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Misbah hopes Pak players quickly reach test speed

Captain Misbah hopes Pakistan players quickly get up to test speed in Sri Lanka in 2 weeks

Misbah hopes Pak players quickly reach test speed

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hopes his players will quickly find their test match groove when they play the first match of a two-game series against Sri Lanka at Galle on Aug. 6.

Pakistan hasn't played a test since drawing the series 1-1 against Sri Lanka in January at Sharjah, where it sensationally chased down 302 runs in 57.3 overs on the last evening.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka has won a first test series in England, and was trying to save the home series against South Africa.

The Pakistan Cricket Board has overhauled the coaching staff, with Waqar Younis back as head coach, and Zimbabwe's Grant Flower taking over as batting coach.

The new coaches have been leading training for nine days at Lahore, where the players have been trying to reproduce match scenarios.

Pakistan has not won a test series since beating England 3-0 in the United Arab Emirates in 2012.

Updated : 2021-05-08 10:26 GMT+08:00