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Twitter hits back at Vaughan as he calls Babar ‘the best in the world across all formats’ | Cricket

Pakistan captain Babar Azam put in a fine performance on Day 3 of the first Test against England as he beat his eighth century in the longest form of the match. Babar reached his triple digit mark during the second session of the day, becoming the seventh centurion in the running test; and third from the Pakistani side. At Rawalpindi’s pitch, which has so far shown all signs of being a batting paradise, four England batters smashed tons as the visitors put up a massive 657 score in the first innings.

For Pakistan, openers Abdullah Shafique (114) and Imam-ul-Haq (121) forged a 225 first wicket run score before Babar finally made his century on Day 3. The Pakistan captain reached the target in 126 deliveries, hitting 14 fours and a six on the way to his barrel.

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Former England captain Michael Vaughan took to his official Twitter account and praised Babar for the knock, also making a big claim to the batsman. “Class act @babarazam258.. Nothing more sure of a 100 than one for him on this field.. best in the world in all formats.. #PAKvsEng,” wrote Vaughan.

However, there were many fans who disagreed with Vaughan on his “best in the world” comment.

It was the first time in Test history that openers from both teams had scored centuries in the first innings after England openers Crawley and Ben Duckett also hit hundreds in England’s world record 506-4 on the first day.

The grassless pitch was the centerpiece of England’s first Test in Pakistan in 17 years, with even Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ramiz Raja saying the wicket is not a good advertisement for Test cricket.

Only 14 wickets fell on a similar type of pitch over five days when Australia last played at Pindi Cricket Stadium and the wicket was judged “below average” by ICC match umpire Ranjan Madugalle. The field therefore received a penalty point.

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