Pakistan medium pacer Sohail Khan was playing just his third Test when he started the run up in Birmingham against England during the third encounter of the series. He had an impressive record in domestic cricket with 91 wickets in the 2007-08 season when he was 18 and was selected for the national side.
In 2009, he made his debut against Sri Lanka in the last completed Test hosted by Pakistan.
Sohail marked his return to Test cricket after a five-year absence with a maiden five-wicket haul as Pakistan dismissed England for 297 on the first day of the third Test at Edgbaston.
Sohail took the new ball after Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq won the toss on a gloomy morning with some moisture in the pitch after overnight rain.
The paceman kissed the ground in joy after picking up his fifth wicket to dismiss James Anderson. The England bowler reviewed the decision to no avail. Anderson’s wicket meant stumps as well.
Gary Ballance and Moeen Ali were the only batsmen to show some resistance against the Pakistan bowling as the batsmen scored fifties.
Sohail’s return was all the more impressive as his previous two Tests — against Sri Lanka at Karachi in 2009 and against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in 2011 — had yielded a combined haul of one for 245.
The Pakistan bowler was recalled in the squad to replace fellow fast bowler Wahab Riaz and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Post his fifer, a Pakistan outlet based journalist asked Sohail about him learning English besides focusing on his bowling. The bowler couldn’t help but stifle an uncomfortable response that this is his first opportunity to sit in a press conference and he’s not entirely comfortable with English.
— Pakistan Media Watch (@PakPressWatch) 3 August 2016
The four-match Test series is level at 1-1 after Pakistan had won the opener.