Misbah-ul-Haq will soon turn 42 © Getty Images
Misbah-ul-Haq will soon turn 42 © Getty Images

Pakistan’s captain Misbah-ul-Haq may continue to play Test cricket till the tour of Australia later this year, as he has began his preparations for tough months ahead. Misbah, who has already retired from short forms of the game, is planning to arrive in England way ahead of the Pakistan squad, and prepare for their Test series with the Pakistan A side. Misbah has said he is keen to take part in Pakistan’s tour of Australia towards the end of 2016. He was last seen in action during the three-match Test series in UAE against England, and has just recovered from a calf strain.

The itinerary of the series will be announced soon by Cricket Australia (CA). Australia will be hosting Pakistan and South Africa this summer, and it is expected that there will be a day-night Test in each of the series Down Under.

Misbah carried his calf strain for a major part of Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) inaugural edition. He has recovered from the injury with a rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy, and is currently gearing up to play in the Pakistan Cup.

Misbah told ESPNCricinfo, “I am fine and hopefully this injury won’t be an issue ahead. Unfortunately I didn’t get an opportunity to play county cricket but I am planning to go England with few of our boys before the tour to play some practice matches adapt in the condition there. I have the one-day cup, conditioning camps and A-team tour ahead so I am looking forward. It has been very tough being idle but I made my mind up to play the England series.”

“All you think is positive and I want to contribute and this is why I am planning to play a certain length of time so that youngsters are ready to take my place. I hope by the time I leave, the Pakistan Test team is in safe hands and standing solidly on their own feet. If the team remains intact, when a new captain replaces me it shouldn’t feel any different,” he added.

Pakistan are due to play against West Indies and New Zealand following the conclusion of their England tour, following which they will travel to Australia. Pakistan’s tour of England begins July 14.

Misbah added, “As a captain and a player you cannot achieve everything but I am satisfied with the result I have got for Pakistan so far. Although I am disappointed that I couldn’t do well with the limited-overs team I believe I have achieved a lot.”

“If I manage to play the England series then I should also play the upcoming West Indies, New Zealand and Australia series as well mainly because they are at close gaps. Although I am certain about my will of playing all the series it will also be subject to my form and fitness as if it goes down then I will walk away rather rather than being a burden on the team,” he continued.