Mohammad Hafeez will have to strengthen Pakistan's lackluster batting if selected ahead of 2nd Test    AFP
Mohammad Hafeez will have to strengthen Pakistan’s lackluster batting if selected ahead of 2nd Test AFP

After Pakistan suffered two batting collapses in the ongoing opening Test against New Zealand, chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has hinted at Mohammad Hafeez s inclusion in the national squad saying the all-rounder might be brought back into the team if the need arises. Losing the toss at Christchurch, Misbah-ul-Haq’s men faltered in both the innings with scores of 133 and 129 for 7 in the ongoing second innings. Pakistan are well on course of a big defeat as they have a lead of only 62 runs with 3 wickets intact going into Day Four. LIVE SCORECARD: PAKISTAN vs NEW ZEALAND, 1st TEST AT CHRISTCHURCH

We can bring Hafeez back into the team if we need him. Players who will under-perform consistently will be removed to make way for others, stated the former Pakistani captain. Pakistan’s batting was at par in both their last series against England and West Indies but the seaming and overcast conditions outplayed them as New Zealand’s pacers wreaked havoc of their line-up. However, Hafeez will have to be ready for his return as he has a torrid time in the tour of England earlier in 2016.

When asked about what went wrong against the Kane Williamson-led side, Inzamam insisted that New Zealand wickets are different and, therefore, the team need some time to adjust.

We were hoping for a good performance from the team but they couldn t deliver. However, the New Zealand wickets are different and we should give some time to the team to adjust, he added.

Inzamam, however, remained optimistic that his team would make a comeback in the second and final match, beginning at Seddon Park in November 25.