Pakistan opener Mohammad Hafeez to retire from Test cricket

New Zealand,Pakistan,Azhar Ali

Shah also equalled Pakistan's record of most wickets in a Test by claiming 14 scalps last week in the second match against New Zealand.

Pakistan, who resumed on their overnight score of 139-3, rode on Azhar's 134 and Shafiq's 104 to get into a commanding position in the series decider at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Hafeez announced his retirement after the second day's play of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi and will be taking his leave after the clash.

New Zealand could not capitalise as opener Jeet Raval was dismissed for a duck by left-arm paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi before leg-spinner Yasir Shah sent back Tom Latham for 10. He struck the first ball of the day from Trent Boult for four and ensured Pakistan progressed at a lively pace after two days of grind from both side's batsmen. They looked to be headed for a lead of over 150 when Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq were batting but eventually mustered just 74.

Azhar edged medium pacer Colin de Grandhomme through the slips for his ninth boundary to complete his first century after 18 barren innings.

Shafiq had a couple of nervous wafts on 99 but brought up his 11th test century with a quick single, then fell in the following over when Patel trapped him plumb in front - Shafiq's review of the decision was wishful thinking.

Somerville ended his first test innings with the ball with 4-75 off 36 overs, bowling well to the tail.

Kane Williamson and nightwatchman Somerville saw the visitors through to stumps at 26-2, still trailing by 48 runs, but considering even a lead of 150 would put pressure on Pakistan in the fourth innings, they at least hold a slim chance of repeating their first test victory.

Shafiq's 12th test century off 259 balls included 14 fours as he used his feet well against the spinners and played some delightful cut shots against seamers.

Related News:



Most liked

Yemen peace talks to start on Thursday in Sweden
At the same time, he called on Houthi insurgents to remain "vigilant against any attempt at a military escalation on the ground". The reduction of violence, Sanaa Airport, humanitarian access and economic challenges will be discussed, Griffiths said.

Meghan Markle Kate Middleton feud confirmed? Royals 'look away' after argument query
One thing is for sure: all eyes will be trained on Meghan and Kate during this walk to see how they are interacting. The couple are expecting their first child together around the end of March or beginning of April.

Unseen Photos: Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Release Photos With 'Hello! Canada'
Priyanka Chopra has responded to the contentious The Cut article that accused her of tricking husband Nick Jonas into marriage. The earlier version of the article read, "Priyanka: She is a modern-day scam artist , in my opinion".

Fears growing for backpacker Grace Millane missing in New Zealand
The image showed her on Auckland's Victoria Street near the SkyCity entertainment complex at around 7.15pm on Saturday. Brother Michael Millane, 29, said the family are now anxious and her disappearance is "totally unlike her".

Christmas Dinner Rocketed To International Space Station
If SpaceX rockets misbehave, that could prompt the agency to perform a safety review and delay those experimental launches. SpaceX hopes to take on that job soon, too. "...it just lands on the water.Then it sinks in and falls over".

Brie Larson kicks ass in new 'Captain Marvel' trailer
We did not expect this turn of events, but we enthusiastically accept the new reality where we all relate to Nick Fury. Which means that, before we get the Avengers 4 trailer, we've now got a new one for Captain Marvel .

Everyone is digging Tom Cruise’s PSA about motion smoothing
Cruise added that filmmakers are working with manufacturers to adjust how motion smoothing is activated on televisions. In the video , they suggest googling "turn off motion smoothing [your brand of TV here]".

Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg to host 2019 Golden Globe Awards
Cristina Yang on ABC's " Grey's Anatomy ", for which she also received five Emmy nominations. Added Mike Mahan, Executive Producer and CEO, dick clark productions.

Huawei Technologies CFO arrested in Canada, accused of violating Iran sanctions
Ian McLeod, spokesperson for Canada's Justice Department, said on Wednesday the arrest took place in Vancouver on December 1. The Wall Street Journal reported the U.S. government was trying to persuade companies in allied countries to avoid Huawei.

Health department reminds residents to get flu shots
This method is not recommended for heart disease patients or anyone with an elevated risk and is not widely used today. In addition to getting a flu shot, IDPH recommends following the 3 C's: clean , cover , and contain .

Rigger Who Died At Joburg’s Global Citizen Festival Identified As Siyabonga Ngodze
It also celebrated what would've been the former South African President, Nelson Mandela's , 100th birthday. While the majority got home safely afterwards, others were targeted by thieves as they left the stadium.

Life expectancy for Americans down again, according to CDC report
In fact, current life expectancy trends now rival the year 1918 , when the country was reeling from the influenza pandemic. Snyder says through medication like methadone, they're able to help people through their addictions and minimize deaths.

David Attenborough: 'The collapse of our civilizations is on the horizon'
Guterres said governments should embrace the opportunities rather than cling to fossil fuels such as coal, a dig at hosts Poland. "I remind all Parties that this is a deadline you set for yourselves and it is vital you meet it", Guterres added.

Dutch police raid 'dozens' of homes in European mafia crackdown
Officials hailed Wednesday's operation - dubbed "Operation Pollina" - as a serious blow to the group. Throughout the two-year joint investigation, some four tons of cocaine were seized.

XFL announces inaugural home cities
In October, XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck said the league had no plans to resurrect original team names and identities. Louis, Seattle, Tampa and Washington, D.C., when the league kicks off the weekend of February 8-9.