Misbah says Pakistan must move on from Old Trafford defeat
Misbah praised opener Shan Masood, who scored 156 in the first innings
Pakistan cannot dwell on their defeat by England in the first Test at Old Trafford as it would make it tougher for them to respond in the next two matches, coach Misbah-ul-Haq has said.
England sealed an unlikely three-wicket victory on Saturday after slumping to 117-5 at one point in their pursuit of 277, as Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler shared a sixth-wicket partnership of 139 runs to turn the tide.
"It was a thrilling Test match and full credit must go to England for the way they fought back, came from behind and took the game away from us," Misbah wrote in his column on the Pakistan Cricket Board's website https://www.pcb.com.pk/press-release-detail/frustrated-and-disappointed-but-we-shouldn-t-be-mentally-down.html.
"There is disappointment, of course, but we must not keep that feeling in our minds otherwise it will be difficult to come back... the team believes we can fight back.
"Sometimes luck doesn't favour you, sometimes the opposition plays well - that's the beauty of the game."
Misbah praised opener Shan Masood, who scored 156 in the first innings, as well as pacemen Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah who picked up two wickets each.
"It was a brave decision to bat first against England's bowling attack in those conditions," the 46-year-old said.
"Shan Masood batted really well and... should be given a lot of credit for his innings. He's been working so hard... he's changed a few things in his setup. He's a different batsman.
"The bowling was also excellent. It's a young seam attack, apart from Mohammad Abbas, and both Shaheen Afridi and Naseem Shah did really well."
The second Test of the three-match series will begin on Thursday at the Rose Bowl in Southampton.
The California-born Hoppe joined Schalke in 2019 from the Barca... READ MORE
The Covid-19 outbreak at Derby meant nine of the starting 11 were... READ MORE
Gasanova will try to keep her breakthrough run going when she faces... READ MORE
The 22-year-old Swiss left his former team one year before the... READ MORE
Dr Nawal noted that mutations are common in SARS-CoV-2 — an RNA ... READ MORE
The UAE's vaccine administration rates are just second behind Israel... READ MORE
Experts studying the data from clinical trials say volunteers who had ... READ MORE
More than 23 million tests have been carried out across the country... READ MORE