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Sarfaraz Khan Hammers 96 Vs England Lions After Being Ignored By Ajit Agarkar & Co

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Sarfaraz Khan continues to bang the door of India's Test match selection hard. The extravagant Mumbai batter smashed an innings of 96 on Saturday (January 13) against a visiting England Lions side during the two-day practice match in Ahmedabad. 

Ignored once again for Test selection ahead of the first two matches of the marquee England series on Friday, the attacking right-hander channelised his angst and frustration most perfectly, scoring plenty of runs on Day 2 of the warm-up fixture organised before England Lions enter a proper three-match series versus India A. 

Sarfaraz missed out by a whisker from what would've been another red-ball hundred in his kitty in a tremendous phase where he has been dominating the runs-chart in first-class cricket for Mumbai and now performing exceedingly well for India A also. 

Sarfaraz Khan Smashes 96 Off 110 Balls 

The inexperienced England Lions attack was given a proper hammering by the Indian maverick, whose 110-ball stint was compiled at a strike rate of 87.27 and featured 11 fours and a maximum as he helped India 'A' pile on their first-innings lead after dismissing the tourists for a paltry 233 on Day 1. 

Notably, Sarfaraz walked in at the No.4 position, pushing his claims of a middle-order slot in the senior national side even as there is no immediate opening for him with the legendary Virat Kohli batting there with the talented Shubman Gill and comeback men Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul placed either side of him. 

Since a career-transforming move back to Mumbai ahead of the 2019-20 domestic season, the aggressive right-hander seems to have truly elevated his game to encouraging heights and now boasts of an average close to 70 at the first-class level after 43 matches, with 13 centuries. 

Sarfaraz will have another chance to bang the selection door hard in the coming week when India A take on England Lions in the opening match of the three-game red-ball series, starting January 17.