England vs Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq has no qualms over Pakistan’s fitness for third Test against England | Cricket News – Times of India


SOUTHAMPTON: Pakistan coach Misbah-ul-Haq is assured his facet’s health ranges will maintain up once they face England within the third and ultimate Check at Southampton beginning on Friday.
A season reshaped by the coronavirus pandemic has left Pakistan with a programme of three Exams in as many weeks.
What might have been a very gruelling schedule turned much less arduous because of a lot time being misplaced to rain and unhealthy gentle throughout he drawn second Check, additionally at Southampton, concluded Monday.
However Misbah, who as a 42-year-old captain of Pakistan celebrated scoring 100 towards England at Lord’s in 2016 with a spherical of press-ups, has lengthy been satisfied of the necessity for his gamers to be in form.
“Health has been an vital a part of our technique as a group since I took on the function of head coach final September and we’ve got seen the advantages within the two Exams thus far,” Misbah wrote in a column for the Pakistan Cricket Board’s web site.
“The gamers have taken possession of their health ranges and they need to be given credit score for that, particularly after three months at dwelling in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.
“They know having supreme health will assist them to carry out underneath stress.”
Pakistan go into the sequence finale 1-Zero down after a three-wicket defeat within the first Check at Outdated Trafford.
However that loss noticed Shan Masood present loads of endurance throughout a Check-best 156 whereas wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan, spectacular behind the stumps in Manchester, was named man-of-the-match within the second Check for a decided 72.
“Mohammad Rizwan is a good instance of that (health) in the best way he ran between the wickets and batted with the tail,” defined Misbah.
“Shan Masood additionally confirmed it within the first Check, batting for nearly eight hours, and operating rather well with Shadab Khan. The best way they stole fast singles is one thing that you do not see a lot in Check cricket and positively not from a Pakistan group.”
The second day of the second Check was additionally Pakistan’s Independence Day, which has beforehand coincided with some notable moments within the nation’s cricket historical past.
“It’s all the time a particular second to have fun Independence Day throughout a Check match and Pakistan has some nice recollections from earlier such events in England: our first-ever Check win in England in 1954 got here simply after Independence Day, as did the well-known win at Lord’s in 1982 and, from a private viewpoint, our victory on the Oval in 2016 after we levelled the sequence on 14 August itself,” recalled Misbah.
Sadly for Pakistan, the climate in Southampton meant the present facet couldn’t add to these successes, though Misbah stated: “Hopefully we will ship a late present to the nation within the ultimate Check and announce one other Independence Day! Or, as coach, I can simply announce that that is the month of Independence.”


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