Misbah considering future after Pakistan collapse

Misbah-ul-Haq is considering his future after Pakistan fell to a devastating innings defeat against Australia on day five of the second Test at the MCG.

After the hosts declared on 624-8 on Friday, 181 ahead, Pakistan were left just over two sessions to see out a draw and keep the series alive heading into the final Test.

However, Mitchell Starc - who had earlier smashed seven sixes in his 84 with the bat - starred in a more familiar role, taking 4-36 as the tourists crumbled to 163 all out inside 54 overs.

Only Azhar Ali and Sarfraz Ahmed, who each made 43, put up any sort of a fight with Misbah pre-meditating a sweep shot off Nathan Lyon and popping a catch to short fine leg for a second-ball duck.

That dismissal, plus the manner of Pakistan's defeat, left the 42-year-old Misbah thinking about retirement, the captain even hinting he may step down before the final Test in Sydney, which gets under way on Tuesday.

"I need to think about that because I always felt if I couldn't contribute anything for the team there is no point staying here," he said in his media conference.

"This is the point where I need to just think about that, even before the next game and after the series. The next couple of days I'll just think about that and decide what to do because there is no point hanging around doing nothing.

"I was thinking about my retirement long ago, even when I was playing against England in Dubai [in October 2015].

"I had to face these difficult series and that's why I hung around, even after the series against West Indies [in March 2017] it might be over so that's the point I have to think about."

Earlier in his post-match presentation, Misbah conceded the pressure of the situation had got to the Pakistan players.

"It's a funny game, especially when you are under pressure," he said. "You see there can only be a draw or you can lose the game. That creates a lot of problems for your side.

"I think we were thinking if we could get early wickets, a couple of wickets, then it would be easy for us, but anything over 100 [deficit], you never know, pressure sometimes does certain things.

"We were thinking anything could happen, we have to play well, we have to bowl well first and then play well to save this game."

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