Azhar Ali joins Pakistan's 5000 Test club

Azhar Ali (Getty)
Azhar Ali (Getty)

Abu Dhabi - Consistent Pakistan middle-order batsman Azhar Ali completed 5 000 runs in the longer format during the third day's play in the first Test against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

The 32-year-old became the eighth Pakistan batsman to reach the milestone in his 61st Test, when he took a single to reach a personal score of 32.

Ali made his Test debut against Australia at Lord's in Pakistan's neutral venue series in England in 2010 and has since been a consistent performer with the bat.

He became the first century maker in a day-night Test during his epic triple hundred against the West Indies in Dubai last year.

He scored 1198 runs in 11 Tests in 2016, also including a fighting double hundred against Australia at Melbourne.

Younis Khan is the leading Test run-getter for Pakistan, with 10 099 runs in 118 Tests.

Here is the list of Pakistan batsmen who scored 5 000 or more runs in Test cricket (under Test and runs):

Younis Khan - 118 Tests, 10 099

Javed Miandad - 124 Tests, 8832

Inzamam-ul-Haq - 119 Tests, 8829

Mohammad Yousuf - 90 Tests, 7530

Salim Malik - 103 Tests, 5768

Misbah-ul-Haq - 75 Tests, 5222

Zaheer Abbas - 78 Tests, 5062

Azhar Ali - 61 Tests, 5000

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