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Mickey Arthur says Pakistan's resilience cannot be questioned

By Rashmi Nanda -
Mickey Arthur, who is the Head Coach of the Pakistan cricket team claims that the buoyancy of his players can never be questioned and the experience of playing in Australia will put them in good stead when they play here again.

The head coach said that the team played very spirited cricket at different stages of the tour but they were disappointed with the way the series panned out. Arthur told the Dawn, "Albeit we are all extremely disappointed with the way the series panned out, I really felt that we were competitive [at various stages] in this series and the players' resilience can never be questioned."

Arthur further stated that the team had left no stone unturned in terms of preparation. He added, "It has been very depressing for all of us losing these Test matches but I can tell you for certain that the work rate of the players and staff has been outstanding and no stone has been left unturned in terms of preparation. The thing you have to take out of it is the fact that the players will have all grown from this experience and be far better for it. The young players will certainly bring these lessons back when they come and play here again,"
 
Arthur accepted that a majority of teams enjoy home advantage in modern-day cricket. Ahead of the forthcoming ODI series against Australia, the Pak Head Coach stated, "I believe that it is now very evident that almost all [major] teams dominate at home and it's getting harder to win away from home for every international team," 

Arthur also said about Misbah-ul-Haq's future as a captain, "I am hoping that Misbah tours and plays for Pakistan for a while yet but that is a choice that only Misbah can make. He needs time to assess for himself and I am sure when the time comes he will make the correct decision for himself,"

The former South African cricketer added, "His [Misbah's] career is obviously a very good one and when he does decide to retire he will go down as one of Pakistan's finest captains and batsmen,"