Rehan Ahmed becomes the youngest bowler to bag five-for on Test debut
Rehan Ahmed, England’s 18-year-old Test debutant and the youngest since Brian Close (vs New Zealand, Manchester, 1949), achieved another record in his maiden Test appearance against Pakistan in Karachi, bagging a five-for in the second innings.
Rehan achieved the milestone on Day 3 of the ongoing third Test, his 5/48 in 14.5 overs helping England bundle out the hosts for 216 in 74.5 overs. The wrist-spinner dismissed Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, Saud Shakeel, Mohammad Rizwan, Agha Salman and Mohammad Wasim to become the youngest debutant to bag a Men's Test five-for at 18 years and 126 days. The previous record belonged to Pat Cummins, the current Australia Test skipper, who had bagged a five-for at 18 years 193 days on his Test debut against South Africa at the Wanderers, Johannesburg in November 2011. James Anderson held the previous record for England, having achieved the feat against Zimbabwe at Lord's back in 2003.
Ahmed, the young leg-spin bowling all-rounder from Leicestershire was England’s second highest wicket-taker at the ICC Men’s Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2022 in the West Indies earlier this year, with 12 scalps at 12.58 and a best of 4/30 in the team’s runners-up finish.
As for the ongoing Test, Jack Leach was England's other notable bowler in the second innings, returing 3/72 to back up his 4/140 from the first. England were set a 167-run target late into the third day’s play to complete a 3-0 clean sweep on their first Test tour of Pakistan since 2005-06. England were strongly placed at 80/0 from 10 overs at the time of writing, with openers Ben Duckett and Zak Crawley counter-attacking as has been the case throughout the series.