Injured Gul unsure about Test future

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Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has been out of action for more than a year after knee surgery, and while he wants to be part of the Test series against Australia in October, he may have to consider retiring from the format.

Pakistan fast bowler Umar Gul has been out of action for more than a year after knee surgery, and while he wants to be part of the Test series against Australia in October, he may have to consider retiring from the format.

Gul underwent surgery in May last year and has not played a Test since February 2013. The 30-year-old hopes to recover in time to face the Aussies in the UAE, but is not overly confident about it.

Gul told PTI: "It is frustrating and right now the doctors and trainers at the national cricket academy have told me I am still not 100% fit and need to do more rehabilitation and gym training so that the knee is back to normal.

"I don't feel comfortable bowling right now because of the knee problem and if you ask me right now if I could play Test matches I would say no.

"Honestly speaking at present I don't know what my future is. But I am targeting a return to the test side for the series against Australia later this year. But if that doesn't work out I could quit playing Tests to prolong my career.

"It is never easy to make a comeback from a knee surgery. But I have tried to do my best as I want to play for Pakistan. But if I am not feeling 100% fit and I don't feel comfortable bowling I will not make myself available for selection."

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