Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has pointed out a major flaw in the batting technique of young batter Saim Ayub, following his Test debut against Australia in Sydney.

During Sydney Test against Australia, Saim Ayub faced both highs and lows in his debut match. Ayub, stepping in for Imam-ul-Haq, encountered a duck in the first innings courtesy of Josh Hazlewood but showcased glimpses of his potential in the second innings.

Saim Ayub played a promising innings of 33 runs from 53 balls with the help of three boundaries and one six before Nathan Lyon ended his entertaining knock.

Amidst the acclaim for his spirited second-innings performance, former captain and coach Misbah-ul-Haq highlighted a crucial area for improvement in Ayub’s batting technique.

Misbah, known for his astute cricketing insights, lauded Ayub’s temperament and attacking style against the Australian bowlers but pointed to a notable flaw concerning his front leg movement.

In a shared video on his official Facebook account, the 49-year-old cricketing authority commended Ayub’s talent, foreseeing the young cricketer’s potential to dominate and deliver consistently for Pakistan. However, he also pointed out a flaw in his batting which can be sorted with a slight adjustment.

“He displayed excellent temperament, attacking the Australian bowlers during his brief innings. It seems he can assert dominance over the opposition and perform consistently for Pakistan,” Misbah-ul-Haq said in the video.

“A minor adjustment is necessary in Ayub’s technique concerning the fuller deliveries from both pacers and spinners, as his front leg tends to move across slightly, potentially causing issues. His dismissal hints at a similar concern,” Misbah added.

Saim Ayub will be next seen in Pakistan’s upcoming T20I series against New Zealand in Kiwis’ own backyard.

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