Pakistan players underwent fitness tests during their ongoing training camp in Lahore and according to reports, 17 out of the 18 members passed the Yo-Yo test.
Spinning all-rounder Imad Wasim has reportedly missed the the benchmark of 17.4 by just 0.2 points and is expected to take the test again on Tuesday.
According to reports from Pakistan, quite a few players easily crossed the minimum standard required to be considered for selection.
Apparently, fast bowler Hasan Ali had the highest score of 20 which makes him one of the fittest cricketers not only in the subcontinent but also world cricket.
Yoyo Test Passing marks 17.4— ٰImran Siddique (@imransiddique89) September 3, 2018
Hassan Ali 20.0
Shoaib Malik 17.8
Imad wasim failed with 17.2 marks
Many New Zealand, England and Australia players are said to have Yo-Yo scores of more than 20, with some even going beyond 21.
Kohli is said to be one of the fittest players overall in the game with his endurance and agility said to be one of the very best. But when it comes to actual Yo-Yo scores, Hasan reportedly trumps the India captain.
According to various reports from India, Kohli’s Yo-Yo scores have ranged range from 19 to 19.3. It’s excellent in its own right, but Hasan has bettered them according to reports which should be a matter of great pride for the Pakistan quick.
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.