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Jul 20, 2010

Malik expect to replace Afridi for 2nd Test against Aus

Former captain Shoaib Malik is set to replace Shahid Afridi in the Pakistan playing eleven for the 2nd Test against Australia at Headingley, which is also possible to see the return of off-spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Sources said Pakistan will make two changes in the playing XI that lost to Australia by 150 runs in the 1st Test at Lord's.

Malik will replace Shahid Afridi, who has announced retirement from Test cricket, while Saeed Ajmal is likely to come in place of Danish Kaneria, they said.

Malik has actually convinced the team management that he can still contribute to the side after being axed from the first Test squad following his lack of significance in practice sessions.

"We know that he did not play any cricket in between the Lord's and Headingley so his form has got nothing to do with his selection. We have achieved what we wanted to and since he has scored fifty in the last Test he has played, he would be there in the team," according to 'The News'.

Pakistan undergo a humiliating 150-run defeat against Australia in the first Test last week and Malik's addition will bolster the batting as he is the senior-most players in absence of Mohammad Yousuf and Younus Khan.

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