Misbah looks to break 10-year Aussie stranglehold

Aug 28, 2012, 08:05 IST | AFP

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq believes his players will be extra motivated to win against Australia who they have not beaten for the last 10 years

The two teams meet in a three-match one-day series starting here today, followed by as many Twenty20 internationals.

Misbah said his players will make an extra effort to register a series win which has eluded them since Pakistan’s 2-1 win in Australia in 2002. “Of course, whenever there is such a thing it charges the team in an extra way, it needs an extra effort to combine and beat an opponent who we have not beaten for some time,” Misbah said yesterday.

Misbah during a practice session yesterday. PIC/AFP

Pakistan have only two survivours in Shahid Afridi and Shoaib Malik from the team which beat Australia 10 years ago, but Misbah said all his players are focused against an opponent who are dangerous anywhere in the world.

“Australia are one of the top teams, it’s difficult to beat them because they are a fighting team in any conditions of the world,” said Misbah of the Australian team led by Michael Clarke.

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