Younis relieved to make successful return

Veteran Pakistan batsman Younis Khan was pleased to record a good score upon his return to the Test side against the West Indies, having recovered from dengue fever.

Younis scored a century in the second Test in Abu Dhabi, having missed the first match due to not being fully recovered from his illness.

He thanked the team’s doctors for getting him back up to par so quickly, especially as he’d lost a lot of weight and strength due to the mosquito-borne sickness.

Younis said: “Normally after dengue you don’t have that much strength but I managed to regain it thanks to the doctors and medical staff who gave so much care.

“I had no energy to play in the first Test so I told the board and they accepted it. I got enough rest and probably had I rushed into it I wouldn’t have managed this success.

“I had lost some six kilos and I was worried that I had not played a match since the Oval Test on August 14.

“I played some club matches on cement wickets and that helped. It was hot and those matches helped me coming into this Test.”

Pakistan lead the Test series one nil in the UAE.