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Misbah-ul-Haq is not thinking about stepping down

Misbah-ul-Haq has no plans to step down as Pakistan’s one-day captain after his side’s series defeat by Australia.

The pressure has been rising on Misbah, whose appointment was due to run until the end of the World Cup in March with former players joining the clamour for him to be sacked.

Pakistan were let down by their batting on Friday, when they could only post 215 after openers Sarfraz Ahmed (65) and Ahmed Shahzad (61) had put on 126 for the first wicket.

That allowed Glen Maxwell to lead Australia to a five-wicket win in Dubai and seal the series 2-0 with one more game to be played on Sunday.

After the match, questions soon turned to the captaincy but Misbah said: “I have not thought about the captaincy. I will fight on.

“The batting has let us down and we need to put things right before the World Cup – if we don’t, then it’s trouble.

“You really want to improve your performance from game to game and the Test matches are just around the corner. We need to improve our batting and if we are playing against a top side then we need to put a good total on the board, otherwise you don’t have any chance.

“Sunday is an important game for us. We need to go into the Tests with a win and that will lift our confidence.”