Nasser lav­ishes praise on Azhar for men­tal tough­ness

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For­mer Eng­land cap­tain Nasser Hus­sain on Tues­day praised Pak­istani skip­per Azhar Ali, say­ing that he has shown com­mend­able men­tal tough­ness, es­pe­cially at a time when his cap­taincy was at­tacked from all cor­ners.

“Azhar also only made a very small al­ter­ation but it's amaz­ing the dif­fer­ence it has made in both in­nings of this last Test. Most of all, he has shown in­cred­i­ble men­tal tough­ness at a time when his cap­taincy has been ques­tioned and his side have been strug­gling,” Hus­sain wrote in his col­umn for The Daily Mail.

Hus­sain also be­lieved that a slight tech­ni­cal change with the bat, has been ben­e­fi­cial for Pak­istani skip­per Azhar Ali, dur­ing the on­go­ing third Test against Eng­land in Southamp­ton, as he scored an un­beaten cen­tury. Azhar was crit­i­cised for his be­low- par per­for­mance by the cricket le­gends and ex­perts over his fail­ure to grab the op­por­tu­nity to win the Manch­ester Test de­spite be­ing on top and in a bet­ter po­si­tion against the host team.

“All too of­ten Azhar got his front leg in the way and was then fall­ing over the crease with his bat com­ing down at a bad an­gle. So the bowlers have worked to get his leg across his stumps be­fore pro­duc­ing a nip- backer that gets him plumb lbw,” he said.

The ad­just­ment proved ben­e­fi­cial for Azhar as he scored an un­beaten cen­tury, 141, in the first in­nings of the match. “So there comes a time when, if you keep get­ting out the same way, you have to think, "I've got to make an ad­just­ment here," he said.

“Azhar has done that be­tween the last Test and the start of this one and his slight ad­just­ment has been mov­ing his front foot out of the way in his stance, just by a cou­ple of inches, and open­ing his hips up a bit.

” That means he has not been plant­ing his leg in front of off- stump in­stead it is in front of mid­dle or mid­dle and leg and he has looked a lot more con­fi­dent when Eng­land have been tar­get­ing those pads,”

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