After Azhar Ali Shocker, Yet Another Farcical Run-Out Has Twitter In Meltdown

Doug Mendoza
October 19, 2018

Pakistan No.3 Azhar Ali found that out the hard way, when he was run out in the most unusual of circumstances on day three of the test against Australia in Abu Dhabi.

He confidently assumed the ball would reach the boundary and made a decision to stand on the middle of the pitch to converse with batting partner Asad Shafiq.

Mitchell Starc soon retrieved the ball and threw it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who ran Ali out, leaving the Pakistani duo looking stunned and sheepish.

The teams drew in the first Test Match following a famous fightback from Australia. "But that takes the cake".

Lee compared it to Marnus Labuschagne's freaky run out on day two, suggesting the batsman was at fault on both occasions.

"I know I will be asked this question for a long time now, especially when I go back home", Azhar, a 33-year-old veteran of 66 tests, smiled at reporters.

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Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed added a valiant 81 despite carrying an elbow injury and also copping a blow to the helmet while ducking to Peter Siddle.

"Once you start getting into your 30s, mid-30s, you can't afford to have a run like that, because everyone starts talking about your position in the team, is that the end of your career, and that extra pressure builds up on you as well", Hussey said on Wisden radio. I take full responsibility for it.

"You shouldn't be not watching the ball for (that) long". After a couple of steps out, he stopped and slowly strolled down the pitch to punch gloves with Shafiq, thinking that the ball would race away to the boundary for four.

But Azhar didn't see the ball stop short of the rope. "When Tim Paine started to run towards the stumps then I thought a little bit something amusing about it, then it was a shock after that...it's my own fault", he added.

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