Hafeez returns to Test fold
Islamabad - In-form batsman Mohammad Hafeez and forgotten paceman Mohammad Talha have on
Thursday returned to Pakistan's 15-man squad for the three-Test series
against Sri Lanka starting in the United Arab Emirates next week.
was discarded from the Test team for the two-match series against South
Africa in October after a run of poor scores in the year.
But the 33-year-old has scored three hundreds in the ongoing five-match one-day series to regain his place in the Test squad.
Pakistan lead the series 3-1, with the fifth and final match in Abu Dhabi on Friday.
first Test against Sri Lanka starts in Abu Dhabi on December 31.
second Test will be in Dubai (January 8-12) and the third in Sharjah
Also returning to the Test squad is 25-year-old
right-arm paceman Talha, whose only Test in 2009 ended abruptly after a
militant attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in March 2009.
Umar Gul was also included after he impressed with his form and fitness
in the ongoing one-day series, taking three wickets each in the third
and fourth one-dayer.
Gul suffered a knee injury during the South Africa tour in March this year which required surgery.
paceman Mohammad Irfan was not considered after he fractured his hip in
the series against South Africa in the UAE last month. He has still not
regained full fitness.
Pakistan squad: Misbah-ul Haq (captain), Mohammad
Hafeez, Ahmed Shahzad, Khurram Manzoor, Shan Masood, Azhar Ali, Asad
Shafiq, Younis Khan, Adnan Akmal, Junaid Khan, Saeed Ajmal, Abdul
Rehman, Umar Gul, Rahat Ali, Muhammad Talha.