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Misbah wants Pakistan bowlers back in ‘reverse-gear’

LONDON: Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq wants his side to reverse swing the ball like England do as they try to square a four-match Test series at The Oval.

England went 2-1 up with one to play after dismissing Pakistan for just 201 in a 141-run win in the third Test at Edgbaston last week.

Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis may have been the modern pioneers of reverse swing in the 1990s but England, led by James Anderson, managed to make the ball  go the other way  at Edgbaston.

Subsequently, one Pakistani television station suggested England could have illegally tampered with the ball.

But, far more importantly, Misbah had no complaints over what England captain Alastair Cook said was “far-fetched nonsense”.

Instead Misbah simply called on his side to improve their performance with bat and ball in the series finale at The Oval, where a decade ago Pakistan became the first side to forfeit a Test by refusing to play on after being penalised five runs for ball-tampering by the umpires.

“Obviously there are legal ways to roughen the ball — you bowl cross seam, throw the ball from the boundary one-bounce, shine it on one side,” Misbah told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday.

“You care for the ball, and the team which does it better achieves reverse-swing.

“This is an art, a science…We have to do that,” he added ahead of Thursday s start at The Oval.

“England s bowlers are experienced — and Anderson and (Stuart) Broad know how to utilise it.

“They know the conditions.”

“Our seam bowlers have played less cricket.

“So they have to learn that and care for the ball – we have to gain that experience and concentrate on that.” – AFP