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Babar Azam ruled out of the England tour due to broken forearm

Pakistan's Babar Azam receives medical attention after being hit by a ball
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Pakistan batsman Babar Azam has sustained a fracture on his forearm and would not be able to feature in the ongoing Pakistan-England Test series.

After being hit on the forearm by English all-rounder Ben Stokes, Pakistan batsman Babar Azam’s tour of England has come to an unfortunate end. X-rays carried out at the end of play on Day 2 have confirmed the news.

Azam was batting on 68 when a short-pitched delivery off Ben Stokes zipped through the surface.  The right hander took evasive action after he lost sight of the ball. The ball hit his left forearm as Azam failed hold on to the bat. The batsman winced in pain and was retired hurt.

Later, the Pakistan team physiotherapist Cliffe Deacon told the media that Azam would be out of action for 4-6 weeks and as a result ruled out of the tour.

Deacon said, "We decided we were going to do a precautionary x-ray at the end of the day's play. Unfortunately, the x-ray confirmed there was a fracture. The fracture's in the forearm, it's one of the two bones in the forearm in the distal third of the arm, just above the wrist. That's why he couldn't hold his bat properly."

This is a shame as the 23-year old is yet to score a Test century and looked well on his way for the same before getting injured. Pakistan haven’t named any replacement for Azam.

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