ABU DHABI – 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.
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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 1,198 runs in 11 Tests in 2016, also including a fighting double hundred against Australia at Melbourne.
Younis Khan is the leading Test runs makers for Pakistan, with 10,099 runs in 118 Tests.
Pakistan batsmen who scored 5,000 or more Test runs:
Younis Khan: 10,099
Javed Miandad: 8,832
Mohammad Yousuf: 7,530
Salim Malik: 5,768
Zaheer Abbas: 5,062
Azhar Ali: 5,000