Pakistan v Australia 2012 August 22, 2012

UAE heat should help Australia - Rixon

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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.

  • Wicky 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.

  • Biju 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 ..

  • Dummy4 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.....

  • Aswin on August 23, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    this will be a low scoring series

  • rahul on August 23, 2012, 13:53 GMT


  • David 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.

  • Randolph on August 23, 2012, 10:21 GMT

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

  • richard 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.

  • Nilantha 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...

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