Pakistan v Australia 2012 August 22, 2012

UAE heat should help Australia - Rixon

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The UAE heat should prepare Australia well for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, Australia's acting coach Steve Rixon has said. Even though the ODIs on the trip start at 6pm local time, meaning they will finish past midnight, there were still concerns, expressed by the Australian Cricketers' Association, about the playing conditions.

"We knew what we were going to get and when someone says it's 40 degrees then you know it's going to be hot, " Rixon said upon the team's arrival in the UAE, where Australia play a total of four ODIs and three T20s. "Most of the players have been in places with access to that kind of weather and have acclimatised accordingly so now it's not as big a deal (as it might have been in the past).

"Our hydration people have been working on this for close to six months, putting checks and patterns in motion (to help the players cope). If we sit here and talk about the weather all day (then) we're not getting the job done.

"It's a bonus for us to be playing here as it's important for us to be getting miles in the legs [ahead of the World Twenty20] and this is the best place to be doing it. Whatever happens here will be a very big stepping stone to us being successful in Sri Lanka. If we get through this, Sri Lanka will seem like a holiday resort."

The ODIs are expected to go on until 1.45am, something new for the teams to adapt to. "It's one of the few times in my 30-odd years involved in international cricket where we will be looking to keep players up at night to make sure they get their [sleeping] patterns right," Rixon said.

"We won't see the sun and we're in night cricket mode, albeit it will still be warm and the idea is to get into some sort of pattern so that when the first match comes around the players have adjusted their body clocks so that it works for them. Breakfast will probably be between 11 and 1 every day."

Australia's captain Michael Clarke tweeted on arrival: "Just landed in Dubai. 5.30am and it's 37 degrees Celsius ... Think we are in for a hot couple of weeks."

Australia's tour begins with an ODI against Afghanistan on August 25. They then play Pakistan in three ODIs and three T20s.

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  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 24, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 I predict Australia will do very well in the T20s. Remember, they made the final of the last T20 WC and were the dominant team going into the final before a freakishly unlucky first two overs saw them at 3/8. AUS doesn't take T20s seriously normally, but they will be here.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    I dn't know why my countrymen ovr.estimatng my pak team here.recent form of both odi teams as wel as their batng z equally pathtic n dis.apointng,ths vry pak team couldn't hold on to finn,s pace ,neithr clarke nor misbha z ideals 4 quicke formats.I GUES IT Z 50.50 4 ODI SERIES N PAK GONA TAKE T20 SERIES.

  • POSTED BY timtom on | August 23, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Well well well..Series being written off in favour off PAK even before a ball is bowled....AUS is going to win this ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Good Luck my Lovely Team Pakistan, Both Teams Are Going Face a Challenge of getting start winning before World cup, I hope Team Pakistan will do better, because Australia Looks weaker then before... but Australia is still a Very Good team, and Can beat any team, be aware Dear Pakistani Team, Best Wishes for both teams, I want to see Some Close Games.....

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | August 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    this will be a low scoring series

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    ODIS WOULD BE CLOSE BUT T20 WILL DEFINITELY BE WON BY PAK .

  • POSTED BY myers74 on | August 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The weather here is not dry at all at the moment. It has high humidity between May and September and temperatures stay above 40 during the day. At night you might be luckier, with it being down around 30 at night if you are lucky. The humidity has been up to 89% in the past 2 weeks.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Pakistan, we are not England, you won't win!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | August 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Goodluck to the Paskistanis this series, but not to much, i will always remember wasim and co going at us, some great memories of Pakistan playing in the tri series in our summers past.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | August 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    yes its hot in the UAE but to be honest, the conditions arent similar to Sri Lanka where imho its the humiditiy that is the killer there...should be a good series but I think Pakistan will edge it...

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 24, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 I predict Australia will do very well in the T20s. Remember, they made the final of the last T20 WC and were the dominant team going into the final before a freakishly unlucky first two overs saw them at 3/8. AUS doesn't take T20s seriously normally, but they will be here.

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | August 24, 2012, 4:51 GMT

    I dn't know why my countrymen ovr.estimatng my pak team here.recent form of both odi teams as wel as their batng z equally pathtic n dis.apointng,ths vry pak team couldn't hold on to finn,s pace ,neithr clarke nor misbha z ideals 4 quicke formats.I GUES IT Z 50.50 4 ODI SERIES N PAK GONA TAKE T20 SERIES.

  • POSTED BY timtom on | August 23, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Well well well..Series being written off in favour off PAK even before a ball is bowled....AUS is going to win this ..

  • POSTED BY on | August 23, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    Good Luck my Lovely Team Pakistan, Both Teams Are Going Face a Challenge of getting start winning before World cup, I hope Team Pakistan will do better, because Australia Looks weaker then before... but Australia is still a Very Good team, and Can beat any team, be aware Dear Pakistani Team, Best Wishes for both teams, I want to see Some Close Games.....

  • POSTED BY RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on | August 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    this will be a low scoring series

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    ODIS WOULD BE CLOSE BUT T20 WILL DEFINITELY BE WON BY PAK .

  • POSTED BY myers74 on | August 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    The weather here is not dry at all at the moment. It has high humidity between May and September and temperatures stay above 40 during the day. At night you might be luckier, with it being down around 30 at night if you are lucky. The humidity has been up to 89% in the past 2 weeks.

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Pakistan, we are not England, you won't win!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | August 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Goodluck to the Paskistanis this series, but not to much, i will always remember wasim and co going at us, some great memories of Pakistan playing in the tri series in our summers past.

  • POSTED BY yorkslanka on | August 23, 2012, 8:00 GMT

    yes its hot in the UAE but to be honest, the conditions arent similar to Sri Lanka where imho its the humiditiy that is the killer there...should be a good series but I think Pakistan will edge it...

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | August 23, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    Well this series is all done and dusted with Pakistan winning because Australia can't play spin and are not used to the conditions. How simple is the game of cricket! Just as well we don't have to deal with a reality where multiple factors come into play. @QaisarJaan you need a slight reality ujustment too. The article is written about Rixon and his thoughts about the team. That is a perfectly normal piece of journalism, and nothing to do with "arrogance". Perhaps you need to start looking at the world as it is in 2012, not circa 1948.

  • POSTED BY dsig3 on | August 23, 2012, 7:04 GMT

    Good to see the Pakistan fans are all guaranteeing series wins before a ball has been bowled. I would wait and see with this series. Aus are no longer consistent, we can be awful or unbelievable. Alot like......Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 23, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    @ProdigyA, you say "Looks like Aus is doing a favour to Pak by playing cricket". Hang on dont you know this series is a part of the ICC FTP? Then from what you say since 2010, teams like South Africa, Sri Lanka, England which visited UAE also did a favor to Pakistan by playing cricket? Pakistan are a great side which can win against any team anywhere. Have a look at their overall test record. Just look at Pakistan's win loss ration in tests since they got test status. With no home cricket, they are simply excellent. Pakistan has the best spin attack in the world today. Pakistan's win loss ration in test cricket is even better than that of South Africa. Have a look at this link please. http://stats.espncricinfo.com/india-v-new-zealand-2012/content/records/283877.html

  • POSTED BY Sinhaya on | August 23, 2012, 0:27 GMT

    Pakistan will be the winners here. This series will be by and large low scores as wickets are relatively slow and the Pakistani spinners can make merry. Afridi and Hafeez may end up been the best of Pakistani spinners as I feel Ajmal may have been studied a lot by opponents. Pakistan's recent record against Aussies is not that great mainly cos Aussies never toured Pakistan since 1998. England toured Pakistan twice in 2000 and 2005, like SA toured Pakistan in 2003 and 2007. After all, it was Pakistan who ended Australia's unbroken run of wins in the world cup which happened last year. So Pakistan currently are the favorites.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | August 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    @QaisarJaan: As the acting Australian coach, I think Rixon is entitled to look at things from the Australian team's position. I don't think it's ego, necessarily. How the opposition prepares is their own business - Rixon's job is to prepare his own players, and they're the ones he's responsible for.

  • POSTED BY Jediroya on | August 22, 2012, 21:30 GMT

    UAE is dry most of the year but in August it can be quite humid.

  • POSTED BY kapoorkap on | August 22, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    Poor guy Rixon , just want to update your knowledge on weather UAE will be hot and dry whereas Srilanka will be more sweating and Humid conditions .

    I dnt think these conditions will help to prepare and Pakistan will be easily winning this.

  • POSTED BY Dilbar786 on | August 22, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    I believe thy were complaining abt it before

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 19:55 GMT

    I think we'll win in ODI 2-1 because of Kami's lower order hitting, and Azhar Ali and Nasir Jamshed are in good form, and in t20 2-1 because Kamran Akmal and Afridi are in good hitting form, but still Aussies have a thin Middle Order, with only M.Hussey and M.Clarke the established Batsman, so i think if we can dismiss Haddin and Watson with the new ball than its gonna be hard for they're lower order

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    @getsetgopk: Actually you have a point there. Our team has a poor record against Pakistan in Sharjah. Given the kind of reputation Pakistan have at the UAE, the region should have become Pakistan's official overseas 'home'. Wasn't even one of Pakistan's ex cricketers Asif Iqbal a part of the Sharjah Cricket Council in the 90s ?

  • POSTED BY QaisarJaan on | August 22, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    He talks like only Aussies are playing. The age long Aussie ego is still inflated despite so many pondering in recent time. I am from Pakistan but I always support the other team (even if India) against the Aussies. I hope the Aussies get a stern lesson in UAE and in SL next month

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Aussies always say such things showing their fears over heat n conditions ... but when they play they adapt even better than asian teams ...... so be ready everyone for a same show;-)

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | August 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Pak will be the favorites to win as they have advantage of playing in sub-continent with spin attack from both ends.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | August 22, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Aaja Bache let's play Cricket in Dubai.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 22, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I don't think that dry desert heat will be preparation for humid and hot Sri Lankan conditions.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | August 22, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I am surprised by aussies attitude towards heat. This aussies team is disrespect to past aussie teams. So sad to see Clarke comments. Man up guys.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 22, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Looks like Aus is doing a favour to Pak by playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY Crazy4cricket40 on | August 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    good to see Ausies being positive. However I think result will be 2-1 and 2-1 in favour of paksitan in odi and t-20s as pakistan is more experienced in playing such conditions and thier team also looks more balanced then australia.

  • POSTED BY Me_A_Gemini on | August 22, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Come on!!! Be a man!!!! :P

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | August 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Both teams will be playing under the same conditions, Pakistan dont have an advantage there but we have a history of playing really well in UAE, we have skinned India in UAE in 80's and 90's until their government decided to ban Indian national team from playing in UAE especially sharjah!

  • POSTED BY Mr.Moody on | August 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Pak Oz series will be good one...both teams have got some dashing ODI players. best wishes to both great teams

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  • POSTED BY Mr.Moody on | August 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT

    Pak Oz series will be good one...both teams have got some dashing ODI players. best wishes to both great teams

  • POSTED BY getsetgopk on | August 22, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Both teams will be playing under the same conditions, Pakistan dont have an advantage there but we have a history of playing really well in UAE, we have skinned India in UAE in 80's and 90's until their government decided to ban Indian national team from playing in UAE especially sharjah!

  • POSTED BY Me_A_Gemini on | August 22, 2012, 15:46 GMT

    Come on!!! Be a man!!!! :P

  • POSTED BY Crazy4cricket40 on | August 22, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    good to see Ausies being positive. However I think result will be 2-1 and 2-1 in favour of paksitan in odi and t-20s as pakistan is more experienced in playing such conditions and thier team also looks more balanced then australia.

  • POSTED BY ProdigyA on | August 22, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Looks like Aus is doing a favour to Pak by playing cricket.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | August 22, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I am surprised by aussies attitude towards heat. This aussies team is disrespect to past aussie teams. So sad to see Clarke comments. Man up guys.

  • POSTED BY xylo on | August 22, 2012, 17:33 GMT

    I don't think that dry desert heat will be preparation for humid and hot Sri Lankan conditions.

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | August 22, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    Aaja Bache let's play Cricket in Dubai.

  • POSTED BY Porky_PigTheToon on | August 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT

    Pak will be the favorites to win as they have advantage of playing in sub-continent with spin attack from both ends.

  • POSTED BY on | August 22, 2012, 18:17 GMT

    Aussies always say such things showing their fears over heat n conditions ... but when they play they adapt even better than asian teams ...... so be ready everyone for a same show;-)