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Looking ahead to the three-match Twenty20 series between Pakistan and Australia, Osman Samiuddin in the National writes that while the temptation would be to approach it purely as intense and ideal preparation for the World T20, for Pakistan, it presents, potentially, a more pointed release: a chance, finally, to win a bilateral series against Australia.
For once in their rivalry, Pakistan can claim a numerical superiority, winning more matches than they have lost (even though one of the losses, in the semi-finals of the 2010 World T20, was as traumatic as any Australia have inflicted).
But that edge may not hold for long. Australia, belatedly, are getting serious about Twenty20. They possess plenty of players who can and do traverse formats comfortably, but there are also some who express themselves best over 20 overs.