doesn't mean he should be kicked out or should not play test.

    Also why the selectors arn't picking players like Usman Salahuddin, Fawad Alam for test matches. this series would of been great experience for new comers.

  • Dummy4 on August 20, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    @xylofon Nasir jamshed's average dropped from from 50 to 38 in an year and his strike rate has dropped from 99 to 79,looking at this immense drop in both strike rate and average,you cannot say that he is the same batsman anymore and is out of form so you can't say that he is our best batsman nowadays,misbah is currently the best and umar akmal is also nowadays doing good.

  • B on August 20, 2013, 5:57 GMT

    Nasir Jamshed is by far the best pakistani batsman today and his exclusion from the test side is a mystery. He says the things expected to get back in the team but I think he is clueless why they dropped him.

    I have seen Umar Akmal fail over and over and over and over again. He is not anywhere near Jamshed. Jamshed played a 97 from 98 balls vs Aus so I dont understand some comments here. The only one I can think of who could go beyond him in nrs is of course Babar Azam, a future Test Captain.

    Lets not forget Jamshed is first of all an ODI batsman, everyone has their premier format, they cant be blamed for that. Jamshed will perform in Test conditions - provided he is given the chance.

  • Pundit on August 20, 2013, 0:03 GMT

    I like Jamshedpur, though as some of you have pointed out very poor technique for an opener!!!it just worries when you pay for these expert coaches...they don't address this issue. Flaying at balls with feet no now where near is not ideal,strategy as an opener. At best no 6 . He has a good eye but that is one of many attributes you need succeed. I think under 19 opener Sami who scored 3 hundreds has very good qualities. Need to elevate him and put him through programme of development including spending a season in SA, cape ton playing on bowler friendly pitches! PCB do you need assistance!

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