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History on Pakistan’s side in attempt to level series with England | Mike Selvey

Under Misbah-ul-Haq’s captaincy the tourists have played their part in a series that has gone some way to wiping away the bad memories of 2010

The Pakistan team has been a revelation. Like the New Zealanders last year they have shown that the game can be played competitively but with the best of intentions. Unless those on the periphery have been missing something, there has been no obvious animosity between the teams which, it is fair to say, has not always been the case. In Misbah-ul-Haq they have one of the most significant figures in Pakistan’s cricket history and certainly one of the finest of modern captains if for nothing more than the manner in which he has brought unity to a fragmented side destined to sail the world like the Flying Dutchman of international cricket.

One may smile at the press-ups (well, yawn a bit now, to be honest) but even in that they have been true to a commitment they made when it would have been easy to flag it away. Here it was Misbah who led the way again: would, say, young Sami Aslam have had the confidence to face the pavilion at Lord’s and go through the promised drill had he made the first Pakistan hundred of the series?

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