ABU DHABI - Stand-in captain Shahid Afridi believes Pakistan's abysmal performance in their 3-0 rout by Australia will hurt the team's chances at next year's World Cup. Pakistan spurned a good chance of salvaging some pride in the third and final one-dayer on Sunday, losing by one run in the final over in Abu Dhabi. Needing just two to win in the 50th and final over, Pakistan lost Sohail Tanvir (ten) off spinner Glenn Maxwell's second ball and then Mohammad Irfan (nought) off the last.

Afridi said Pakistan cannot go into the World Cup in February and March in Australia and New Zealand with such performances. "If we are not able to win on these pitches then we have to think we can't go into the World Cup with these performances," said Afridi. Pakistan have now lost five straight one-dayers after losing the last two in a 2-1 defeat in Sri Lanka in August. Afridi said the batsmen once again spoilt the good work of the bowlers who kept Australia down to 231-9 in 50 overs on Sunday.

"If you look overall we have spoilt the good work of the bowlers," said Afridi of the attack which saw paceman Sohail Tanvir taking 3-40 and himself finishing with 2-44. "On this pitch it looked as if they will get 280-plus. We managed to keep them down to 231 but from the Twenty20 game to the third one-dayer our problem has been a lack of partnerships. When we build a partnership our wickets start to fall," said Afridi, who is Pakistan's Twenty20 captain. Pakistan lost the only Twenty20 which preceded the one-day series by five wickets in Dubai.

On Sunday, Pakistan were without regular one-day captain Misbah-ul-Haq who opted to rest because of a poor run of scores.  "The Pakistan captaincy is not an easy job," said Afridi when asked why Misbah stepped aside. "It was Misbah's own decision to rest."

When asked would he like to continue the one-day captaincy until the World Cup, Afridi said: "I think whoever is captain -- Misbah or me -- we should know about it. If I am to captain in the World Cup then I should know about it."

Meanwhile, Afridi said that his style of leadership was extremely different from Misbah. "I know being aggressive sometime costs you game but captain is the one who sets an example," Afridi said. "But I strongly believe result and performance is something that comes later as the first thing is the effort and fight. Your body language on the field is the reflection of your intentions and people will look beyond the result or performance when they see your efforts," he said. "No one can predict that a player will take five wickets or score a 50. So what we can ensure is the fight regardless of the result at the end of the day."

Afridi had led Pakistan between August 2009 and the World Cup in 2011 before regaining the T20 captaincy ahead of the current series. With Misbah saying that it's not given that he would lead the side in the World Cup, some uncertainty has cropped up around the position. Afridi's aggressive style of leadership offers a contrasting option to Misbah's methods. However, Afridi added that he did not expect everyone to follow his approach and an individual should stick to the style suited to him.

"Every captain has his own approach and I can't be Misbah and Misbah can't be Afridi," he said.

"If he is comfortable with his approach then what is the problem? But players around him should not become Misbah. Each player has his own strengths and he should carry out what he is capable of rather than suppressing himself. If he [Misbah] is winning matches with his approach then what is the problem? I am different and have an aggressive nature. I love to play aggressive cricket because people in my country are aggressive, my players are aggressive and I want them to play aggressive cricket. I love watching them playing aggressive in the field. I know when they play aggressive cricket, they are expressing themselves."