Misbah: We have to improve our performance


Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq said his side is positive that they will put up a good performance in the second Test against England, starting in Dubai on Thursday.

The Asian team came within a whisker of losing the first Test of the three-match series with England only needing 25 runs for victory when the umpires deemed the light was not suitable for play to continue on the final day.

Misbah reckons the Three Lions are a different side to the one that they beat three-nil the last time the two teams met in Asia three years ago.

The 41 year-old Misbah said: "This is a very important Test for us, so we are positive and have to improve our performance. We are looking forward to good cricket.

"We have to take them seriously and we already are. I think it maybe is different in perception for the viewers but I am saying this from the first day. They are a professional team and are very determined.

"They have learned from their previous mistakes in the past and are a totally different team and that is what we have seen [in Abu Dhabi]. So we have to lift our performance if we want to win."