Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq has called the recent South Africa tour a disappointment.
Misbah-ul-Haq has called upon his Pakistan team to improve their performances after a disappointing tour of South Africa.
Misbah has spoken out after returning from his side’s two-month tour against the Proteas, in which they lost both the Test and ODI series.
The Pakistanis did win the Twenty20 series 1-0, after the first short over match was washed out.
However, a heavy 3-0 whitewash in the Tests and a 3-2 one-day defeat has caused concern for Misbah and the future of his team.
“The tour was disappointing,” the Pakistan captain said on ESPNcricinfo.
“We struggled throughout the Test series and it’s an alarming situation, we need to improve a lot in various aspects.
“We played irresponsible shots and we need to address out batting problems.”
Misbah is referring to the fact that none of Pakistan’s batsman showed any consistency throughout the South Africa tour.
In the Test series the tourists struggled against the Proteas’ world-class bowling attack, losing heavily in all three matches with no batsman making any real impact.
In the ODIs Pakistan were slightly better, although Misbah top-scored for his side with 227 runs at an average of 56.57 – which was some way short of his opposite number, AB de Villiers, who’s average of over 90 secured the man of the series award.
Key players for the Pakistanis such as Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Hafeez and Younes Khan all failed to perform consistently with the bat.
Misbah and the coaching staff will now have to take some time to decide what to do to improve the team before the Champions Trophy starts in June.