Mickey Arthur draws comparison between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur had high praises for Babar Azam ahead of the Test series against Australia which starts on 15th November.
Known more of a limited overs batsman, Azam made his Test debut against West Indies in Dubai in October when Younis Khan was unwell and has claimed the number three spot in the recent series against New Zealand.
His score of unbeaten 90 for Pakistan in the second Test against the Black Caps in Hamilton showed his true ability in a series dominated by the bowlers.
Azam also scored three consecutive centuries against West Indies in the United Arab Emirates and has been one of promising talent currently in Pakistan.
Arthur believes Azam at the age of 22 reminds him of Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli at the same age.
"He (Azam) is a young gun who will be an exceptional player," Arthur told Perth's 6PR radio.
"I'll go so far as to say, at the same age, I reckon he's as good as Virat Kohli, which I know that's high praise but he's right up there."
Pakistan's preparation in New Zealand were dampened by rain and they were caught off the guard in the Test series against the Black Caps which they lost 2-0.
Arthur now will be leading his team against Australia for the first time since his association with the Baggy Green team ended in 2013 when he was removed as the coach.
The 48-year-old believes the young Pakistan team had gained proper exposure in the series against New Zealand and is hoping to make it count in the upcoming series against Australia.
"Had that series gone another Test match, we would have been better for the conditions," he said.
"Hopefully, this has put us in good stead for what we can experience in Australia."
Pakistan will play a warm-up against Cricket Australia XI between 8th and 10th December before the first Test in Brisbane on 15th December which is also a day-night encounter.
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