Azhar breaks 44-year old record, registers highest score in Australia


MELBOURNE: Azhar Ali hit the highest score by a Pakistan batsman in Australia on Wednesday on the third day of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Azhar overtook Majid Khan’s previous highest score of 158 posted in Melbourne 44 years ago and was just three runs short of Viv Richards’ ground best of 208 for a visiting batsman when the declaration came.
Azhar Ali was unconquered on 205 off 364 balls in almost 10 hours at the crease spread over three days when skipper Misbah-ul-Haq called a halt at 443 for nine shortly after lunch.
Azhar batted on after going to lunch on 196 and completed his double century.
It was Azhar’s 12th Test century in his 56th Test and third against Australia, swelling his aggregate for the calendar year to 1,155 runs at 64.16.
In October, Azhar joined a select club of batsmen with an unbeaten 302 against the West Indies in Dubai and became the first batsman in day-night Test cricket to achieve a triple century.
It was also the fourth triple hundred by a Pakistani batsman.