Misbahul Haq ready to face ‘inexperienced’ Australia

Pakistan Test captains vows to lead the team until needed


Sports Desk November 30, 2016
Misbahul Haq says team Australia is just a shadow of its past. PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan Test captain Misbahul Haq on Wednesday said that the current Australia team is just a shadow of its past and they will be looking to exploit their inexperience.

The 42-year-old was talking to media in Lahore when he said: “We will take the tour of Australia as a challenge. The current Australian team is not the same as it was in the past. We will try take to exploit their inexperience.”

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Misbah, who was unable to lead Pakistan in the second Test against New Zealand which stand-in captain Azhar Ali’s side lost by 138 runs, said Australia will be a relatively better place for his side to play in.

“It is not impossible to stand up after defeats,” said Misbah. “First goal in Australia will be to regain confidence. Also, Australian conditions are relatively easier to the ones in New Zealand.”

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The most successful Test captain for Pakistan once again did not give a specific date or time for his retirement.

“There is no such plan that if the Australia tour goes well then I will continue, otherwise not,” said Misbah. “I will be there for the team until it needs me.”

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Pakistan will be facing Australia from December 15 in first a day-night and then two regular Test matches. The five-day affairs will be followed by five ODIs.

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