Mohammad Abbas has become the latest player to join the Nottinghamshire ranks ahead of the 2020 season, signing up as an overseas player for nine County Championship matches.

The 29-year-old has built an enviable reputation in English domestic cricket, while his numbers on the global stage also bear comparison with the game's current leading lights.

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66 - Test wickets at 20.37

Since Abbas made his Test debut in April 2017, he has compiled a record that few of his contemporaries can match.

His average of 20.37 is fourth-best of all who have played at least 15 Tests in that time, while his misely economy rate of 2.51 is third-best of all wicket-taking bowlers over the same period.

Meanwhile, his four five-wicket hauls at the highest level is bettered only by Messrs Lyon, Anderson, Holder and Starc since the right-hander first appeared in the game's most prestigious format.

447 - First-Class wickets at 20.89

Abbas has enjoyed a prolific First-Class career both in England and the subcontinent.

He topped the wicket-taking charts in his native Pakistan in both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, taking 61 and 71 wickets respectively.

And his form translated into a productive two-year stint with Leicestershire, in which he snared 79 victims at 20.67.

34 - five-wicket hauls

When Abbas gets amongst the wickets, he has a tendency to stamp his authority on the contest.

His 34 five-wicket hauls include five on English soil for Leicestershire, in addition to those four in just 15 Tests.

Meanwhile, Abbas has also taken ten wickets in a match on ten occasions – including figures of 10-95 as his side trounced Australia by 373 runs last October.

8/46 - best First-Class figures

Abbas’ eight-wicket haul came in 22.3 overs as he helped KRL to skittle Karachi Whites for 156 in Pakistan’s national First-Class championship.

The right-armer proved no less potent in the Karachi’s second innings, taking 6-47 to finish with 14-93 in the match.


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