Pakistan’s skipper became the oldest man in 82 years of cricketing history to score a century in the test match against England at Lord’s.
At 42 years of age, the veteran batsman hit a century to power the Pakistan team at 282 for 6 at the end of first day’s play in the inaugural test match of the series on Thursday.
Pakistan had won the toss and elected to bat but lost their openers early and were reduced to 77-3 before Misbah came on strike. He put up a record fifth wicket stand of 148 runs with Asad Shafiq scoring 73 and himself scoring a 110 not-out in the process.
Mohammad Hafeez (40) and Younis Khan (33) both the experienced campaigners had failed early on to score their healthy starts into a bigger innings.
Misbah celebrated his century by dropping to the ground and doing press ups,A�”We had an army camp before the tour and every time we had to get down and do 10 press-ups. Those in my celebration can’t count because my arm was bent,” he said after becoming the oldest player at 42 years and 47 days to reach three figures since England’s Patsy Hendren achieved the feat at 45 in 1934.
In the bowling department for England , it was Chris Woakes who was the pick for England with figures of 4-45.