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Pakistan Test captain not ready to retire

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017 Rob Forsaith

Misbah-ul-Haq has extinguished the retirement rumours he had started in Melbourne, confirming he will lead Pakistan in their third Test against Australia.

Misbah admitted after losing the three-Test series at the MCG he needed "to think about" his future and was no certainty to play the dead rubber in Sydney.

The 42-year-old formally put the issue to bed on Monday, fronting a pre-match media conference at the SCG and saying his remarks in Melbourne were a result of "frustration" and "disappointment".

The veteran, who started his international career in 2001, made an even more emphatic statement to teammates on New Year's Eve.

"Some of the guys with the families, they just gathered in my room because, luckily, I got the view of the Harbour Bridge," Misbah said.

"We just watched the fireworks with all the kids - had dinner there.

"We enjoyed that and had a chat and, after that, everybody was relaxed. We just throw everything that happened in the bin and just think about the new year, 2017.

"Now it looks like everybody is fresh and ready for this Test match. The two matches in 2016 are gone. We're just concentrating on 2017."

Misbah, with a total of just 20 runs in this series, was non-committal when pressed about his future beyond this week's match.

But the right-hander gave every indication he wanted to stay on as skipper and was under no pressure to move on.

"You have to fight as a sportsman and that's important for me also. I'm happy that I've got a very good family, all the team. The way they supported me (was appreciated)," he said.

"Everyone, from the support staff to the players ... nobody was having any doubt that I should leave or I have to leave.

"The team believes in me .... whatever I said in that press conference that was, you could say, frustration and disappointment."

Misbah opted against naming an XI on Monday, admitting there could be changes after his side lost the Boxing Day Test by an innings and 18 runs.

"(Selection will be shaped by) looking at the conditions. Traditionally, Sydney is a bit different to all of the (other Australian) venues," he said.

"It all depends on the final look of the pitch."

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