Shoaib Malik calls time on Test career - Cricket World TV

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We briefly review the career of Shoaib Malik following the announcement that he will be retiring from Test cricket at the end of the series against England in Sharjah.

Malik has decided that his 35th Test will be his last, bringing to an end a 13-year long Test career punctuated by a gap of five years before he was recalled for the Abu Dhabi game against England.

In that match, he stroked a brilliant career-best score of 245, but has struggled afterwards and not passed 50 since.

He feels the time is now right to step aside as Pakistan have the young players coming through while he wants to spend time with his family and get himself ready for a bid to play in the 2019 World Cup in England.

But with Malik now retired, Misbah-ul-Haq likely to retire before too long and Younis Khan similarly coming towards the end of his career, can Pakistan cope without these three experienced players in their middle order?

Or will Malik's decision have any impact on when Misbah will decide he himself will retire?

Malik made his Test debut against Bangladesh in Multan in 2001, taking two wickets and not being required to bat as Pakistan wrapped up a three-day win.

He became a regular selection in the middle order and was used as an opening batsman on occasion.

Malik captained Pakistan between 2007 and 2009 and was handed a one-year ban by the Pakistan Cricket Board in 2010 (although this was later overturned).

He has played more than 250 limited overs matches for his country and represented Pakistan at the 2007 World Cup as well as four ICC World Twenty20 tournaments.

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