Pakistan have lost confidence as a batting unit, and need "one or two good innings" to recover it, their captain Misbah-ul-Haq has said. Chasing 256 in the first ODI against Australia in Sharjah on Tuesday, Pakistan were bowled out for 162 in under 37 overs. In the one-off T20 before that, Pakistan had lost nine wickets in scoring 96 in their 20 overs.
"I think sometimes you just lose confidence, and at the moment that's what is happening with our team," Misbah said, during the post-match press conference. "We need one or two good innings to just get back on track. At the moment it's really not coming from anyone. We're looking forward and thinking positive that somebody just comes and stands up and plays a really good innings, just to get back on track."
Misbah himself has been in a rut of form, with just one half-century in his last 12 international innings. He acknowledged his need to lead by example.
"Yeah, obviously, when you're playing for your country and you're playing as a batsman and as a captain, you have to really lead your team by your performances and obviously, it's a big responsibility on my shoulders," he said. "I've been trying but sometimes it doesn't work for you and at the moment it's like that, but still I have to think positively and I have to go out there and work hard and try to just get out of this."