Will the Sydney Test be Misbah-ul-Haq's final one for Pakistan?    Getty Images
Will the Sydney Test be Misbah-ul-Haq’s final one for Pakistan? Getty Images

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq will play the third and final Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), scheduled to begin from Tuesday. After Pakistan took a drubbing in the second Test, Misbah had said that he is not sure if he will play the third Test as he believed in stepping aside, if he is not contributing to the team s cause. Misbah, a veteran of 71 Tests, had recently led Pakistan to a series win against West Indies in UAE. He had also led his side to a 2-2 series draw in England, which saw Pakistan move to the top of the ICC rankings for the first time. However, Pakistan s slump began when they lost to New Zealand 0-2 in the two- match Test series, before travelling to Australia.

Pakistan s media manager Amjad Hussain Bhatti confirmed Misbah s participation for the third Test. “Misbah will play at Sydney and he will be captain,” Bhatti said, according to espncricinfo.com. “That was 2016 now it’s 2017. 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). Everyone, from the support staff to the players and they’re up for that (fight), so I’m also up. I need to play at my best,” Misbah said about his quotes in the post match conference, reported AFP. “Traditionally, Sydney is a bit different. It all depends on the final look of the pitch,” he said about the upcoming match. I need to think about that, Misbah told reporters when asked if he would play in the Sydney Test. [If I’m not contributing] there s no point in hanging around. I haven t decided about that [Sydney] but let s see, the 42-year-old had said after the defeat at Melbourne.

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Australia have already wrapped up the series. They won the first Test at Brisbane by 39 runs and followed it up with a thumping win at Melbourne in the Boxing Day Test.

(With inputs from Reuters)