Batsmen need to hit form: Pak skipper Misbah

Karachi: Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has admitted that the batting remains an area of concern for Pakistan and there is a lot of scope for improvement.

Misbah said the way the Pakistan batting collapsed in the Twenty20 match and first one-day international against Bangladesh, it is proving to be a cause of concern and the batsmen need to iron out their weaknesses if they are to go the distance.

"It is a matter of concern as we have failed to still come to terms with the different pitch conditions in Bangladesh," said Misbah.

"We are winning matches and doing well as a unit but the batting needs to show muscle and not be brittle. Because this might cost us heavily in the coming matches in Bangladesh or other upcoming series.

"We are winning because our bowlers are doing really well but if our batsmen also contribute properly we could win by more comfortable margins," Misbah said.

The Pakistan batting has struggled in the two matches against Bangladesh on sluggish and slow tracks, reigniting the debate about the consistency of batsmen.

Misbah, who now leads Pakistan in all three formats of the game, said the team is not worried or thinking about the coming series against England in the UAE.

"We are presently only focusing on our series in Bangladesh and taking it match by match," he said.


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