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Not thinking of a 3-0 win against England - Misbah-ul-Haq

Not thinking of a 3-0 win against England - Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq asserted that recreating the 3-0 victory in 2012 against England was not on Pakistan's agenda when the two sides meet again in the United Arab Emirates in October.
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Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq asserted that recreating the 3-0 victory in 2012 against England was not on their agenda when the two sides meet again in the United Arab Emirates in October.

England and Pakistan are currently scheduled to face off in the UAE for a three match Test series apart from four One-Day Internationals and three Twenty20 Internationals.

Misbah emphasised on the importance of achieving their targets session by session if they are to win the Test series against England.

“We have to take it match by match, session by session and once you win sessions you go towards the bigger goals.

“We are not thinking of 3-0, England is a top team and we have to play well and think how to tackle them.”

England have recently beaten Australia 3-2 in the 2015 Ashes campaign, thereby regaining the urn they lost down under in 2013-14.

Admitting that England have improved since 2012, Misbah is counting on their lack of experience in the UAE conditions to work in Pakistan’s favour.

“This English team has done well in the Ashes.

“But they do not have experience of UAE conditions and that will be a big challenge for them.”

In the 2012 campaign between the two teams, Saeed Ajmal was a standout performer accounting for 24 England wickets.

Abdur Rehman also troubled the England batsmen, picking up 19 wickets from three games, at an average of 16.73.

However Pakistan now lack both Ajmal and Rehman in their squad, but they have the duo of Yasir Shah and Zulfiqar Babar.

Shah has been a terrific performer in recent times for Pakistan, accounting for 61 wickets from 10 Tests at an average of 24.81.

Babar on the other hand has also been very consistent with 42 wickets from 10 games, coming at an average of 37.40.

Misbah feels that Pakistan does not miss Ajmal’s exploits with the ball as the duo of Shah and Babar have performed superlatively.

“Shah and Babar are doing extraordinarily well and that’s a big plus, so they haven’t made us feel anyone’s absence.” 

Having retired from limited overs cricket, Misbah had earlier expressed his desire to sign off from the Test format with a series against India.

With the India-Pakistan cross border tensions pushing their cricket relations into jeopardy, Misbah is unsure of when he will bid goodbye to international cricket.

“I haven’t taken a final decision,” said Misbah.

“People remember your final performance.”

Pakistan begin their campaign against England with the first Test match which gets underway on 13th October in Abu Dhabi.

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