Misbah dead serious for dead rubber

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is determined to see Pakistan to continue their winning habit when they face the West Indies in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Sunday.

The home side have won every game of this bilateral series against the West Indies so far but will not drop their guard in the final match according to the skipper.

Misbah said on the eve of his 49th Test as captain: “Every victory is important, no matter which opponent is up against you.

“Test cricket is Test cricket and it’s always great to win a Test match. West Indies, on a given day, gave us a tough time and they created a situation where they could have won or drawn the game.

“So you can’t say that it’s an inconsequential series. In terms of ranking and your team’s reputation – it’s important for you to perform consistently and keep on winning.”

The West Indies pushed Pakistan all the way in the first Test thanks to a Pakistan batting collapse in their second innings but were well off the pace in the second match.

Pakistan want to keep their momentum  from the tour to England and this home series going.

Misbah added: “We are confident as a team the way we are playing and will try to win this one.

“Because we have a tough series ahead, we want to sign off with confidence and on a winning note. We want to keep it simple for, every game has importance and series victories always carry a unique value.”

Pakistan will now face two tough away series as they travel to New Zealand and then Australia.

Misbah went on: “The process for England, the preparation I think started long ago in 2010, with every passing day and every passing series, whatever we gained in experience gave us confidence and actually helped us in England.

“Now with wins against England and West Indies, we are in better shape and this will help us in New Zealand and Australia.”