Babar Azam expands FAB-4 to FAB-5, joins elite club


PAK vs AUS Live: Babar Azam slams ton – While Virat Kohli could not break his 841 days of century drought, Babar Azam has. The Pakistan captain slammed his sixth Test ton against Australia to keep Pakistan’s hopes alive of a record chase in Karachi. With that, he also expanded world cricket’s so-called FAB-FOUR to FAB-FIVE. The FAB-FOUR consisted of Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson. Follow Pakistan vs Australia Live Updates on InsideSport.IN.

While Babar Azam has been in fantastic form in ODI and T20, the same wasn’t the case in Test cricket. In fact, his last Test century was back in February 2020 against Bangladesh. But against a tough Australian bowling attack, he prevailed in style.

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

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PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

Interestingly, only Joe Root and Babar Azam have been able to score centuries in Test while the other three haven’t scored any in the last 12 months.

Who are the Fab 5?

  • Virat Kohli
  • Joe Root
  • Steve Smith
  • Kane Williamson
  • Babar Azam *

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

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Virat Kohli’s last Test century was back in 2019 against Bangladesh and since then, he has endured a poor run of form. He hasn’t scored a century in 52 innings.

Steve Smith’s last Test century came in January 2021 against India when he scored 131 in Sydney. But since then despite going close to the three-figure mark, he has not been able to score a century in the last 13 innings.

Kane Williamson has been struggling with a persistent elbow problem and has missed a lot of Tests including the ones against Bangladesh at home. His last Test century was a double hundred against Pakistan at Christchurch back in January 2021. But in the subsequent innings, he managed only one fifty, against India in the World Test Championship final.

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

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PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

Joe Root vs Babar Azam: The race is now on between Joe Root and Babar Azam. After claiming the ICC Test player of the year, Joe Root has continued his great form, slamming a century against West Indies.

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No Player Country Mat Inns Runs HS Ave 100 50
1 Joe Root England 10 19 1008 180* 56.00 4 4
2 Virat Kohli India 9 16 496 79 31.00 3
3 Babar Azam Pakistan 6* 10 466 102* 58.25 1 3
4 Steve Smith Australia 7* 10 394 93 39.40 4
5 Kane Williamson New Zealand 1 2 42 24 21.00

 

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

In the World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle, Joe Root is the only player to cross the 1000-run mark and has averaged 56.00 including four centuries and as many fifties. Kane Williamson has played only one match.

As for Pakistan’s match against Australia. Babar Azam’s fighting century and Abdullah Shafique’s gritty unbeaten 71 kept Pakistan in the hunt. On the final day in Karachi, Pakistan will need to score 314 runs to win while Australia will need eight wickets.

PAK vs AUS LIVE: Babar Azam scores ’TOP NOTCH 100’ against Australia, world cricket’s FAB-FOUR becomes FAB-FIVE

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