Pakistan head coach cum chief selector is worried about the drop in form of his three key players ahead of the home test series against Sri Lanka.
Pakistan were clean swept Down Under in the recently concluded test series under the new leadership of Azhar Ali, losing both tests by an innings and setting up a humiliating record of 14 consecutive test losses in a single country.
Yasir Shah picked up 4 wickets in the first test but conceded 200 runs, but went wicketless in the second test and almost conceding 200 runs again in an inning as he conceded 197.
Mohammad Abbas in a surprise decision didn’t play in the first test. However, he also couldn’t take any wicket as only Shaheen Shah Afridi managed to pick up the three wickets that fell in the Australian innings.
"It is a worry for us, Yasir [Shah] and [Mohammad] Abbas are our main bowlers and some of our main batsmen like Azhar [Ali], their form is also concerning for us," Misbah spoke on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) podcast.
Speaking on Yasir Shah, Misbah stated that he is our main bowler and we always expect him to deliver for us.
"When you come and play in these conditions, it's difficult for spinners. Lyon got wickets on the last day [in second Test] also, before that he had two wickets. In Asian conditions, Yasir's performances have always been good and we're looking forward to him stepping up there and performing well because he's our main match-winner."
The former captain was unimpressed seeing how his players threw away their wickets playing unnecessary shots while Australian players batted responsibly.
"Australian batsmen capitalized on their starts and made big hundreds, Warner hit a triple and we missed that. Our batsmen got set then got out, they couldn't play big innings, otherwise, the results could have been a little different," he said.
"To be successful here, we need to improve and know how to bowl in these conditions. With batting, there's some technical adjustments that are needed here, your scoring areas change so we have to look at that in future."
The 45-year-old expects another stern test against the Sri Lankan team when they arrive in Pakistan for a two-match test series.
"Sri Lanka have a strong team, they have announced a full-strength squad. Our bowling attack is inexperienced as there are some new faces after the retirements of [Mohammad] Amir, Wahab [Riaz] and Hasan Ali's injury. The series will be tough, we will have to play good cricket.”
He further mentioned that despite playing at home, it won’t be easy as we have seen how good Sri Lanka’s bowling attack is.
“You can't say that since it's a home series, it will be easy for us. SL beat SA and their young bowling attack has been performing well, pace-wise also they're good. We will have to improve a lot to bring good results, it won't be easy for us," he concluded.
The first test of Sri Lanka's tour of Pakistan begins on December 11 at the Pindi Stadium with the second test due to take place at the National Stadium Karachi on December 19.