Stand-in captain Muhammad Rizwan is confident of his team’s good chance of winning the second Test in Christchurch despite regular skipper Babar Azam being once again ruled out as he hasn’t yet recovered from his injury.

Babar was again ruled out of the second test on Saturday although he had had a nets session on Friday.

“Babar is still not confident 100 percent that he is fit for the test match and I know he will never take a chance unless he is completely sure he has full match fitness,” Rizwan said on the eve of the match.

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Babar, who sustained a thumb fracture last month in Queenstown during a throw-down, will return home without having played a single match in New Zealand.

In his absence in the first test, Pakistan put up a gallant fight but lost the game in the final session with just four overs to go in the match.

“Babar’s…

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