Misbah confident Pakistan can cope with Herath

Published August 6, 2014
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq gears up ahead of a hit in the nets. — Photo by AFP
Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq gears up ahead of a hit in the nets. — Photo by AFP

GALLE: Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq is confident that his batsmen will be able to overcome the threat posed by Sri Lanka left-arm spinner Rangana Herath in the two-Test series starting on Wednesday.

Herath has often proved to be a thorn in Pakistan’s side having taken 65 of his 237 Test wickets against them in 15 matches, more than against any other country.

“He is one of the leading wicket-takers of Sri Lanka at the moment but the confidence level of all our batsmen is very good against him,” Misbah said on Tuesday. “Ours is more or less the same batting order and the same guys who played in the last series, everybody is confident about playing him.”

In the last series played in the UAE which ended in a 1-1 draw, Herath took 14 wickets at an average cost of 36.64.

Pakistan has not won a Test series in Sri Lanka since 2006.

“We tried our level best to get ready for this series, we had a good training camp in Lahore before we came here everybody is ready for the series,” Misbah said.

“We worked hard on our fitness, before Ramazan we had a tough fitness camp and everybody is in good shape,” he added. “All the players are fit that is what Waqar Younis as coach wants from us. He really wants to focus on fitness and fielding it really brings something special to the team.”

Misbah said his team were experienced in Sri Lankan conditions having played a lot of cricket there.

“You could say these conditions are not much different from Abu Dhabi and Dubai but in Galle especially, there is a little bit of seam movement and movement in the air that’s something the seamers are really interested in.

“Both teams fancy these sorts of conditions but everyone knows that in their own conditions, Sri Lanka are a really good team, so you need to play hard, disciplined cricket to come good against them,” he said.

Published in Dawn, Aug 6th, 2014

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