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Karachi- Former Pakistan batsman Hanif Mohammad, player of the world's longest Test innings, died Thursday in a Karachi hospital after a prolonged illness, doctors said.

The 81-year-old was famous for his dogged batting in Pakistan's nascent years in international cricket, having opened as a schoolboy for the country's first Test against India in Delhi in 1952.

Short in stature Mohammad -- one of four brothers who played for Pakistan and a former national team captain -- hit a still unbeaten record of 337 in a marathon 970-minute stay at the crease against the West Indies in Barbados in 1958.

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