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08th-Jan-2017

Misbah urges Pakistan to send talent to play in Australia

By AFP, Sydney


Captain Misbah-ul-Haq says Pakistan will not end their touring misery in Australia until they can adapt to the unique playing conditions Down Under.
Pakistan succumbed to a 220-run defeat to Steve Smith's Australians in the third Sydney Test on Saturday to lose their last four series in Australia 3-0.
It was Pakistan's 12th straight Test defeat since their last Test win in Australia in Sydney 22 years ago.
Misbah, who at 42 is the oldest current Test cricketer and who will consider his playing future upon his return home, has suggested that Pakistan send some of their rising young stars to play in Australia to familiarise themselves with the conditions.
"I think it's important for us to get experience of these of these conditions and if we are not touring more often in Australia and South Africa, that could happen again and again," Misbah told reporters.
"I've already suggested that some of our players should be sent to Australia on a regular basis to play games here to get used to these conditions at an early stage.
"Some of the guys who might be in line to come here for a series in two or three years should be sent to Australia and South Africa for two or three months to play state games or whatever.
Among the differences in conditions are the bounce in the faster wickets in Australia, and more moisture, compared to slower pitches in India and elsewhere in Asia which are more conducive to spin.
"This is the only way we can improve. Whether it's a bowling unit or batting unit, we're going to struggle. These conditions are completely different to any others," Misbah added.