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Michael Clarke praises outgoing Misbah, Afridi

ADELAIDE: Australia captain Michael Clarke paid rich tributes to Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul Haq and all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who quit one-day international cricket after their six-wicket defeat to the World Cup hosts.

“They have been fantastic, experienced players,” Clarke said. “Misbah is a good leader and Boom Boom Afridi is a one of a kind, a real entertainer. We have had some tough challenges in the past. I wish them both well in future,” the Australian skipper said.

Misbah, 40, failed to get a one-day hundred in his entire career of 162 one-day internationals. His final run tally was 5,122 runs — the most runs by any player in one-dayers without a hundred.

Misbah managed 34 in Pakistan’s sub-par total of 213 all out against Australia at the Adelaide Oval.

Misbah’s highest one-day score was 96 came against the West Indies at The Oval in the 2013 Champions Trophy.“I put my whole effort into it but that didn’t come and it will be a disappointment but I enjoyed my career and I am satisfied.”


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