Wahab: 'Azhar unfazed by 'boring' tag'

"Everyone has his own opinion, which could be right or wrong," Wahab said. "Azhar has never taken offence over such comments. He knows what he is capable of and what are his skills.

Azhar Ali - cropped

Azhar Ali's 12th Test century came up off 218 balls, including seven boundaries, and he hit five more fours before the close.

Wahab Riaz said Azhar Ali is unconcerned by criticism regarding his scoring rate after the Pakistan batsman made an excellent century against Australia at the MCG on Tuesday.

Azhar, resuming on 66 not out, had reached 139 before another rain-affected day was called to a close with the tourists 310-6 batting first. The opener's 12th Test century came up off 218 balls, including seven boundaries, and he hit five more fours before the close.

Azhar's strike rate - 41.50 across 55 Tests before the Boxing Day clash - has attracted negative comments in the past, but Wahab said his team-mate is not affected.

"Everyone has his own opinion, which could be right or wrong," Wahab said. "Azhar has never taken offence over such comments. He knows what he is capable of and what are his skills.

"He has his own areas where he scores runs. If you look at his strike-rate it is not that slow. So I think we should not bother about what people say. They have their own opinion. Azhar knows where he is good at, how he needs to score runs.

"Azhar is showing himself as one of the best batsmen Pakistan had. The way he has maintained an average of 46 in the last five years it shows he has scored consistently for Pakistan throughout his career.

"I wish that he scores more runs and Pakistan continue to benefit from him. He is very determined and focused and always wants to deliver for Pakistan. That's why his hard work is paying off."