ibnlive » Cricketnext

Misbah credits England after one-day def

AFP
Feb 20, 2012 at 01:10pm IST

Dubai: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq heaped praise on England for their superb comeback to clinch the one-day series after being routed in the preceding Tests, saying they showed character and discipline.

England thumped Pakistan by nine wickets in the third match here on Saturday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead, leaving the fourth and final match on Tuesday as inconsequential.

Misbah, who lost his first one-day series as captain after four wins, said England were the better side.

Misbah credits England after one-day defeat

England have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead in the four-match ODI series against Pakistan.

"It's not a nice feeling to lose. We need to give credit to England for the way they have come back after defeat in Tests. I feel they have played much better cricket than us and were very disciplined," Misbah said.

Steven Finn with 3-24 and Stuart Broad 3-42 helped England restrict Pakistan to 222 despite aggressive half-centuries from Shahid Afridi and Umar Akmal.

England then chased down the target in 37.2 overs with Kevin Pietersen ending his 36 innings century drought with an unbeaten 111 and Alastair Cook scoring 80 - narrowly missing a third consecutive hundred in successive matches.

Misbah said England attained the world number one ranking in Tests through consistent performance.

"We expected they will come back any time and they showed they learnt from their mistakes in Tests."

"I feel the fact that we are playing away from home can be a factor. Sometime you feel home sickness. It is not that I'm giving an excuse on this matter but it happens when you are not playing at home," Misbah said.

Latest

More from this section

PREVIOUS  We're not taking India lightly: Mahela

NEXT  Ponting's axing is beginning of an end