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Pakistan's problems driving Test success

AAP logoAAP 8/12/2016 Scott Bailey

Pakistan's ascension to the top of world cricket this year was driven by their desire to aid their troubled nation, according to veteran Younis Khan.

Pakistan have not hosted a home Test since a terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan team bus in 2009, and have played most of their cricket in the United Arab Emirates.

And while that would be considered a disadvantage to most in the current home-team dominated era, Khan said it inspired the team to claim the No.1 Test ranking earlier this year.

"We just play for the team and especially play for our nation because there is nothing back in Pakistan," Khan said.

"There is no cricket back in Pakistan. But everyone is still watching and everybody still follows us back in Pakistan.

"I think these kinds of things motivate us and because of this thinking we are successful as a team."

Pakistan's success has been built around the experience of 39-year-old Khan and 42-year-old captain Misbah-ul-Haq, along with a group of youngsters who didn't experience the team's pain during the noughties.

Together, both Khan and Misbah are two of the oldest players in international cricket.

And Khan says it is only due to the internal strife in Pakistan that he has the desire to remain in the game.

"This kind of thing is in my mind all the time," Khan said.

"That's how I motivate myself at this age and just keep going.

"Same like Misbah as well. He wants to do well for Pakistan cricket team and nation."

To put into context Khan's longevity in the game, his debut summer in Test cricket came in the same season Adam Gilchrist first received a Baggy Green.

He has seen the good and bad sides of Pakistan cricket come and go, but is now one of the leaders of a team that is attempting to become the first side from the sub-continent ever to win a series in Australia.

They arrive armed with a bowling group that includes legspinner Yasir Shah - who has already earned comparisons to Shane Warne - and Mohammad Amir, who took three wickets in 12 balls in a tour match under lights on Thursday.

Their batting has also stood up to the test. Before a disappointment in New Zealand dropped them to No.4 in the world last month, they drew 2-2 in England earlier this year and recently defeated Sri Lanka, in Sri Lanka.

"Last summer in England when we drew that series in England everyone (in Pakistan) was happy about it," Khan said.

"It's all about do better for other people. My thinking goes like that and so does Misbah's and all the team.

"If we do well in Australia ... our nation will be happy about us and we will be relieved."

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