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Asif 15th Pakistani to take 100 wkts

Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010, 17:46 [IST]
 
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Asif matches Waqar's record

Trent Bridge: Right-arm fast-medium pacer Mohammad Asif became the 15th Pakistani bowler to take 100 Test wickets today after claiming the wicket of Alistair Cook in his 20th Test.

Aisf became joint fourth fastest in the history of Test Cricket to reach the milestone, currently playing his 20th game. He matched fellow Pakistani and now coach Waqar Younis. Dale Steyn had also managed to get his 100th victim in his 20th test.

Mohammad Asif, who started his career in Jan 2005 against Australia in Sydney, was born on December 20, 1982, in Sheikhupura, Punjab.

The lanky pacer had finished with 5 for 77 including a spell of 4 for 12 runs on the second day of the first Test against England which restricted England to 354 after a promising show by Eoin Morgan and Paul Collingwood in the opening day. He required just one more wicket for his 100th scalp as third day's play resumed.

Asif believes his bowling has improved by a great margin ever since he made a comeback in the International arena after serving a 12-month suspension.

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