LAHORE - Pakistan opening batsman Nasir Jamshed Saturday said that though his exclusion from Test squad was painful yet he would strive hard to regain the slot in the Test format.

Talking to the media here at National Cricket Academy (NCA), Nasir said: “Test cricket is a very highly-regarded format and as a batsman, I believe I need to play Test cricket to become better. It's no issue as I am working hard and I will perform well in Zimbabwe so the selectors will notice me again and bring me back in Test like I did last time with a good performance.”

He said he had no target as such and he was just going with the intention to win. “In terms of personal goals, everyone's aim is to do really well, and that is what I hope to do as well. I want to perform in such a way that my team will win because of it.”

To a query regarding his fitness, the opening batsman said: “My fitness level is good as you must have seen in the previous series where I was not affected by any injury. Just like five fingers on the hand, not everyone's fitness level will be the same. If we look at other teams, they have players whose fitness levels are not optimal, but because they are part of the winning combination and benefit the team, they are still playing.”

He said there were always ups and downs in one's career and one should always think positively. “I will make a comeback in Test cricket and very good one at that similar to how I did in ODIs. When I do make a come back in Tests, I want to be regarded as a mature and dependable cricketer.”

He said ODIs and Tests were two very different formats and he just needed to practice and hoped it would work out. “The team intends to plan work very hard and do well. The conditions are not that difficult over there and with our preparation, we can gel together and do well.”

While talking to the reporters, bowler Anwar Ali said: “Thank God I performed well in domestic and I look forward to play in Zimbabwe and solidifying my place in the team.”

“In domestic, I have been performing but I just haven't received as many chances. I have now been consistent in domestic cricket and in the last two or three years, I have improved my batting a lot as well. Thank God I am going with the team now, and I look forward to perform well,” he said.

To a query, he replied: “Yes, it's tough to find a place in our bowling unit because they are already performing so well. It is a tough task for me but I am preparing well and hope to make a place for myself in the team. I am very confident that I am going to get a chance and I won't disappoint my team management, captain, and nation.”

He said he wanted to improve his performance and turn himself into a proper all-rounder. “I realise that I can bat as well as bowl, and I want to perform as an all-rounder on this tour,” he concluded.