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Misbah to captain Pakistan in Sydney Test

Misbah-ul-Haq will play the third and final Test against Australia and will do so as captain.

After the final-day loss in Melbourne, in which a second-ball duck prolonged a run of low scores for him, Misbah had spoken of the possibility of retirement from Test cricket and had not ruled out the likelihood of doing so before Sydney.

But Pakistan’s management confirmed today he will lead the side out at the SCG on January 3.

“Misbah will play at Sydney and he will be captain,” the PCB’s director (media) Amjad Hussain said.

Pakistan traveled to Sydney on New Year’s Eve and cancelled training on the first day of the year.

What happens after Sydney is unclear. Pakistan do not play another Test until a series in the Caribbean in April-May 2017.

Misbah’s comments post-Melbourne were the strongest indication that he will step down but he has fallen short of confirming it.

It could be that he waits to arrive back in Pakistan before he announces his decision and it could also be that the result in Sydney, a dead rubber now, could have a role to play in his decision.

More to follow

Osman Samiuddin is a senior editor at ESPNcricinfo

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