LAHORE – Misbah-ul-Haq on Wednesday admitted that not appealing for umpire review against Michael Hussey was a blunder.

Speaking to media at Lahore airport upon his arrival, Misbah said that the poor fielding and hot temperature, were the main reasons behind the loss of Pakistan team He said that the team performed well throughout the series but the fielding badly affected the team in the last One Day International  of the 3-match series. Pakistan's under-fire skipper Misbah-ul Haq has no intention to retire from ODIs or step down from the post despite his side's one-day series loss to Australia in the UAE.

"No doubt we struggled to dominate in batting and didn't take command on the field but we tried to select the best playing eleven for all the matches," Misbah said..

"I enjoy the honour of leading Pakistan in ODIs and Tests and take pride in my own personal performances. It is disappointing we lost to Australia but we need to move on and learn from our mistakes. Definitely, we need improvements in different areas as we repeating same mistakes," he said. Misbah said that the Pakistani batsmen failed to prove their credentials during the first match while weather also affected players performance during the series.  “We cannot blame any player for the loss as it is the team that wins matches and it is the team that loses,” he said. He further said: “It was the golden chance to win against Australia as some senior players were out of team but we missed it.”

It is to be mentioned here that Australia won the series against Pakistan by 2-1, ruining Pakistan’s dream to win the series against them after 10 years.

Misbah claimed the loss exposed serious deficiencies in the side’s game which they must fix if they want to be a major force in the 50-over format.

“I think we have to improve in every department of the game, especially in finding the right combination of fast bowlers - an area in which we are really struggling,” said Misbah. “We have to improve our batting. At important stages of the game we collapse while batting,“ he added.