22 Dec 2009

Younus back in contention for Pakistan one day side

7:23 am on 22 December 2009

Former Pakistan captain Younus Khan has returned to first-class cricket after a month-long absence, raising hopes for a swift international comeback by the big-hitting batsman.

The 32-year-old was featuring in the five-day final of Pakistan's premier domestic tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

Younus pulled out of Pakistan's New Zealand tour in November citing poor form, saying he needed a break from international cricket.

He last took the field in the third and final one-dayer against New Zealand at Abu Dhabi early last month.

Younus, who hit a triple century against Sri Lanka in February, managed just 22 runs against the Blackcaps and Pakistan lost 2-1.

Younus also stepped down as captain, arguing he had "lost command" of the side, and was not considered for the current tour of Australia.

Chief selector Iqbal Qasim last week said Younus would be considered for the five-match one-day series against Australia next month.

The series will follow three Tests starting in Melbourne on Boxing Day.