Steve Smith, the vice-captain of the Australian team, has lauded the best batter of the hosts.

Babar Azam scored a valuable 196 in the second Test between Pakistan and Australia.

The match ended in a draw due to Babar’s effort. Along with the Pakistan skipper, Abdullah Shafique and Mohammad Rizwan also made useful contributions to Pakistan’s total.

Pakistan were under pressure, having been dismissed for 148 in the first innings and chasing a target of 506 with almost two days left for the game.

However, along with other batters, Babar spoiled Australia’s plans of winning the game and earned a hard-fought draw. Steve Smith, the vice-captain of the Australian team, has lauded the best batter of the hosts.

“Babar Azam played an exceptional innings in Karachi Test. He made many records in Karachi Test and is undoubtedly among the top five batters in the world at the moment,” he said.

Smith is not expecting a bouncy track for the third and final Test in Lahore.

“Australians like playing test matches in challenging conditions. I’m not expecting a bouncy track at Gaddafi Stadium for Lahore Test. The pitch for Lahore Test is expected to be similar to Rawalpindi and Karachi Tests.”

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