Dubai, Feb-22: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq said his side is distracted to redress the balance in a Twenty20 Series international next to England on Thursday after a one-day series whitewash by the tourist.
Pakistan were on Tuesday routed 4-0 by England, who showed a big development from their 3-0 defeat in the preceding 3-Test series.Misbah wants his side to regain the upper hand, but also wants to use the match as a step stone towards the World T20 series later on this year.
This is a very important series for us, more so as we won the Tests, they won the ODIs and now it's roughly the decider," said Misbah Pakistan.And if you think that this is World T20 year, it's very main for us to come back. England will defend the title they won in the West Indies in 2010 when Sri Lanka hosts the fourth edition of the World Twenty20.
I think we need to learn from England on how they changed their fortunes in ODIs, and I am secure that my boys can do that, added Misbah.I don't think we were dispirited, because the team wants a win desperately and that's why we were like that. Every person was tiresome to give one hundred percent and when it slip out of your hand it seem you are disjointed.
Pakistan will ring some changes, with experience batsman Younis Khan and Azhar Ali returning home while dashing uncapped left-handed opener Awaits Zia joins the Twenty20 squad. England have retained Cook, originally not named in the Twenty20 squad, after he show great form in scoring back-to-back 100th in the 1st two one-day matches.
England paceman Stuart Broad for now said his side would be using every chance possible to help prepare them for the deference of their World T20 title. Of course, we need to make use of all game we have because there isn't many chief to the World T20. And that being in the sub-continent we need to truly make use of these conditions, said Broad.
We are not looking to these matches as a warm-up, we are look to win this series and that is what we will be focus on, added Broad. Cookie is keen to play T20 cricket. He has completed that pretty clear. He has been kept on in the squad because visibly we have got some injury concerns in the squad," said Broad of Cook, retained as cover-up for injured Ravi Bopara.
1Thu, 23 Feb 2012 09:30 PM IST-PAK vs. ENG Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai
2Sat, 25 Feb 2012 09:30 PM IST PAK vs. ENG Dubai Sports City Cricket Stadium, Dubai
3Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:30 PM IST PAK vs. ENG Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi