Mitchell Santner has endured a frustrating past few months after suffering a serious knee injury but the New Zealand all-rounder has been using his experience to guide his replacement Ajaz Patel for the upcoming Test series against Pakistan.
Santner still faces a prolonged spell on the sidelines as he continues his injury rehabilitation but the 26-year-old is remaining active in every possible capacity in New Zealand’s ongoing training camp for the tour of the UAE.
The left-arm orthodox spinner has been guiding the 29-year-old Patel who was handed his maiden Test call-up to the Blackcaps squad for the Pakistan clashes.
“I’m sharing those little things here and there, but I’m sure he’ll (Patel) pick it up pretty quick over there,” Santner told Newshub.
Patel, who has picked up 187 wickets in 44 first-class matches so far, was glad to receive tips from Santner with regards to the conditions in the UAE.
“He (Santner) did speak a lot about how a lot of international spinners are bowling in the sub-continent, and around what they’re trying to do and what their game plans are,” Patel stated on his part.
“He’s been there, done that and seen it, so it’s quite cool to have that advice from him,” he added.
New Zealand’s tour of the UAE gets underway on October 31 with the first of the three T20s. The T20 clashes will be followed by three ODIs before the three-Test series commences on November 16 at Abu Dhabi.
Pakistan seam bowler Mohammad Abbas has been in brilliant form in red ball cricket this season and he continued his super run in English conditions as he finished among the wickets yet again.
The 28-year-old was the star for the men in green in the the Lord’s Test against England in May as he picked up eight wickets in the match. Since then, he has enjoyed a remarkable run in county cricket playing for Leicestershire in Division Two of the County Championship.
Abbas picked up five wickets (5-30) in the first innings against Gloucestershire but couldn’t save his team from sinking to a massive 328-run defeat.
It followed his eight-wicket haul (6-48 and 2-50) in the previous clash against Kent. Unfortunately for Abbas, his team sank to a defeat then as well, losing by eight wickets.
This is the third successive first-class match in which Abbas has picked up five wickets or more. He had picked up five wickets against Kent in July.
Pakistan wicket-keeper batsman Kamran Akmal expressed anguish at his continued omission from the team despite an excellent season.
The 36-year-old stated the team is being selected by captain Sarfraz Ahmed and coach Mickey Arthur and it is because of their preferences that he is not getting an opportunity.
“The coach and captain are responsible for selecting a team as they get what they ask for. I didn’t hear any statement from the selectors, but statements have come from coach and captain,” Akmal told ARY Sports channel.
Kamran went one step further and wondered if he needs to hit himself with a bat or burn his kit to attract the attention of national selectors.
“Should I hit myself with a bat or burn my kit? That’s what is left for me to do. Or should I do something else to get the PCB’s attention?” he added.
Pakistan coach Arthur had earlier said Kamran was not a part of his team’s plans as he is trying to build a team around young players.
Kamran started the year with a double century in List ‘A’ cricket in domestic cricket. He then starred with the bat for Peshawar Zalmi in the PSL, finishing as the second highest run-scorer in the tournament with 425 runs from 13 matches.
During April-May, he hit two List ‘A’ centuries in three matches. But it looks like the door has been shut on Kamran’s international career.