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Misbah believes there are plenty of positives to take from the Manchester Test

Misbah believes there are plenty of positives to take from the Manchester Test

In a match that had its fair share of twists and turns, Jos Buttler and Chris Woakes shared a game-altering partnership of 139 to pilot England to a come-from-behind three-wicket win in the Old Trafford Test versus Pakistan.

At 117 for 5, when the pair of Buttler and Woakes joined forces, Pakistan had taken the ascendancy, but the visitors couldn't close out the match. Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan's head coach, was 'frustrated' with the side's inability to ram home the advantage.

"We are feeling frustrated, just as the fans are, after the Old Trafford Test match but this is how cricket is. There are very small margins between victory and defeat and it's easy to curse yourself when you've lost. But, we should remember that we were right on top until pretty much the last session of the game and we played very good cricket. Sure, we need to improve 10 to 15 per cent and deal with pressure situations a little better but we shouldn't be mentally down," Misbah wrote in a column for PCB's website.

Misbah, however, pointed out that Pakistan can take a lot of positives from the game, especially Shan Masood showing the required technique and temperament to compose a brilliant 156. The Pakistan coach also observed that Masood has a good working relationship with the current batting coach, Younis Khan. "Shan Masood batted really well and it was great to see his partnerships with, first, Babar Azam and then Shadab Khan that shifted the momentum.

"Shan should be given a lot of credit for his innings. He has been working so hard - with coaches Shahid Aslam and now Younis Khan - ever since I took the coaching job last September. He's changed a few things in his basic set-up and his approach to batting in South Africa and then Australia. He's a different batsman now and Younis has helped him too. They have a good relationship from batting together at Pallekele back in 2015 when Shan made his first Test hundred," he noted.

After Pakistan slipped to a defeat, there was a school of thought that the visiting side's pacemen could have bowled more short deliveries at the pair of Buttler and Woakes. However, Misbah said that the rub of the green didn't exactly go Pakistan's way. The former Pakistan skipper also praised Buttler and Woakes for their ability to counter-attack when England found themselves in a spot of bother at 117 for 5.

"There has been debate about whether we could have bowled more short stuff or we could have bowled Shadab Khan earlier. Maybe so, but you also have to remember that Woakes and Buttler did have quite a lot of luck in that partnership. A lot of balls went here and there, into no man's land. If one of those goes to a fielder then the situation could have been very different. We still need to improve, of course, but overall we fought really well against a top team in our first international fixture for six months.

"It was a thrilling Test match and full credit must go to England for the way they fought back, came from behind and took the game away from us. There was wonderful cricket played by both teams. Sometimes luck doesn't favour you, sometimes the opposition plays well - that's the beauty of the game. If we look back at the whole Test match, we controlled most of the sessions until the last one. You could say one session in our second innings had a big say and then obviously the partnership of Chris Woakes and Jos Buttler."

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