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Credit goes to Misbah's sensible leadership: Miandad

February 07, 2012 15:01 IST

Pakistan batting great Javed Miandad, on Tuesday, credited Misbah-ul-Haq's sensible leadership for the team's historic 3-0 Test series whitewash of England.

"If you ask me, one main factor that gave us a historic sweep of the series I would say it was the captaincy of Misbah. He is a very mature leader and led the side coolly and sensibly. You can see the team is playing like a unit under him," Miandad said.

Misbah-ul-HaqPakistan became the first team in 100 years to be bowled out for just 99 runs in the first innings and yet stage a comeback to win the third Test.

Miandad pointed out that the fightback by the team after showed how well gelled the team was.

"I am not surprised that we beat England. I was expecting that because the conditions favoured us. But I am pleasantly happy at the way all the players clicked at just the right time at the right occasions throughout the series," he added.

The veteran of 124 Tests noted that in the third Test after beingĀ  bowled out for 99 runs the bowlers first brought Pakistan back into the match and than the batsmen applied themselves in the second innings with the senior players coming good at the right time.

"The spinners were outstanding throughout the series. Conditions were helpful to them but yet it takes a lot of skill and discipline to exploit even favourable conditions and Saeed and Rehman were outstanding in this sense. England till the end of the series had no answer to them."

Miandad, who is presently director cricket in the Pakistan Board, said the pitches in the UAE were not easy for batting.

Miandad said that Pakistan team had made the nation proud with their comprehensive sweep of the series but they still needed to do a lot of work on their fielding.

The former Pakistan coach also said he was not surprised by England's capitulation despite their No. 1 Test ranking.

"Being No. 1 does not mean you are unbeatable or invincible. It does not mean you can win all the time. The conditions in the UAE were in favour of Pakistan and they did well to exploit them," he said.

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