Misbah blames ‘lack of exposure’ for whitewash

Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq believes only more regular exposure to Australian conditions is the way forward for Pakistan if they wish to improve on their dismal record in Australia.

Australia’s 220-run victory in Sydney secured yet another clean sweep against visitors, making it four in a row dating back to 1999.

Pakistan came to Australia – almost after seven years – with a hope of becoming the first Asian side to beat Australia in home conditions – Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh have done 28 tours to Australia combined and none has ever managed to win any of them.

Misbah said PCB should consider sending some young players to Australian academies to gain experience.

 “I think it is important for us to get the experience of these conditions,” he said. “If you are not touring more often in Australia or South Africa, that [result] could happen again and again. It’s important for us.

“I’ve already suggested that some of our players should be sent on a regular basis here to Australia, in their academies, just to play games here, to practice in these sort of conditions in the early stages of their career. Some of the guys who are in line, who might be in the team in the next two or three years, should be sent on a regular basis for two to three months, to play some state games or whatever. This is the only way we can improve. Otherwise, if you are coming here after four, five, six years, half of your team are touring for the first time, and whether it’s the bowling unit or batting, we’re going to struggle.”

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Pakistan’s under-fire leader also added that the final day capitulation in Melbourne, where Pakistan needed to bat out 70 overs to secure a draw and force a series decider in Sydney, left his side with no way back in this series.

“After the first Test we were confident and the way we batted in the second innings. Overall we started very well at the MCG,” Misbah told reporters in Sydney. “But I think the last day of the MCG was the biggest disappointment of the tour and we could not recover from that.

“There are a lot of positives in the batting. Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan and Sarfraz, they played well here, scored some runs.

“Some of our tailenders also scored some runs so in the future that will be helpful for them in their careers.”

The 42-year-old, who contemplated calling it a day after Melbourne debacle, said he would reassess his playing future in the upcoming days.

“There is a fair bit of time,” the 72-Test veteran said.

“There is one month of this ODI series and then there is the Pakistan Super League.

“So I think there is time to sit down easily and think about whatever decision I am going to make.”

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