Khan hits back at doubting selectors with sparkling century against Australia in first Test in Dubai
Dubai: Younis Khan, who had criticised the selectors for axing him from the ODI series against Australia hit a record-equalling century to guide Pakistan to 219-4 on the opening day of the first Test against Michael Clarke's men in Dubai yesterday.
Pakistan's Younis Khan en route his 106 against Australia in Dubai yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
The 36-year-old right hander scored 106 for his 25th century to help Pakistan counter the fiery pace of Mitchell Johnson (3-22) after Pakistan won the toss and decided to bat on a flat, grass-less Dubai stadium pitch.
At close, skipper Misbah-ul Haq was unbeaten on 34 and with him Asad Shafiq not out nine. Batting on 99, Younis jumped out of his crease to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a big six to reach the three-figure mark off 220 balls, equalling Pakistan's record for most hundreds held by Inzamam-ul Haq.
Younis reached the mark in his 92nd Test as compared to Inzamam's 120. He also became the first Pakistani to score a hundred against all nine Test opponents, and overall the 12th batsmen in the world to reach the honour.
Younis said he felt proud at helping the team and achieve a rare honour. "When you play with your heart, things go your way and I am proud to be the first Pakistani to score hundreds against all countries and to equal the great Inzamam's record," said Younis.
"If we manage to score 400 plus we can put Australia under pressure but it's not going to be easy because they have bowled well especially Johnson."
Johnson, the best of Australia's pace-cum-spin attack, removed Younis with the second delivery of the second new ball, trapping him leg-before with a sharper one.
Pakistan 219 for 4 (Younis Khan 106, Azhar Ali 53; M Johnson 3-22) vs Australia
The number of Test tons by Younis Khan. He equals Pakistan's record for most hundreds by Inzamam