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Pakistan confident and determined ahead of Melbourne Test - Misbah

Pakistan confident and determined ahead of Melbourne Test - Misbah
Misbah ul Haq is confident of Pakistan's chances in the second Test against Australia
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Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said the team is upbeat ahead of the second Test against Australia which begins in Melbourne on Monday.

The first innings of the Brisbane Test saw Pakistan collapse for 142 but they showed a lot of resilience in the second innings where they almost pulled out a record chase.

In pursuit of their chase of 490, the visitors posted 450 riding on a century from Asad Shafiq along with support from Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah.

Australian skipper Steven Smith admitted that his team was pushed in the final innings and Misbah revealed that the mood in the camp is extremely good ahead of the second game.

"The guys are relaxed and confident that they can perform well here," Misbah told reporters at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Sunday.

"You can see that everybody's spending a lot of time in the nets, working on the basics. They won't leave anything behind before we get into the second test match.

"That's a good sign that we are confident but at the same time, we're focused and determined. I'm comfortable with the position we're in at the moment as individuals and as a team."

Australia have retained the same XI for the second game which means Nic Maddinson, who struggled in his first two games will get another opportunity at the expense of uncapped all-rounder Hilton Cartwright. However, Misbah refused to discount the New South Wales batsman.

"He's quite young at international level but they're believing in him," Misbah said.

"You can't just write someone off. That person can really hit you. I think everyone who is in the Australian team is capable enough to perform at international level so we have to give respect to every player."

Misbah also confirmed that left-arm-pacer Mohammad Amir has successfully recovered from a knee injury and is fit to go.

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