Younis, Misbah receive Wahab backing


Wahab Riaz has backed Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq to guide Pakistan out of future trouble, after the veteran pair fell cheaply amid a dramatic collapse from the tourists in Brisbane on Friday.

Day two of the first Test at the Gabba saw Australia reach 429 all out, before Pakistan collapsed to 97-8 under lights - Younis and Misbah making nought and four respectively.

"Everyone wants to score runs and nobody gets out on purpose," reflected Wahab in an end-of-day media conference.

"Obviously we expect a lot from Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq and they have done that so much in the past as well, they have always taken Pakistan away from difficult situations.

"Unfortunately they couldn't do it this time, but we still back them because they are the best players we have in our team and we know that if something like this happens [again] they will stand up."

Wahab acknowledged Pakistan now face a mighty task after their collapse in the final session of day two.

"It's in front of everybody that we lost this session completely - the credit goes to the Australia bowlers, [for] the way they have bowled," he added.

"There was some poor shot selection, I would say, and a few of the balls were really good. The Australians were bowling well ... and we couldn't recover from it.

"We will definitely try to fight back. Obviously it's a huge lead right now, but what we can do is try our level best and try to restrict them when we bowl again."