Monday, September 5, 2011

Most Successful Test Year Since 2006

Pakistan has won their 3rd test this year by a comprehensive margin. The last time they won 3 tests in a year was in 2006. Seems ages back. Turning out to be a good year for Pakistan test side. May they keep it up against Sri Lanka next month. They have only lost 1 out of their last 6 test series & won 2 test series this year outside Asia. Things are shaping up nicely for Misbah Ul Haq who remains with an undefeated test series record as leader after 4 series captaining the nation in the whites. He has won 2 test series and drawn 2. Only lost 1 in 7 tests as captain and that too by a narrow margin.

He took over captaincy when Pakistan’s test status was being questioned after the spot fixing scandal and they were downplayed as a test side with all the poor results. He has got the results, made record breaking performances with the bat & kept the camp well focussed and trouble free. Imran Khan also rates and backs him as one of the best players and presences in the team after the 2007 WC debacle.

First time since 2005 that Pakistan have won back to back tests.

After 7 tests as captain Misbah averages 88.

Big season ahead in the UAE to follow.

Pakistan have won 3/5 tests this year with victory margins as large as 10 wickets, 196 runs and now by 7 wickets today even after conceding 412 and inserting the home side into bat on a flat bed.

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