Misbah proud of ‘remarkable’ players

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq was delighted with his side’s determination and effort after they won the first Test against England at Lord’s, saying they had done a ‘remarkable’ job to resist the media pressure.

The win inside four days was at the ground where the visiting team was roundly humiliated in 2010, losing by more than an innings and having three players infamously caught for match fixing.

But Misbah, who scored a century in the first innings to ensure a handy lead, was pleased with the way his young players, many of whom were not around in 2010, ignored the buzz and did the job.

He said after the 75-run win: “It’s been a remarkable turnaround after the 2010 incident. The team took real responsibility and these players showed a lot of respect for the game, fought throughout the six years and brought plenty of wins.

“Their on- and off-the-field disciplines are really good and winning against a top side, who are really good in their home conditions, speaks volumes for this team and for all the players.

“It is one of the top wins as a captain and as a Pakistan team. I’m really proud of the team, everybody fought and came out with really good skills. Especially today, mentally everyone was strong.

“Yasir Shah (who took 10 wickets) in first and second innings and the fast bowlers bowled really well. Overall it was a good win for us.”

Misbah added that Mohammad Amir, who was one of the players found guilty of fixing, and took three wickets in his first Test since 2010, was no longer that 18-year-old kid who went to prison.

The skipper said: “He’s part of the team that has won the Test match, it will be one of the memorable days of his life and from here he can start his career again.

“He’s a good kid now, he’s a mature cricketer and he can prove to everyone that he’s a good bowler.”

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