Pakistan skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq wants his willow-wielders to be more consistent in the One Day International series against England, starting with the Abu Dhabi encounter on Monday.
Team Green managed to whitewash England in the Test clash; however, apart from Younis Khan and Azhar Ali, no Pakistani batsmen could score a three-figure-innings.
Admitting the fact that an inconsistent show by the batting line-up is a huge concern for him, Misbah pushed his batsmen to show more stability in the limited-over leg of the competition.
"I think the batting has to be more stable and consistent. England might have lost the Test series but they will be a different side in the one-day series and we can’t take them lightly," Misbah said.
He added, "Our bowling is top class we have quality pacers and top spinners. Shahid Afridi and Saeed Ajmal are outstanding ODI bowlers and even against Afghanistan when our pacers struggled on a flat pitch it was Afridi who bailed us out."
The skipper pointed out that Pakistan had been able to defend low totals because of the variety in the bowling attack. However, he elucidated that against a world class team like England, the Men in Green cannot afford any slip ups and therefore, the batsmen
need to be more responsible.
"But against a top side like England our batsmen need to click more consistency. Most of them have been playing in the UAE conditions for sometime now. They should be better adjusted to score runs consistently.” He shared.
When asked about his team’s preparations for the ODIs, Misbah described, "The hard match against Afghanistan was a good warm up for us for the ODIs against England. But all praise to the Afghan players for not allowing Saeed Ajmal to dominate them. It was
Afridi who once again proved he is one of the finest all-rounders in the world today."
The two teams are due to meet in four One-dayers followed by three Twenty20 Internationals. After suffering a humiliating Test loss, the Englishmen are determined to bounce back. On the other hand, Misbah is also confident of doing well, only if his batsmen
manage to perform to their potential.