Misbah explains ton celebration push-ups


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq has explained why he did 10 quick push ups after recording his century against England on day one at Lord's. saying it was a tribute to his country's military academy.

Pakistan have spent months working on their fitness levels, which had been sorely lacking, and have been trained by the Pakistani army in Abbottabad in various boot camps, in order to prepare for this tour.

Misbah, who also pulled off a neat salute, explained the push ups he did after recording his ton: "That was my promise to the army guys.

"We did a camp in Abbottabad before the skill camp in Lahore, and we used to do an honour code every time, we just stepped into the ground and did ten push-ups.

"And I promised them, if ever I score a hundred, I will definitely do that to remind you that we were there."

He added of the team's overall fitness and readiness: "Obviously, we worked really hard in terms of our fitness and skills, and in terms of acclimatising and coming here before [the start of the series].

"All those aspects are really helping us. The batsmen are now adjusting to these conditions, they have got runs under their belts so they are confident, and now everyone is looking in good shape so that really helped us."