KARACHI - Former Pakistan greats on Monday hailed the team's remarkable fightback in the first Test against Australia, saying Misbah-ul-Haq's charges had made the country proud even in defeat.

Former captain Imran Khan heaped praise on the middle-order batsman, who had been struggling with a lean patch until this innings. "Great fightback by Pak in Brisbane led by gutsy Shafiq," he tweeted. "There is no shame in losing when the team fights till the last ball. They have made us proud."

Another former captain Javed Miandad also praised Shafiq, but said conditions had become easier as the day-night Test wore on. "The Brisbane pitch became easy on the last two days so it suited batsmen but one must praise Pakistan's fightback because they almost did what no team has achieved before," he said.

The most successful chase in Test history remains the 418 which West Indies achieved against Australia at Antigua in 2003. Wasim Akram added: "It's very rare that Pakistan loses like this, they fought hard and fought till late and it left Australians sweating. "The way Pakistan have fought will put them in good stead for the next two Tests and Australia will know that they have fight at hands."

PCB selection committee member Tauseef Ahmed also lauded the team’s valiant attempt to chase down what would have been a world record chase of 490 in the first Test against Australia at Gabba, and also heaped praise on man-of-the-match Asad Shafiq.

Tauseef said team’s resurgence in the final innings will boost the visitors’ morale immensely. “It almost feels like a victory after the way the team fought back following their first innings collapse,” said Tauseef. “More importantly, the team has sent a stern warning to the hosts after such a spirited performance, and it will lift their morale for the remainder of the series as well.”

Tauseef said: “Asad is our future and the way he regained his form during the first Test is commendable,” said Tauseef. “He has proven himself as a world-class batsman. Any player from Asia who scores a hard-fought century in Australia gets the certificate of a top batsman and he has achieved that.”