Proud Younus keen to carry on as milestone beckons

SYDNEY: Younus Khan's disappointment at Pakistan's perilous position in the third test has been mitigated by his first century in Australia and proximity to the exclusive 10,000-run club, the 39-year-old said on Friday.

The right-hander bucked a run of poor recent form to grit out a magnificent 175 in Pakistan's first innings, walking off the Sydney Cricket Ground pitch unbeaten after running out of partners.

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While his century gave him a full set of hundreds in test-playing nations, the lack of support from his team mates left him 36 shy of becoming the first Pakistani batsman to score 10,000 test runs.

But even if Pakistan finished day four of the test staring a 3-0 series sweep in the face with one wicket down and 410 runs from an unlikely victory, it was not about to spoil his pleasure.

"Javed Miandad is there, Zaheer Abbas is there. There are a lot of great players there. Inzamam (ul-Haq) is also there," he said.

"I don't feel I will be the greatest batsman ever for Pakistan.

"But when I leave the field and ultimately retire this is my wish. They all remember me like 'he is a fighter and he played hardest for his country and his team mates'."