With a 2-Zero sequence win over South Africa, Pakistan rose to No. 5 within the take a look at rankings for the primary time since 2017.
Babar Azam believes the staff ought to be wanting increased.
“Entering into the highest 5 is promising,” the Pakistan captain mentioned after a 95-run victory within the second take a look at in Rawalpindi on Monday, “and we wish to lengthen our win streak and rise a bit extra increased within the rating.”
Already captain of Pakistan’s T20 and ODI groups, Babar was appointed as skipper of the take a look at aspect in November and was speculated to make his take a look at captaincy debut in New Zealand.
A fractured thumb dominated him out of that sequence, which Pakistan misplaced 2-Zero, and he returned for the matches in opposition to South Africa, scoring solely 122 runs within the two checks. He was out lbw thrice to left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.
“Particular person performances do not likely matter and, should you see, everybody performed a job accordingly and completed off properly,” he mentioned. “There have been some errors and we’re undoubtedly going to enhance them going ahead.”
Babar mentioned he doesn’t hesitate to seek the advice of with former captains Azhar Ali and Mohammad Rizwan earlier than taking choices on the sector.
“If I really feel I’m caught and need assistance, I attain out to Rizwan and Azhar,” he mentioned.
“It’s not like I simply impose myself, however I ask round, focus on and take their consent earlier than making any choice.”
It was solely Pakistan’s second sequence victory in opposition to South Africa in 12, with the Proteas successful seven of them. Pakistan final beat South Africa in 2003, successful a house sequence 1-Zero.