Wahab vows to battle back

14 April 2018 07:58:05 EST

Veteran Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz is determined to secure a future in international, having been overlooked for the upcoming tour of England.

The 32-year-old left-armer has been omitted from a 25-man training squad preparing for the action in England, with Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur less than complimentary about Riaz's recent performances.

Overall, I have performed in Tests whenever I've played and given my best.

Wahab Riaz

He told Cricinfo: "He has not won us a game in two years. I expect players that have been around for a long time to be winning us games and setting standards.

"Otherwise we will invest in younger players who have long futures - we have good youngsters around. I cannot fault Wahab when he has a ball in his hand, but his work ethic around training is something needs to be looked at."

Wahab, who has taken 83 wickets in 26 Test matches to date, was quick to respond and has clearly not given up hope of fighting his way back into the Pakistan set-up.

He added: "If you look at my performances in domestic cricket or during the last Test match for Pakistan, you will see that I have performed well.

"As a player, I am doing what needs to be done (to get selected). As a player, my job is to perform.

"Overall, I have performed in Tests whenever I've played and given my best. In terms of the wickets column, I think I will be on the top."

Pakistan will also be without Yasir Shah for the tour of England, with the leg-spinner currently sidelined by a hip problem.

Meanwhile, Pakistan are 11/1 to win the 2019 World Cup in England, with India priced at 3/1 and South Africa 6/1.

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