Watch the first T20 between England and Pakistan live on Sky Sports Cricket from 5.30pm on Friday
Hot-on-the-heels of the recent Test series, England and Pakistan square up again on Friday as the Twenty20 series between the two sides gets underway.
The teams have not contested a three-match Twenty20 series since 2015/16 but we are sure it is going to be worth the wait as the countries, ranked second and fourth in the world respectively, collide three times in the space of five days in the shortest format.
Azam was given the T20 captaincy late last year just before Pakistan's tour to Australia and despite losing the series, he finished as the team's highest run scorer with 115 runs at an average of 57.50.
Earlier in the year, Azam enjoyed his time with Somerset in the 2019 T20 Blast hitting four half-centuries and one century on his way to finishing the highest run-scorer with 578 runs at an average of 52.54.
After sending down his first delivery at 92mph in the trials, Rauf was swiftly snapped up by the Lahore Qalandars for their development squad in 2017. Fast forward to December 2019 and he was selected as a replacement for Dale Steyn for the Melbourne Stars in the BBL, and that is where he really made a mark. บาคาร่า 3 ใบ
In only his second game, Rauf took a five-wicket haul against the Hobart Hurricanes and a few weeks later against the Sydney Thunder became the first Pakistani and first Stars bowler to take a hat-trick in the BBL. He finished the tournament with 20 wickets at an average of 13.35 and a strike rate of 11.3 - the best average and second-best strike rate in the tournament (minimum 10 overs bowled).
Not only will England have to deal with his pace, but his accuracy may also pose a tough challenge. According to CricViz data, in the BBL, Haris Rauf bowled 61 per cent of his deliveries above 88 mph with his fastest ball clocked at 93.68 mph. A total of 21 per cent of his deliveries were projected to hit the stumps - joint top with Peter Siddle - and of those 50 deliveries his figures were 9-43, indicating when Rauf is on target he is a tough competitior.
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