Malik signs to play for Durham in 2016

County Cricket

Pakistan allrounder Shoaib Malik, who hit his highest Test score against England last week, has signed up to play for Durham in the 2016 English County Championship.

Durham is hopeful that the 33 year-old Malik will be available for all three formats of the game although his successful recall to the Test side might scupper those plans.

Malik batted for more than 10 hours in compiling 245 in the first Test of the three-match series against England in Abu Dhabi in his first match back in the longest format for five years.

The right-handed Malik also bowls handy offspin and took four wickets in the Test in Abu Dhabi, including that of England captain Alastair Cook.

Before the second Test against England, Malik had played in 33 Tests, 227 ODIs and 65 T20Is, while he also has extensive experience of playing domestic cricket around the world.

Durham will hope Malik can inspire them to greater heights after they finished fourth in the County Championship this past season, reached the quarterfinals of the one-day cup and did not reach the knockout rounds of the T20 Blast.