Misbah-ul-Haq Hopes Pakistan Players Quickly Reach Test Speed

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would look at his players to get into their best Test game as grueling series approaches against Sri Lanka.

Updated: July 25, 2014 21:30 IST
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File pic: Misbah (batting) wants Pakistan to get into Test shape quickly.


Islamabad: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his players will quickly find their Test match groove when they play the first match of a two-match series against Sri Lanka at Galle on Aug. 6.

Pakistan havent't played a Test since drawing the series 1-1 against Sri Lanka in January at Sharjah, where they sensationally chased down 302 runs in 57.3 overs on the last evening.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka have won a first Test series in England, and were trying to save the home series against South Africa. (Jayawardene to End Test Career on Home Ground)

The Pakistan Cricket Board has overhauled the coaching staff, with Waqar Younis back as head coach, and Zimbabwe's Grant Flower taking over as batting coach.

The new coaches have been leading training for nine days at Lahore, where the players have been trying to reproduce match scenarios.

Pakistan have not won a Test series since beating England 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

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