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Misbah not thinking about retirement heading into Sydney Test

Misbah ul Haq says his current focus is only on the Sydney Test
Misbah ul Haq says his current focus is only on the Sydney Test
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has made it clear that retirement will not be in his mind when his team will take on Australia in the third and final Test in Sydney.

Following Pakistan's innings defeat to Australia in Melbourne, Misbah said he is considering retirement and might not even play the final Test in Sydney.

This was also Pakistan's second consecutive series defeat after they were whitewashed 0-2 by Black Caps and Misbah's scores of 31, 13, 4, 5, 11 and 0 in New Zealand and Australia did not go well with the veteran.

However, just a day after Pakistan team management confirmed that Misbah will be captaining the team in the Sydney game, the 42-year-old said his entire focus is currently on winning the third Test.

"That was 2016, (it’s) gone. Now it’s 2017,” Misbah said.

"Right now retirement is completely out of my mind.

"If I do think about that then this match here will be very difficult to play.

"We have to think of this match as the first match of the series and that it is the final also.

"I have forgotten the last 4-5 Tests we’ve had and now we’re totally focused on this."

Misbah further added that his comments on retirement after the Melbourne Test was a result of frustration on losing the series.

"I have no doubt in my mind at the moment in terms of whatever I said in that press conference (at the MCG). That was you could say, frustration and disappointment,” he said.

"If you look at the inner side, neither the players, nor coaching staff and nor me have any doubts about all this.

"Everybody believed, whoever talked me, that still I have to play. I think that is why I am here. I want (to play) this match like a normal Test match.

"I don’t want to think this will be the last, this and that, no ifs and buts. I am focused and obviously looking forward to leading the team."

The third Test in Sydney will kick off on Tuesday after which both the teams will feature in a five-match One-Day International series.

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