Pakistan v Australia 2012 August 29, 2012

Lower order not contributing - Misbah


Misbah-ul-Haq has raised concerns over Pakistan's batting woes as the team lost its last six wickets for 38 runs during the first ODI against Australia in Sharjah. Pakistan played seven batsmen followed by allrounder Shahid Afridi at No. 8 but a late collapse during the second batting Powerplay dashed Pakistan's hopes of achieving 230 on a sluggish pitch.

"Our lower order is not contributing," Misbah said. "Had anyone scored 30-40 in the lower order we would have scored much more. We are losing matches because we are not scoring runs in the lower order and that is why we had Shahid [Afridi] and Kamran."

Kamran, who made a comeback to the side after more than a year, scored four off 14 balls while Afridi edged his first ball to the slips. Afridi has been in poor form in ODIs recently - 0, 9, 0, 17 and 0* being his last five scores.

"We have experienced players in the lower order," Misbah said. "The only need is to bat the full 50 overs, because if we score 230-240, our bowling is so good that we can defend that."

"We struggled in our batting against England and then in Sri Lanka, and that is why we played seven batsmen but we couldn't score much," Misbah said after the match. "We were sure about the target today but we lost the way. We committed mistakes, mistakes we have been repeating in the last two or three series but we can't win matches if we continue to do that."

Misbah conceded that Pakistan were 30 runs short of a competitive total. Fast bowler Mitchell Starc was the chief destroyer as he accounted for well-set batsmen Asad Shafiq and Umar Akmal and then the big wickets of Kamran Akmal and Afridi.

He also gave full credit to Australia's batsmen for the way they handled Pakistan's spinners. The spinners had given Pakistan the upper hand as they reduced Australia to 121-5 at one stage - Saeed Ajmal taking 3-30 and Mohammad Hafeez, 2-29. But George Bailey (57) and Glenn Maxwell (38) added an invaluable 63 for the sixth wicket to all but close the match.

"We tried everything, kept attacking fields, but credit must be given to them," Misbah said. "The way Bailey and Glenn Maxwell batted, it showed maturity although they were playing [their] third or fourth match."

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent

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  • Sadia on August 31, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Pakistani team is all words, but no action. I reckon reading an article not too long ago, where one of them said we don't look too much in the past. Well if you don't learn from your mistakes in the past, how are you going to improve your future games?

    Pakistan team has been disappointing it's fans one series after another.

    Misbah needs to exit the team himself or perhaps pushed out.

  • atul on August 31, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    Strange to see Pakistan's 20-20 squad avg. age hovering near 30's. It was Pakistan who always blooded young players in to international cricket out of nowhere and then they made their presence felt.

    I am waiting to see that happen again. May be some under 19 players are given a look into.

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    I read some of the comments and it seems like Hafeez is a bowler not a batsman. Same with Afridi. All Pak need is two spinners one of them could be replaced by Ajmal easily. As far batsman are considered there is not a single batsman in Pakistan team period. All the batsmen should be replaced except Umar Akmal who sometimes scores.

    Bring back Imran Nazir and Abdur Razzaq. probably it would be slightly better.

    Best bowler and batsman r from U-19 must be given chance ahd should be groom for futuee, I really mean that, I guess Babar Azam performed well. Change Captain and coach right away. Ask Imran Khan to select team he has the keen eyes and no one else. Fire everyone from PCB. Get back Zulqurnain Hyder as wicket keepr bats man. Bring back the fast bowler from Jail and forgive his sins. Ask also Zaheer Abbas to find best batsman in Pakistan. This current Pakistani team do not pose threat to any team in the world.

  • Naseer on August 31, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Attack at all point with. 1) Imran Nazir, 2) Nasir Jamshed 3) Umar Akmal 4) Kamran Akmal 5) Shahid Afridi 6) Abdul Razzaq 7) Mohammad Hafeez 8) Anwar Ali 9) Saed Ajmal 10) Mohammad Asif 11) Mohammad Aamir

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    Misbhah is saying about lower order what he did himself in last three serires and also in his whole carrer no hundred yet in 104 games why he is blaiming there lower order yes i agree that lower order was collapsed but wat about his own performance ??and yes if you have a player like afridi use him as a batsman give him a chance in as opener they are miss use him from 16 years there is no particular position for him yet .my playing eleven is for 2nd ODI is nasir jamshed ,,Afridi Azhar ali,asad shafiq umarakmal.hafeez,misbah (only bcoz he is captain otherwise he has noplace in a Odi matches for sure)kamran akmal,ajmal junaid khan anwar ali

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2012, 0:28 GMT

    best team for pakistan will be nasir jamshed,kamran akhmal,umar akhmal asadshafiq or imran nazir,younis khan,misbah ul haq,shahid afridi,abdul razzaq,umar gul,saeed ajmal,sohail tanvir hope to see this team soon for t20 world cup

  • ghufran on August 30, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    I donnt kne y the dunnt make team according to pitch and game. Hafeez is not playing well as opener , if u want him to play as alllrounder put him lower down.Kamran akmal and nasir jamshed r good for opening. Azhar ali cannot play ODI.After 4 or 6 innings he score 50 or 70 runs, and even in that match pak dunnt dunnt need azhar ali.shoab malik is better option. Instead of aziz cheema , anwar ali is a good option, he also bat well. As Dubai grounds favor spinners , so abdur rehman should be included in team instead of sohail tanvir.

  • Altamash on August 30, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    Mr MISBAH...wat a JOKE...... Kindly re-Consider y Fitness level & Scores in last 10 GAMES... Thanks !

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 19:51 GMT

    @Anil Agrahari: Interesting. Can you please tell us who will win the t20 worldcup, since you're predicting things, or is it just the fun of taking potshots at our team? And no thankyou, yes Indians are awesome at batting, but we never needed to aspire to great heights in batting, Alhamdulillah thanks to our bowlers. Inzy, Yousuf and co. are enough as rolemodels.

  • Dummy4 on August 30, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Really Mr. Captain? Let us see how much did the upper order contributed to blame lower order for not contributing. Hafeez-4, Nasir Jamshed-23, Azhar Ali-5. And just how much did you contribute captain? 26!

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