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‘Misbah should bat at No. 3’

Karachi: Former Pakistan captain Mohammed Yousuf on Monday said that Misbah-ul Haq should promote himself to No. 3 in Tests in order to address the batting problems of the team.

“Look, he (Misbah) is our in-form batsman, and is scoring runs. I don’t understand why he is reluctant to bat at No. 3. If he does that, it means Pakistan has more chances of getting strong starts from the top and it will release pressure on the lower order batsmen,” said Yousuf.

Misbah has been consistent while batting at No. 5 in Tests, and scored 97 in the second innings at Dubai.

But Yousuf felt Misbah’s negative mindset was affecting the team.

“I think he doesn’t want to bat at No. 3 because technically he is not very good against fast bowlers,” Yousuf said.

The former captain said that Misbah might have been scoring runs since last year but he was far from a perfect player as far as his technique was concerned. “His mindset is also not right for the team and it has trickled down to the other players, especially the youngsters.” (PTI)