“It was always going to be difficult to fight back after what happened in Manchester but the players’ commitment and belief was outstanding. We have the belief that we can come back in the final Test and it’s so important to us that Pakistan supporters back home and around the world share that belief with us,” Misbah wrote in his column for the Pakistan Cricket Board web site.
Pakistan recovered from 158 for six to 236 all out after which had England reeling at 110 for 4 when the rain-affected match ended. Just a bit of over 143 overs of play was attainable because of unhealthy gentle and thunderstorms.
“It was one other courageous choice to bat first within the second Test given the situations however all people took on the problem. Overall I’m actually proud of the way in which the group batted. Everybody simply tried to hold in and rating runs.
“The partnerships involving Abid Ali, Azhar Ali and Babar Azam on the prime of the order had been actually pleasing and inspiring, in testing situations,” wrote Pakistan’s most profitable Test captain.
Misbah opined the bowlers’ efficiency in England’s brief first innings would give his aspect the required momentum going within the third Test, which is able to start right here on Friday.
“We anticipated the pitch to deteriorate in the direction of the tip of the match and it did. Even with simply a few hours of solar on the finish of the match, Yasir Shah was capable of problem the England batsmen,” he mentioned.
“The seamers additionally bowled rather well and I used to be actually proud of the way in which we completed the match. That final session, whilst the sport drifted in the direction of a draw, offers us quite a lot of confidence going into the final Test.”
Misbah praised wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan’s gutsy and combating 72 that got here off 222 balls and included seven fours. According to Misbah, health was one of many key elements behind Rizwan’s efficiency.
“Rizwan fought actually onerous in order that we, no less than, had an honest rating to place a bit of little bit of strain on England. He confirmed glimpses within the first Test, when his wicketkeeping was additionally fantastic, and towards Australia in Brisbane final November.
“Rizwan has great game awareness and we’re really happy with the way he’s performing. It’s important that players, especially the new ones, show they can perform under pressure and his innings in Southampton will give him a lot of confidence,” he mentioned.
On the continued debate about unhealthy gentle and potential use of the pink ball, Misbah wrote: “There has been quite a lot of dialogue about the way in which unhealthy gentle affected this Test.
“In these uncommon circumstances, there’s room to debate these points however the pink ball could be very totally different to the crimson ball and I’m undecided that utilizing it for an entire match – in daylight – is a good suggestion.
“I think most people prefer to see Test cricket played in the conventional way, which means with a red ball – that’s the beauty of the game.”
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