Babar hopes to regain batting form in England T20Is
Pakistan's Babar Azam bats in the nets during a training session at the National Cricket Stadium in Karachi on September 17, 2022, ahead of their first Twenty20 cricket match against England. (Photo: AFP)

KARACHI, Pakistan (AFP) — Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said Monday that he hopes a seven-match series against England starting in Karachi this week will help him return to his best scoring form, after a lean Asia Cup earlier this month.

The 27-year-old managed just 68 runs in six games in the United Arab Emirates, where Pakistan finished runners-up to Sri Lanka.

England are on their first tour of Pakistan for 17 years, in a series seen as part of the build-up towards next month's men's Twenty20 World Cup in Australia.

"I hope to return to my best in this series... and it will be good if it happens before the World Cup," Azam told reporters on Monday.

The lean patch saw Azam dethroned as the world's top-rated T20I batsman, after ruling the rankings for 1,155 days, relinquishing the title to his opening partner Mohammad Rizwan last week.

Azam, who is Pakistan's top T20I run-getter with 2,754 runs in 80 games, said he keeps things simple while batting.

"I think less about failures when going through a bad patch," said Azam. "As a batsman your focus is to do your best to regain your form and it would be great to do that before the World Cup."

Azam was the highest scorer in last year's Twenty20 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates, with 303 runs in a tournament where Pakistan crashed out in the semi-finals.

Azam said the England series was a "big occasion".

"Obviously they have come to Pakistan after 17 years, so it's a big series and will help us build us towards the World Cup so all the players will utilise this," he said.

The matches will be held in Karachi (September 22, 23, 25) and in Lahore (September 28, 30 and October 2).

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