Butt keeps 'knocking very hard' on the selectors' doors

Making a national comeback has been Salman Butt's most difficult quest since being suspended for five years after an ICC tribunal had found him guilty of spot-fixing in the 2010 Lord's Test.

Having returned to first-class cricket in 2016, after completing a rehabilitation programme chalked up by the PCB, Butt struck his third century of the season - 125 off 234 balls, including 18 boundaries - to give WAPDA the first-innings advantage after Mohammad Asif's four-wicket haul dismissed Habib Bank Limited for 236 in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy final in Karachi.

Butt, who has made 505 runs in six Test matches in Australia, including two hundreds, at an average of 42.08, urged Pakistan to be strong on the back foot in challenging conditions down under.

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