DUBAI - Pakistan captain Misbahul Haq lauded his side’s first Test victory over Australia in Dubai on Sunday as “one of the finest wins” but added his team needed to remain focused to win the series.

Misbah said the win was the second best behind a 3-0 rout of the then world No 1 team England in the United Arab Emirates in 2012. “It’s difficult where to rank this win but it is one of the finest victories,” said Misbah after the match. “I always rank 3-0 against England at the top but after that this is a big achievement, also as captain. We will try to do this again and try to focus more and are determined not to be lazy against a team like Australia who always look for an opportunity,” said Misbah.

Misbah was worried about the complacency of his players and urged his teammates to stay focused and determined to finish the job and seal the series against Australia. "It is really important to consolidate now. We haven't won a series against Australia in so long. That's a big incentive for us, all the guys are determined to do well against them and we need to play disciplined cricket. We really did well in every department in this Test and that really helped us put Australia under pressure.”

Misbah said the win was an achievement in the context of Pakistan’s 2-0 defeat in Tests in Sri Lanka and 3-0 humiliation in the preceding one-day series against Australia. He said despite losing the services of the key bowlers due to injuries the victory in the match was special. He said victory against any side was always important in a Test, especially against Australia and being on losing track before heading into the match.

Misbah said the new players bring a lot of energy and determination in the team and they remained hungry for the victory and success. He said though his bowlers were new at international level but they had a lot of playing experience in the First Class cricket, which and had helped them a lot.  "These bowlers are young at international level, but they have a lot of experience in first-class level. They know how to bowl longer spells and build pressure. Their temperament was wonderful. This will really give a lot of confidence to the youngsters who've just joined us."

Misbah admitted that the drop chances were frustrating and they were getting under pressure. But the captain praised his bowlers as they did not panic and delivered at last. “Of course, you want to finish such games early. I was a bit worried as captain and it worries the coach also, because if it goes till the end then it’s a worry for us, we missed four chances but that’s cricket and you have to forget that and you have got to have belief that you can do it and the boys made it,” said Misbah.

Misbah said individual performances and names always did the trick for the team but the way his team played as a unit that was more important. “Everybody delivered when it was needed. Batsmen made runs when I was needed, bowlers gave us breakthroughs. Everybody played his part very well and that’s what matters most as a team.”

Misbah said it was his decision to skip the third one-dayer and thanked the PCB chief and coaches and management for helping him in rebuilding his confidence. He said even the people who were criticizing him during the time when he was giving performance back at home also backed him during his lean patch and that has really helped him to regain his confidence and self-belief.” Misbah also lauded man-of-the match Younus Khan saying he is the legend of the game and a role model for the youngsters.”

Australian captain Michael Clarke Sunday said Australia had improved their batting against spin since last year's whitewash against India, after suffering a massive defeat in the first Test against Pakistan.

Clarke said Australia could take a lot of encouragement from Smith's and Johnson's efforts with the bat. "I'm obviously very disappointed with the result but really impressed with the way Steve Smith and Mitchell Johnson in particular showed a lot of grit today and fought their backside off," Clarke said. "That's part of the Australian way. We certainly weren't going to turn up here today and throw our wickets away. We were going to fight as long as we could and I thought those two played really well in tough conditions."

Clarke denied Australia had learned nothing since the 4-0 debacle in India, though the latest defeat is Australia's fifth on the trot in Asia. "I think we've certainly improved as a team. I think we obviously have more work to do in these conditions," Clarke said. "But you've seen some examples – David Warner making a hundred, Smith making 50, the way Mitch played today – you've seen some examples of players certainly improving in these conditions. Unfortunately the result is the same as what it was in India. But I think as a team in general we've improved out of sight since that series, for a number of reasons."

Australia's batsmen could not read the varying spin from Pakistan's spinners, Clarke said. "You bowl the exact same ball, one ball spins this far and the next ball skids on," Clarke said. Clarke is confident Australia can regroup and improve for the second Test, starting Thursday in Abu Dhabi, which it must win to level the two-match series.

Their fielding is one area which required improvement, Clarke said. "Certainly you would have seen throughout the Ashes series and in South Africa we caught very well," Clarke said. "When you lose the toss on a very flat wicket you can't afford to drop catches, in Pakistan's first innings especially. Think we got outplayed in this Test match, simple as that. I think Pakistan played some really good cricket in conditions they're accustomed to, and we got outplayed in all three facets of the game."

Meanwhile, Australian coach Darren Lehmann also endorsed his captain’s views that Australia needed to do more to perform in the sub-continental conditions. Lehmann said his men were failed to acclimatise with the conditions and were suffering. He rejected the notion that two debutants fielded by Australians including Mitchell Marsh and Steve O’Keefe has back fired and said they were the future of the team and they had got invaluable experience. He said they would focus on and would revisit their approach to play spin and may be considered countering the spin threat with sweep shots.

PCB decides to include Younus in ODI squad

LAHORE - Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Sunday decided to include experienced batsman Younus Khan in One-Day International (ODI) squad against New Zealand in November. Younus Khan, who was not picked for the ODI series against Australia in the UAE, has been included in the five-match ODI series after his splendid performance in Dubai Test against Australia. PCB made the decision after seeing splendid performance of Younus, in which he knocked back to back two centuries in the first Test match against Kangaroos. He also broke the record of his teammate player Inzamam-ul-Haq.–Staff Reproter