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Misbah upbeat facing 'unsettled' Australia

AAP logoAAP 30/11/2016

Despite coming off a 2-0 Test series defeat to New Zealand, Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq is licking his lips for the chance to rip into an "unsettled" Australia.

Pakistan on Tuesday capitulated in the last session of the second Test in Hamilton to lose to the Black Caps by 138 runs and cap a dismal tour.

Misbah returned home after losing the first Test in Christchurch because of the death of his father-in-law.

He would have missed the second Test in anyway because he was handed a one-match suspension for another slow over-rate.

He will rejoin the team before the first day-night Test in Brisbane on December 15.

Misbah is optimistic his No.4-ranked side can take down Australia at home even though they avoided being whitewashed by South Africa when new caps Matt Renshaw, Peter Handscomb and Nic Maddinson were a part of the day-night third Test win in Adelaide last weekend.

"Australia is not a settled team, and they have made changes in the last (Test) match (against South Africa)," Misbah said in Lahore on Wednesday.

"Their new players are familiar with their own conditions, but at the same time when someone comes new into Test matches, you have a chance to exploit it."

Pakistan's top order struggled in seaming conditions in New Zealand. They lost nine wickets in the last session in Hamilton.

Only opener Sami Aslam and Babar Azam scored half-centuries in four Test innings. However, Pakistan kept faith in the same 16-man squad for the three Tests against Australia.

"Conditions were difficult in New Zealand with plenty of grass on both wickets," Misbah said. "But I believe wickets will be better in Australia, and this team has the capability to make a comeback."

Pakistan, who rose to No.1 in the Test rankings, slipped to No. 4 after losing in New Zealand.

But 42-year-old Misbah said Pakistan weren't suddenly a bad team.

"In one series, if your bowlers or batsmen do not perform, you can't say it's not a good team," he said.

"We have been taking 20 wickets (in a Test match) in UAE, and I hope the players have learnt their lessons in New Zealand."

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