Unheralded Maqsood picked in Pak squad for T20 series against Australia

The second and final Test between Pakistan and Australia begins today. — File

The second and final Test between Pakistan and Australia begins today. — File

But there's never a good enough reason to forgive ignoring the most basic of rules in any game. Assuming the ball had gone for a boundary and without waiting for the umpire's signal for four, Azhar Ali and his batting partner Asad Shafiq strolled to the middle of the pitch for a discussion.

Mitchell Starc soon retrieved the ball and threw it back to wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who ran Ali out, leaving the Pakistani duo looking stunned and sheepish.

Despite the freakish wicket, Pakistan still remain in the driver seat with a lead of 369 at lunch with six wickets - and plenty of time - in hand.

The incident took place in the 52nd overs during Pakistan's second innings, when Peter Siddle was bowling and Azhar Ali was at the crease.

At the break on the third day, Asad Shafiq was unbeaten on 42 and with him Babar Azam on 34 not out as Pakistan's overall lead reached 369 with six wickets intact. At the time of writing, Pakistan are in a commanding position versus Australia, they have taken a mammoth 420 runs in the 2nd Test.

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"Maqsood has been drafted in the T20I squad after his recent performances in the domestic cricket and playing for Pakistan "A" team in the recent series", a PCB statement quoted national chief selector Inzamam ul Haq say.

The former England captain may have scored nearly 8,000 global runs and 18 Test centuries, but he says Abbas is the type of bowler that would make him "poop his pants".

Pakistan piled on the runs with Azam, Sarfraz and Azhar Ali - who was the casualty of a freakish run out - all making half-centuries to build on the hosts 137-run first-innings lead.

Australian rookie Marnus Labuschagne was run out after his own lapse on day two. Azhar denied there was any unsporting behaviour from Australian players in his dismissal.

The teams will play three T20 internationals after the Tests, with the first in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

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