Pakistani skipper Babar Azam said the team should look higher, following their 2-0 test series victory over South Africa on Monday. This triumph helped them climb to No.5 in the Test rankings for the first time since 2017.
“Getting into the top five is promising and we would like to extend our winning streak and move up the rankings a bit higher,” said the Pakistani captain after a 95-point victory in the second test at Rawalpindi on Monday.
Already captain of Pakistan’s T20 and ODI teams, Babar was named the skipper of the test team in November and was set to make his debut as test captain in New Zealand.
A fractured thumb ruled him out of that series, which Pakistan lost 2-0, and he came back for the matches against South Africa, scoring just 122 points in both tests.
“Individual performances don’t really matter and, if you see, everyone played a role accordingly and finished well,” he said. “There were some mistakes and we will definitely improve on them in the future.”
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Babar said he did not hesitate to consult with former captains Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan before making decisions on the ground.
“If I feel like I’m stuck and need help, I contact Rizwan and Azhar,” he said.
“It’s not like I’m just pushing myself, but I ask around, discuss, and take their consent before making a decision.”
It was only Pakistan’s second series victory over South Africa in 12 attempts, with the Proteas winning seven. They last beat South Africa in 2003, winning a home series 1- 0.