Misbah: Press-ups a salute to army


Misbah-ul-Haq revealed his press-ups to celebrate scoring a century at Lord's where a salute to army troops after the Pakistan captain's assault on the England bowlers on day one of the four-match series.

The Pakistan squad were put through their paces in a bootcamp before the tour of England and the indefatigable Misbah appears to have reaped the rewards judging by his unbeaten 110 on Thursday.

Misbah became the oldest Test centurion since 1934 when he reached three figures for the 10th time in the longest format of the game at the age of 42, with the tourists closing on 282-6.

Asad Shafiq (73) and the skipper combined for a fifth-wicket stand of 148 to frustrate Alastair Cook's side before Chris Woakes, the standout bowler with figures of 4-45, claimed two wickets late in the day.

There was talk of Misbah retiring after he led Pakistan to a series victory over England in the United Arab Emirates last year, but the veteran proved he is still up for the battle by getting his name on the honours board in his first Test innings in England.

"The celebration, I think I promised the army guys. We had an army camp and every time we would get to the ground and 'get 10, get 10'," he told Sky Sports.

The evergreen Misbah wants to see Pakistan reach the 400 mark before unleashing his bowling attack on the England batsman.

"I think it's a good position, but we want to score maybe another 100 - that would really give us a good chance," he said.

"Still I think there is a lot of work to do, but overall I think it was a good day."

Misbah added: "There is pace, but first we need to get somewhere near 400. Then we've got a decent attack, the guys can swing the ball, seam the ball and bowl fast, plus we've got a really good leg-spinner.

"But first we need to score another 100-120 runs."