Pakistan v Australia 2012 July 15, 2012

Australia need to 'adjust' to UAE conditions - Sutherland

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Cricket Australia (CA) chief executive James Sutherland has said Australia will 'need to adjust to' the conditions in the UAE for their upcoming series against Pakistan, but the required adjustment will not be 'that significant'.

Australia are set to play three Twenty20s and three ODIs in the UAE in in August and September, with the matches beginning in the late evening to avoid the worst of the daytime heat. The heat and the decision to start the one-dayers at 6pm - meaning the scheduled finish is 1.45am - continue to be an issue with the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA) though.

"It'll be hot, but the sun's not going to be shining and that's probably the really important factor there," Sutherland told AAP. "In terms of the hours, it's not ideal but at the same time it's just an adjustment that the players will need to [make]. It's the same for both teams.

"There are many people in the world who work different hours and these will be different hours for our players, unconventional hours for cricket perhaps. But the game's only going a couple of hours later than it would ordinarily, so I'm not sure that adjustment is really that significant."

CA officials will visit the UAE next week, to assess the conditions. There had been much debate over the actual make-up of the series, which is a 'home' series for Pakistan. The ACA had expressed its concerns about playing ODIs in such hot weather, prompting the series to be changed to a six-match Twenty20 affair, which was approved by the ICC in June. However, the PCB then approached the Australian board, putting forward a request to review the composition of the series once again. ESPNcricinfo understands that the series' broadcaster had objected to six Twenty20s for commercial reasons. The new schedule was announced by the PCB earlier this month.

The venue of the series had also been an issue. It was initially scheduled to be played in Sri Lanka but Pakistan were forced to search for an alternate venue after Sri Lanka backed out in May, citing the clash in the dates with the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League.

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  • hyclass on July 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    The proliferation of meaningless series and dilution of the cricket brand through endless format changes make it increasingly difficult to know or care what cricket stands for.It was once the great bastion of the high virtues and its arrival greatly anticipated due to its greater scarcity.As this article exemplifies,its entirely a servant of the media machine that services it financially.While modern business is an unavoidable reality,to turn cricket into a television series is as much a threat to its quality and longevity as any other tv programme devised for entertainment that inevitably reaches a tv audience use by date.The weather,results and participants are far less poignant than the banality of action for actions sake that this series represents.

  • kensohatter on July 17, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Depends which Pakistan team turns up. Pakistan have always had the talent to beat any side but rarely have they been able to sustain good performances for a full series. Without a pakistan home crowd i give this series to australia

  • crackingshot32170 on July 16, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    THAT MEANS PAKISTAN HAS A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN THE SERIES

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I dont know how will Aussies handle the Pakistani spin in the UAE. Aussies have so far been untested against high class spin bowling lately. Only Hussey and Clarke are good against spin bowling really.

  • wrenx on July 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Gotta say Australia have the edge here, even coming off a poor tour. Having Hussey back in the middle will help, though it's a shame they've gone so long with no Test cricket. I like Australia for the ODIs 3-0. T20s are always anyone's game, but it'll probably be Aus 2-1

  • Cricket_Man on July 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I'd like to thank Mr. James Sutherland for understanding PCB's point of view regarding the commercial aspect of the three one-dayers. I know it would be tough for the Aussie players but i guess Pakistan being a strong team on the international radar needs help from other strong cricket boards in this difficult time. Thanks CA and hopefully it would be an exciting and environmentally comfortable series for the Aussie and Pakistani cricketers.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Guys. The home test matches have been played last year in England and this is the shorter version of the Austrailia tour to "Pakistan". Pakistan is pretty bad in ODIs lately and therefore it will be very hard for them to beat Austrailia. Lets see!

  • popcorn on July 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    The ONLY reason I can see to FORCE Australia to play in the HOT UAE is MONEY. At the cost of draining the cricketers of the salt from their bodies? Since when have our cricketers becomre expendable, and what is ACA doing about this? Why not play in Kuala Lumpur or Darwin or Cairns AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? Why can't Australia REFUSE to play in the UAE? I hope better sense will prevail and this meaningless series is called off.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    The ICC should think about the viewer & ignored these limited overs & given us 4 test matches.Pakistan & Australia is always going to attract major attention.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Australia are lacking technical ability...thats the only matter.David Warner,Peter Forrest,Mathew Wade & George Bailey lacked footwork & concentration against high class bowling.Bailey did look like a good option to persist with.An important decision that has to be made is Michael Clarke batting at #3.

  • hyclass on July 18, 2012, 13:34 GMT

    The proliferation of meaningless series and dilution of the cricket brand through endless format changes make it increasingly difficult to know or care what cricket stands for.It was once the great bastion of the high virtues and its arrival greatly anticipated due to its greater scarcity.As this article exemplifies,its entirely a servant of the media machine that services it financially.While modern business is an unavoidable reality,to turn cricket into a television series is as much a threat to its quality and longevity as any other tv programme devised for entertainment that inevitably reaches a tv audience use by date.The weather,results and participants are far less poignant than the banality of action for actions sake that this series represents.

  • kensohatter on July 17, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    Depends which Pakistan team turns up. Pakistan have always had the talent to beat any side but rarely have they been able to sustain good performances for a full series. Without a pakistan home crowd i give this series to australia

  • crackingshot32170 on July 16, 2012, 18:50 GMT

    THAT MEANS PAKISTAN HAS A BETTER CHANCE TO WIN THE SERIES

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 16:17 GMT

    I dont know how will Aussies handle the Pakistani spin in the UAE. Aussies have so far been untested against high class spin bowling lately. Only Hussey and Clarke are good against spin bowling really.

  • wrenx on July 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Gotta say Australia have the edge here, even coming off a poor tour. Having Hussey back in the middle will help, though it's a shame they've gone so long with no Test cricket. I like Australia for the ODIs 3-0. T20s are always anyone's game, but it'll probably be Aus 2-1

  • Cricket_Man on July 16, 2012, 14:03 GMT

    I'd like to thank Mr. James Sutherland for understanding PCB's point of view regarding the commercial aspect of the three one-dayers. I know it would be tough for the Aussie players but i guess Pakistan being a strong team on the international radar needs help from other strong cricket boards in this difficult time. Thanks CA and hopefully it would be an exciting and environmentally comfortable series for the Aussie and Pakistani cricketers.

  • on July 16, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Guys. The home test matches have been played last year in England and this is the shorter version of the Austrailia tour to "Pakistan". Pakistan is pretty bad in ODIs lately and therefore it will be very hard for them to beat Austrailia. Lets see!

  • popcorn on July 16, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    The ONLY reason I can see to FORCE Australia to play in the HOT UAE is MONEY. At the cost of draining the cricketers of the salt from their bodies? Since when have our cricketers becomre expendable, and what is ACA doing about this? Why not play in Kuala Lumpur or Darwin or Cairns AT THIS TIME OF YEAR? Why can't Australia REFUSE to play in the UAE? I hope better sense will prevail and this meaningless series is called off.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    The ICC should think about the viewer & ignored these limited overs & given us 4 test matches.Pakistan & Australia is always going to attract major attention.

  • S.Jagernath on July 16, 2012, 10:09 GMT

    Australia are lacking technical ability...thats the only matter.David Warner,Peter Forrest,Mathew Wade & George Bailey lacked footwork & concentration against high class bowling.Bailey did look like a good option to persist with.An important decision that has to be made is Michael Clarke batting at #3.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    A lot of people commenting here do not understand Aussies tactics. Aussies said after the loss by 4-0 to POMS, they could not adjust very well. But now, before the series they are complaining about the heat as they already know the result. I would not be surprised Aussies loose to even Afghan.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    To all those who are talking about Aussies adjustment. They have already got adjusted under PUP's captaincy and Mickey Arthur's coaching to loose every series. This is another 3-0 loss to PAK.

  • AKS286 on July 16, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    yes ajmal,rehman,hafeez definately trouble the Oz specially their young side. playing in sub-continent & UAE Oz need experience players like M.hussey, punter,. earlier when PUNTER was captain no matter whatever pitch whereever you played Oz gonna thrash like they always do. but the scenario is different its a Pup's captaincy. symonds, harvey are the key players of punter in this type of condition. Oz requires wicket to wicket steady, accurate, tight light length spinner which is BEER. pace bowlers can do nothing i think Hopes, mcdonald join the team.

  • landl47 on July 16, 2012, 3:01 GMT

    If the adjustments referred to are adjusting to the heat and late starts, I don't think Aus will have much problem. Adjusting to the wickets might be a more difficult challenge. It's a pity this series doesn't include test matches. I like Australia's chances, because Pakistan's spinners aren't nearly as effective with no fielders round the bat.

  • Ozcricketwriter on July 16, 2012, 2:48 GMT

    Australia should tour Pakistan, no doubt about it. The inability to host matches in their own country continues to be an enormous problem and the ICC should see this as their top priority.

  • on July 16, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    I wonder how they can play a one day series in August. It will be very hot out there and humidity. Not good climate for Cricket. Winning chance is very low for AUS.

  • Captain_Oblivious on July 16, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    There's nothing wrong with Pakistan playing in Sharjah, that's just the way it is and we should all accept this. More to the point, why are matches played in Sharjah during the height of a Middle Eastern summer? Good thinking. Also, why are Australia playing these useless ODI tournaments in the first place during the players' offseason? Is it too much to ask cricket administrators to show a little commonsense? I still remember the test match Australia and Pakistan played in 2003 where the temperatures were above 50C, with Australia bowling Pakistan for 50-odd in both innings. One of the greatest performances in history IMO, which unfortunately tends to be overlooked. If a player dies from heat exhaustion, the administrators should be sued for every last penny.

  • zenboomerang on July 16, 2012, 1:36 GMT

    @omar.choudhary... You do realised that the ACA hasn't realised any new objections?... This is just the media rehashing an old story, just for a bit of a beat up... Check the ACA website - nothing on the frontpage & you have to dig very deep into the news stories...

  • johntycodes on July 16, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    I can't stand all this talk about the heat. Australia is one of the hottest countries in the world and in our summer it gets to high 40's temperature so what's the big deal?

  • welly1 on July 16, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    When was James Sutherland named coach?

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    AUS has already found excuses when they loose the matches.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on July 16, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    It is better AUS play with AFG. If AUS can beat AFG then we can assum AUS will improve their current level. PAK will definitely thrash AUS.

  • Sinhaya on July 16, 2012, 0:14 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs, tests will be played in 2014 August as per the FTP. Hope Pakistan will be safe to host teams by then.

  • Hammond on July 15, 2012, 22:56 GMT

    Ajmal is going to make the Aussies look like third graders. Get your excuses ready again Gentlemen.

  • tasliskr on July 15, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    and one more thing .....smith should not kept in team till he matures as a solid batsman and wade used only in one format of the game ..otherwise we may loose this young talent at his early ages itself.

  • johnathonjosephs on July 15, 2012, 20:44 GMT

    NO TESTS??? What madness is this?

  • PakFan1209 on July 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    I think if Pakistan win the first odi Australia will be in alot of pressure and Pakistan can take advantage of it. best of luck to both the teams

  • tasliskr on July 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    aus need to reconstruct their team...my opinion is to have very solid opening pair to make the foundation of our team.......i didn't see any recent matches where aussie had scored 300+ runs.we need players like finch,voges,white/ bailey,khwaja in middle, scoring some quick runs with clarke @ hussey. Or d.hussey should bat@no.3 position,he is the only batsman who is in good touch and needs more time in middle to explode . bowlers like pattinson ,doherthy should be avoided from odi's with forrest. and replace them with coulternile,richardson/mcdermott,hauritz/beer/holland immediately ...i think it would give an immediate result in our recovering process, otherwise we would have to surrender our no.1 odi position to any other team

  • frozendilemma on July 15, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    these matches are going to be nice coz both teams are not good enough...

  • teamxxx on July 15, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    well i dont know why the players association is doing all this ...as we all know as a professional player u need to travel a lot.its up to the player how early he sets himself to the different time zones,well if a cricketer is playing in AUS or NZL their time zone is totally change to that of India/Pak/Sl/Bdesh,and similarly asian time to west indies time...or south african time to asian times likewise UK or EUROPE.whenever u r travelling u will always get different time zone.so if u r a real professional cricketer like Sachin,,dravid,,Inzi,,Lara OR any other great player or side u needs to be adjusted to different conditions n atmospheres, u are not going to get home conditions outside home...so behave like Aussies of 99 till 2007 when they continuously won the world cups 3 times outside Australia,on different soils.on different conditions and on different time zones...

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    ACA is getting unreasonable with their continued opposition of the way the series is set to be played.6 T20s will be too much and monotony is one thing not appreciated by fans.its not exactly chilly in australia during summers.some days can actually be quite sweltering with temperatures hitting 40C in places like Melbourne.players must get on with it.PCB has already pushed the limits by agreeing to start the ODIs at 6pm local time which means a 7pm start in Pakistan.so ACA has already caused a fair amount of inconvenience to millions of viewers in Pakistan.

  • getsetgopk on July 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    I dont think there will be any real adjustments needed for two reasons, first, its just three ODI's thats going to end late around 2 AM, on just 3 occasions I think no body should have any issues staying up till 2. 2ndly the heat wont be that bigger issue either, because the only time players will be out in the field when they are fielding thats about 3 and a half hours and when they go out to bat lets say on average shouldn't be more than 1.5 hours, dressing rooms will be fully air conditioned so overall not much of an issue in terms of heat. Now may the best team win!

  • AKS286 on July 15, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    clarke bowling is the key for uae matches. my odi team warner, watson/marsh, paine, clarke, voges,d.hussey,mcdonald, hilfy,copeland,beer, doherty.

  • visha_pb on July 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    It is Great idea to play cricket in UAE on Aug-sep . But i don't think any body who suggest this, have any idea or real experience about how the heat will be in the night also. Its burning bro......... its burning.

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    In my view Aus will struggle against Pak spin attack.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 15, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Well I would've thought this was common sense, and goes without saying really. But, on saying that, look what happened to England... we didn't adjust very well at all...

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  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on July 15, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Well I would've thought this was common sense, and goes without saying really. But, on saying that, look what happened to England... we didn't adjust very well at all...

  • on July 15, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    In my view Aus will struggle against Pak spin attack.

  • visha_pb on July 15, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    It is Great idea to play cricket in UAE on Aug-sep . But i don't think any body who suggest this, have any idea or real experience about how the heat will be in the night also. Its burning bro......... its burning.

  • AKS286 on July 15, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    clarke bowling is the key for uae matches. my odi team warner, watson/marsh, paine, clarke, voges,d.hussey,mcdonald, hilfy,copeland,beer, doherty.

  • getsetgopk on July 15, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    I dont think there will be any real adjustments needed for two reasons, first, its just three ODI's thats going to end late around 2 AM, on just 3 occasions I think no body should have any issues staying up till 2. 2ndly the heat wont be that bigger issue either, because the only time players will be out in the field when they are fielding thats about 3 and a half hours and when they go out to bat lets say on average shouldn't be more than 1.5 hours, dressing rooms will be fully air conditioned so overall not much of an issue in terms of heat. Now may the best team win!

  • on July 15, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    ACA is getting unreasonable with their continued opposition of the way the series is set to be played.6 T20s will be too much and monotony is one thing not appreciated by fans.its not exactly chilly in australia during summers.some days can actually be quite sweltering with temperatures hitting 40C in places like Melbourne.players must get on with it.PCB has already pushed the limits by agreeing to start the ODIs at 6pm local time which means a 7pm start in Pakistan.so ACA has already caused a fair amount of inconvenience to millions of viewers in Pakistan.

  • teamxxx on July 15, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    well i dont know why the players association is doing all this ...as we all know as a professional player u need to travel a lot.its up to the player how early he sets himself to the different time zones,well if a cricketer is playing in AUS or NZL their time zone is totally change to that of India/Pak/Sl/Bdesh,and similarly asian time to west indies time...or south african time to asian times likewise UK or EUROPE.whenever u r travelling u will always get different time zone.so if u r a real professional cricketer like Sachin,,dravid,,Inzi,,Lara OR any other great player or side u needs to be adjusted to different conditions n atmospheres, u are not going to get home conditions outside home...so behave like Aussies of 99 till 2007 when they continuously won the world cups 3 times outside Australia,on different soils.on different conditions and on different time zones...

  • frozendilemma on July 15, 2012, 19:57 GMT

    these matches are going to be nice coz both teams are not good enough...

  • tasliskr on July 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    aus need to reconstruct their team...my opinion is to have very solid opening pair to make the foundation of our team.......i didn't see any recent matches where aussie had scored 300+ runs.we need players like finch,voges,white/ bailey,khwaja in middle, scoring some quick runs with clarke @ hussey. Or d.hussey should bat@no.3 position,he is the only batsman who is in good touch and needs more time in middle to explode . bowlers like pattinson ,doherthy should be avoided from odi's with forrest. and replace them with coulternile,richardson/mcdermott,hauritz/beer/holland immediately ...i think it would give an immediate result in our recovering process, otherwise we would have to surrender our no.1 odi position to any other team

  • PakFan1209 on July 15, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    I think if Pakistan win the first odi Australia will be in alot of pressure and Pakistan can take advantage of it. best of luck to both the teams