LAHORE - Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq said young players like Junaid Khan, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq made sure that Pakistan's cricket future was secure despite losing the Test and one-day series on their tour of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka won the three-match Test series 1-0, the ODI series 3-1, and they drew the T20 series 1-1, so it was Pakistan's first Test series loss since 2010. It was also Sri Lanka's first Test series win in three years.

But Misbah preferred to look at the highlights, where Junaid took two five-wicket hauls in the Tests, and Azhar Ali scored two centuries and proved his batting abilities on the crucial stage of Test for his side. Saeed Ajmal was also a bright light for the Pakistanis, taking 15 wickets in three Tests.

He added on a positive note: "The Test defeat was also unfortunate. But the performance of young players like Junaid Khan, Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq has assured Pakistan a good future.

"Our junior players did very well in the Tests. Ali, Shafiq and Junaid have done well in the series and with their performance we can say that our future is secure.

"In difficult situations these players performed well for us. The way Adnan Akmal played (in Pallekele Test) with a fractured finger is a good sign. Junaid is a big plus."

Pakistan lost the five-match one-day series 3-1 and three-Tests 1-0 on the tour which ended on Thursday. They levelled a two-match Twenty20 series 1-1. The Test defeat ended Pakistan's unbeaten run of seven series since losing to England on the 2010 tour which was marred by spot-fixing allegations in the Lord's Test.

That unbeaten streak also included a 3-0 whitewash of world number one Test team England earlier this year. Misbah, who captained Pakistan since their defeat against England in 2010, deplored the defeats on the Sri Lanka tour.

"Defeats in the one-days and Tests are disappointing," Misbah told reporters on the team's return home on Saturday. "We could have won the one-day series but our fielding let us down in the last two matches."

Pakistan hired former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore as head coach and Englishman Julien Fountain as fielding coach earlier this year, but their fielding has still been a grey area.

Twenty20 captain M Hafeez said team's defeat in the first T20 match was due to inexperience. "We had a number of new players in the Twenty20 so the first match was lost because of inexperience but we came back well to win the second game," said Hafeez.

Pakistan's will host Australia in the United Arab Emirates from August 28 to September 10. They will play three One-day international and three Twenty20s ahead of the World Twenty20 to be played in Sri Lanka from September 18.