County Championship: Pakistan’s Azhar Ali makes unbeaten double hundred in English county game
County Championship: In an English County Championship match against Leicestershire on Friday, Pakistan‘s Azhar Ali hit an undefeated double century to help Worcestershire rewrite the record books.
Azhar and former England Under-19 international Jack Haynes added 281 for the third wicket. And breaking the previous mark of 278 set by Cyril Walters and Harold Gibbons against Leicestershire in 1934.
At stumps on the second day of the four-day match at New Road, Worcestershire were 456 for three, with a lead of 308 runs.
Haynes was finally bowled for 127. While Azhar completed his double century with a cover drive for four off Rehan Ahmed in the penultimate over of the day.
Azhar had faced 328 balls by that point, with one six and 18 fours. As well as another century stand with Brett D’Oliveira (52 not out).
Azhar arrived at Worcestershire’s headquarters, New Road, following a brilliant Test series against Australia. That featured a marathon 185 at Rawalpindi that lasted 11 hours.
The 37-year-old struggled at first with the shift to English conditions. After scoring 34 runs in his first six innings for Worcestershire in the Midlands.
However, after smashing 92 against Durham. That included new England captain Ben Stokes, the former Pakistan captain has found his form.
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