New Delhi: After helping Pakistan register their first Test series win over Australia in two decades, team coach Waqar Younis has revealed the keys to the success. He said that determination, dedication and discipline had helped them achieve the feat.
Hosting the mighty Aussies at United Arab Emirates, Pakistan outplayed Michael Clarke's side in the two-match Test series. In the first Test at Dubai, they defeated Australia by 221 runs.
With veteran Younis Khan playing his best cricket during the series, they improved the showing in the second Test. At Abu Dhabi, Misbah-ul-Haq led the side to a huge 356-run win.
Talking to a leading Pakistani newspaper, Waqar said that these three tenets have led to the 'goody goody stuff.' The 42-year-old also credited his team for putting up the brilliant show.
The former fast bowler took the opportunity to praise captain Misbah for his leadership and positivity. Waqar hailed Misbah's positive frame of mind that helped the team and inspired the players to give their best.
The series win helped Pakistan gained Test ranking positions and they are now third behind South Africa and Australia. Besides, individual players also achieved personal milestones, notable among were Younis Khan's hundreds in each innings of the first Test and 213-run innings in the first innings of the second Test.
Skipper Misbah also set a new world record for the fastest half-century off just 21 balls and equalled West Indian great Vivian Richards' fastest hundred off 56 balls during his 101 not out in the second Test.
Pakistan will play New Zealand in a three-match series with the first Test starting Sunday at Abu Dhabi. It will be followed by two Twenty20s and five ODIs.