Haris Rauf returns to training after quad injury
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In a boost for Pakistan, Haris Rauf has got back to action after being injured. In a recent video, the pacer was seen bowling in the nets on December 30. Rauf suffered a minor thigh injury while fielding on Day 1 in the first Test match against England on December 1 and was later ruled out of the entire series.
After consistent performances in white-ball cricket, he was handed a Test debut in the opening match against England in Rawalpindi. He bowled 13 overs on Day 1 and conceded 78 runs with a wicket of Zak Crawley. But he hurt his thigh, which ruled out him out of the match as well as the series.
PCB later confirmed that the player has suffered a grade II strain in the right quad. “A grade II strain in the right quad has ruled Rauf out of the Test series against England,” a board statement read. However, the 29-year-old has provided a positive update on his recovery by posting a video of him bowling in the nets, “First kick after Rehab #PakistanCricket #pcb,” Rauf wrote.
First kick after Rehab #PakistanCricket #pcb 🏏 pic.twitter.com/xOBC1hJrIq
— Haris Rauf (@HarisRauf14) December 30, 2022
Notably, Pakistan have faced various injury issues lately, especially in the pace department as apart from Haris, Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah are also injured and missing out the ongoing series against New Zealand.
Haris has been Pakistan’s key pacer in the absence of Shaheen in white-ball cricket this year. He failed to make any impact on Test debut but is likely to be part of the squad in upcoming white-ball series against New Zealand starting from January 9.
Meanwhile, Pakistan lost the home series against England 0-3 and also struggled against New Zealand in the first Test in Karachi, which eventually ended in a draw on the final day due to bad light.