Misbah lauds victorious Pakistan

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Misbah ul-Haq

Misbah ul-Haq was left delighted after seeing Pakistan secure a 3-0 whitewash over England. "This victory means a lot," he said afterwards

Captain Misbah ul-Haq reflected on a “wonderful performance” after Pakistan sealed a 3-0 whitewash over England courtesy of a 71-run victory in Dubai.

Having been bowled out for just 99 on the first day, the designated hosts’ hopes of following up their wins in the first and second Tests looked slim.

However, spin twins Abdur Rehman and Saeed Ajmal helped dismiss England for 141 before Younus Khan and Azhar Ali put Pakistan in command.

Those performances were followed up impressively as the tourists were dismissed for 252 in pursuit of 324.

At the post-match presentation, Misbah said: “I think it was a wonderful performance by the team and I just can’t explain this in words.

“This victory means a lot to us. After getting out on 99, I think nobody thought that you can come back in this game, but that’s what this Pakistan team has been doing for a year and a half.”

During that period, Pakistan have catapulted themselves back towards the top echelon of the world game in the five-day format – something Misbah attributes to their new-found discipline.

“That (discipline) is the key for especially Test cricket,” he added.

“You have to get your discipline right. That’s what we have discussed in the team and that’s what we are practising for the last few months.”

Misbah is already targeting more success and revealed improving performances outside of Asia is top of the agenda.

He admitted: “We have to learn more things, we have to learn to play outside Asia, we have to work on our batting and improve our fast bowling also.

“They are a few areas we have to take serious action on, but I think this team can.”

Pakistan’s victory came about under the watchful eye of interim coach Mohsin Khan, whose future is uncertain.

“I think he did a wonderful job,” said Misbah.

“I think we love the way we performed with him and we proved a good team.”

Azhar, who picked up the man-of-the-match award for his second-innings 157, revelled in Pakistan's achievement.

“I’m loving playing with my team,” he said. “It’s a great unit and an honour to be playing with them.

“It’s a great effort from all of us and a great achievement.”

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