The chances of Pakistan captain Babar Azam regaining fitness in time for the second Test against New Zealand have improved as he had a lengthy training session at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Friday.

A spokesperson for the national team said from Christchurch that Babar had a proper nets session with the other players ahead of the game beginning on Sunday.

“Yes, he had nets today,” the spokesperson said.

He made it clear that any decision on whether Babar would play the second Test would be taken by the tour selection committee on the advice of the medical panel.

Babar has not played on the tour as yet due to a fractured thumb sustained during a throw down session in Queenstown last month.

Pakistan also lost opener Imam-ul-Haq for the tour with a fractured thumb while all-rounder Shadab Khan was ruled out of the Test series after leading Pakistan in the T20 series, which it…

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