After clean sweeping South Africa in the series, Pakistan has now jumped to fifth spot in the ICC Test rankings. Babar Azam said that he is happy with his team performance in the series and will like to build upon it.

“It’s a welcome sign but we have to further improve,” said an Babar Azam, who was leading Pakistan for the first time. It was a much needed win and the best part of this series win is that now we are number five in Test rankings.”

Babar led Pakistan to a 2-0 sweep over the Proteas in Rawalpindi on Monday in a hard-fought 95-run win on the fifth and final day of the second Test.

“It will take time because it’s a new team. I am a new captain and we have made some changes to the squad. When you win it lifts your confidence and I am sure this win against South Africa will give us improvement.”

Azam hoped the new-look Pakistan team will continue its progress and secure some wins away from its home patch.

“We have won at home, but we now need to win on away tours. I am sure that with time we will do that. We lost in New Zealand and there were so many negative things said, but I am sure that now people will back us.”

Pakistan had set South Africa a daunting target of 370 to win.

Pakistan will now face South Africa in a three match T20 series which will be played on February 11, 13 and 14 in Gaddafi Stadium Lahore.


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