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Grant Flower backs Misbah-ul-Haq to bounce back hard

Misbah ul Haq had a poor series of New Zealand and Australia until now
Misbah ul Haq had a poor series of New Zealand and Australia until now

Pakistan batting coach Grant Flower insisted that skipper Misbah-ul-Haq is not concerned about his low run of scores in the recent games and is backing the veteran to make an impact in the remaining two Tests against Australia.

Ever since his fifty against West Indies in Sharjah, Misbah has manged scores of 4, 31, 13, 20, 0, 4, 5 including the warm up games against New Zealand A and Cricket Australia XI and in the last five Tests, he averages just 11.40.

Misbah, already on 42, said he will decide on his future after the Test series against Australia raising concerns about his retirement from the game.

However, Flower stated that Misbah is too experienced to let these things affect him.

"He doesn’t seem worried," said Flower.

"He is always mentally strong and relaxed.

"He has got a lot of experience. He is just going through a bit of a trot but he’s been through these periods before and he’s a class player.

"He has got the mental strength and resilience to come back and I’m sure a good innings is just round the corner."

The form of Younis Khan was also debatable as he headed into the first Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Similar, to Misbah, Khan also struggled in New Zealand and was dismissed for a duck in the first innings of the Brisbane game but he showed great determination notching 65 runs before an unconventional reverse sweep attempt ended his stay.

Flower said the shot of Khan in the second innings was unwarranted but was happy with the form shown by the 39-year-old in the second innings and believes he can make it big in the remaining two games.

"He did look a lot better (in that innings),” he said.

"Obviously the shot he got out to – at that stage what wasn’t the best.

"As a coach if you applaud guys when they play certain shots, then you’ve got to be careful how you go about it when they get out playing the same shot.

"He hits really well down the ground so maybe the better option was coming down the wicket and maybe taking him on there as opposed to the reverse.

"Having said that, he scores quite a few runs with the reverse sweep. You’ve got to find the balance regarding how you go about things."

The second Test of the series will be played in Melbourne on 26th December with Australia having a 1-0 lead following their 39-run win in Brisbane.

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