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It's not easy to play Australia in their backyard: Younus

cricket Updated: Jan 19, 2010 12:28 IST

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Senior batsman Younus Khan has come out in support of underfire Pakistan skipper Mohammed Yousuf, saying playing against Australia in their own den is no mean task.

Pakistan were blanked 0-3 by Australia in the Test series which concluded yesterday with their crushing 241-run defeat in Hobart.

Criticism flowed in from all sides following the heavy defeat as several former players railed the team for their spineless show.

"I think the board should continue with him. People are criticizing him but I think a tour to Australia is tough for any captain and all teams tend to turn defensive while playing in Australia," he said before leaving for Australia to join the team for the one-day series.

Yousuf had requested the national selectors and cricket Board to send Younus to Australia to bolster the batting in the Test series but his appeal was turned down.

But now Younus has been recalled to the one-day squad.

Younus said he was looking forward to playing for the country again and but he was not interested in leading the side.

"I don't think I will ever accept the captaincy again. It brings too much pressure on you and it was affecting my form. I just want to enjoy my remaining years in international cricket as a senior batsman and try to contribute as much as I can to the team," he said.