Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 January 13, 2011

Batsmen have to capitalise on starts - Misbah

ESPNcricinfo staff
25

Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan Test captain, has said the team's 10-wicket win over New Zealand in Hamilton has given his side a lot of confidence and that they will be looking for another win in the second Test at Wellington, rather than seeking to protect their 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.

"Cricket is so fast nowadays that you rarely see a drawn Test match, unless the wicket is really flat," Misbah told PakPassion.net. "Our best policy for the upcoming match at Wellington will be to go for a win, rather than just consolidate our one-nil lead. I want my team to perform well, play good cricket and look to wrap up the series two-nil."

Misbah expects the Wellington pitch to be a sporting one that will lend itself to a result. With New Zealand obviously intent on evening the series, he says Pakistan will have to be careful not to let their advantage slip. "Our opponents, no doubt, will push us hard, as they will be going into the second Test on the back of a heavy defeat. They will be looking to level the series. We need to be wary of the fact that New Zealand will come hard at us. We will need to work even harder and ensure that we are even more focused in Wellington."

At the same time, Misbah also believes his side has room to improve. In the first Test, three batsmen made half-centuries, including Misbah, but were unable to convert them into big scores. "If you look at our batting in the first Test, a lot of us got starts and nobody went on to score a hundred," Misbah said. "What I would like to see is for our batsmen, myself included, to ensure that we make full use of our good starts, and ensure that we bat for long periods. If a similar situation to Hamilton presents itself, we should ensure that we earn a bigger lead than 92. I really want our batsmen to make sure that the good starts are not wasted."

Pakistan have cycled through four Test captains over the last 12 months, including Misbah, who was surprisingly recalled to lead the side for the South Africa series in the UAE, but he appears to have brought a level of stability to the team in the midst of the spot-fixing crisis. "Credit to all of the team for the fantastic way in which they have responded to me. I am hardly having to say anything to the side and everybody knows their role in the team. I'm seeing a great degree of professionalism and responsibility from all of the players, which is fantastic, and makes my job a lot easier. I'm seeing the right response from the players at the right time."

Misbah is particularly pleased with how the younger members of the squad have responded to the challenge of coming together and performing. "It is very important for senior and experienced players like myself to set a good example for the youngsters. However, it makes my life so much easier and it's very satisfying when I am given such a responsible and committed group. It is also heartening to listen to inputs from the younger boys in the squad in group discussions, and they deserve credit for the responsibility and application they are showing."

He also expressed his support for the Umpire Decision Referral System (UDRS), saying it should be used all over the world rather than being selectively implemented, as it is now. "I think the UDRS should be made compulsory in all international cricket, as I feel it's of help to the umpires as well as to the cricketers."

The second Test match against New Zealand starts in Wellington on Saturday. The Test will be followed by six ODIs.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • dummy4fb on January 14, 2011, 21:24 GMT

    Our team definitely looks cool, calm and collected under Misbah's captaincy. So far, he has been a good captain. Go Pakistan!

  • Bukhari5555 on January 14, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    Well said Noman n Aamir----Sum ppl need to ead those stats. Pak will be cgoing up fom this series win.

  • MBilalS_UAE on January 14, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Misbah is doing good job and is becoming one of the finest pak captain... so for he has captaining pak in 5 matches (3 tests, 1 ODI n 1 T20), he has lost 0, draw 2 , won 3 matches...Great.

  • salmankhan1234 on January 14, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @Sehwagologist. Here is a statics between PakvsIndia. pak has won 6 series and India 5 in test. Odi India don't even comes close to Pakistan in win. they will have 100 sachins to born to level odi matches because Sachins runs doesn't comes against great bowlers like Pakistan has. odi Inzamam has more runs against India than Sachin has against pakistan and his ave is less than 40. even Saeed anwar has 43 ave against India. And forget about Odi lets talk like you said classy test match. Our part time test cricket who don't care about test Shahid afridi, his ave is 47 against India in just 8 matches, total runs 709. Sachin scored only 1057 runs against pakistan ave 43. And what do you call 50 centuries in test and guess what how many came against pakistan only 4. That's why India doesn't wanna play to Pakistan. go check it out yourself. I am not making that up. it's a fact.

  • asadkum on January 14, 2011, 14:41 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................................... All the best to the Pak team !!!!!!!!!!!! Yeah !! positive attitude and team spirit plays a vital role in winning ............... Wants to see centuries from Pak batsman as well !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • U.A.1985 on January 14, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    Very nicely put by Noman. A good reply to Sehwagologist. I second Noman here and strongly believe that team will get beter and better. Go Pak for 2-0

  • amir-test-cricket on January 14, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @ Sehwagologist ... in 1992 india beat S.A in an Odi played on south african soil . SINCE THAN ITS BEEN 19 YEARS AND TEAM INDIA HAD BEATEN S.A IN JUST ONE ODI PLAYED BETWEEN TWO TEAMS IN S.A ... and i think sachin is part of all indian teams in last 19 years .. so is dravid ganguly THE GREAT "SEHWAG" ... IMRPOVE YOUR OWN STATS BEFORE COMMENTING ON PAKISTAN . AND YES .. THAN THERE IS ALSO SOME STATS BETWEEN ALL ODIS AND TEST PLAYED BETWEEN PAKISTAN AND INDIA .. I THINK I NEED NOT MENTION THEM :) ...

  • NomanAhmad on January 14, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Pakistan's last series victory was not against England. It was against WI. This was the same year, when Yousuf went on to make record number of 100s and runs in a calendar year.

    During 2006 Pakistan had also reached #2 test ratings, after beating England, India and Sri Lanka in consecutive series.

    2008 and 2009 were terrible years for Pak cricket and for variety of reasons. Of all the test teams in the ICC rating system, Pakistan played the least amount of games during those years and as the 2005-2006 results were given less and less weighting in the official rankings, their position hit bottom. From now on, whatever happens, Pakistan team will gain rating points and by August will go even better, once the dismal 2009 records are given a lower weight (rating updates that happen every August)

    Besides the ratings, Pakistan is a team which still consistently blow through a test opponents for paltry totals, and that almost always makes their games hugely entertaining.

    Go Pak for 2-0

  • Faizan-Ul-Haq-Fareedi on January 14, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    Why I Looking Misbah as a Caption of World Cup 2011...

  • CharlieAlanJakeHarperFamily on January 14, 2011, 5:50 GMT

    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME PAKISTAN WON A TEST SERIES WELL 5 YEARS AGO AGAINST ENGLAND AND LAST BACK TO BACK TEST WINS CAME AGAINST BANGLADESH IN 2003 ,8 YEARS AGO WELL THATS SUMS UP THE STATE OF PAKISTAN WHO ONLY WAS ODIS AND T20S RATHER THAN CLASSIC CRICKET AFRIDI,AKMALS,RAZZAQ U NAME IT ALL HOICKERS AND SLOGGERS EXCEPT MISBAH AND YOUNIS ALL ARE GULLY CRICKET PLAYERS THAT U SEE IN STREETS IN PLENTY

  • No featured comments at the moment.