Pakistan v Australia 2012

Wade concerns force batting re-think

Daniel Brettig

August 27, 2012

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Matthew Wade had to work hard for his 75, Afghanistan v Australia, only ODI, Sharjah, August 25, 2012
Matthew Wade fought hard for 75 against Afghanistan but may find himself batting down the order against Pakistan © AFP
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Matthew Wade's place in the Australian batting order against Pakistan may hinge on the outcome of the coin toss, as concerns mount over his ability to play as an opener after keeping wicket for 50 overs in the enervating heat of Sharjah.

Australia's acting coach - and former Test wicketkeeper - Steve Rixon has flagged the possibility of Wade being sent down the order should Australia field first against Pakistan in the opening match of the series, even suggesting that Michael Hussey may be promoted to open the batting as he does for Chennai, Rixon's IPL team.

In the defeat of Afghanistan, Wade batted at the top of the order and contributed a battling 75 before snaffling three catches. He was noticeably drained by the end, but would be stretched even further with only the dinner break between keeping wicket and opening the batting in a chase.

"Matthew Wade is probably the biggest concern," Rixon said in Sharjah. "He has a dual role to play. If he has to field first, and then go out and do the batting, he's going to look a lot more tired doing it that way than the way he did it last night. He's a guy we will have to manage well and his position in the batting may have a bearing on that."

Rixon made it clear he would welcome the chance to send Hussey up the order, though he demonstrated his value in the middle order with a rapid-fire 49 from 37 balls to ensure Australia reached a strong total against Afghanistan. The captain Michael Clarke, just promoted to No. 3, and the floating George Bailey are other options to open the batting.

"Probably a really positive option would be Mike Hussey," Rixon said, "who has opened with the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League."

Ahead of Australia's first meeting with Pakistan since the 2011 World Cup, Rixon suggested that Australia needed to play to the pace strength demonstrated against Afghanistan, though it is known that Pakistan will stack their side with up to four slow bowlers of quality.

"We've learnt a lot by actually playing a lot of our guys over the years in the Indian Premier League and other subcontinent competitions where we've actually seen how quicks bowling into the wicket with pace can be hard work," Rixon said. "To me, if that's our trump card, by all means we'll be using it accordingly. You don't just play spinners for the sake of it.

"You've got to be getting people who are going to play a role in your side. If that means three or four quicks, or three quicks and say [absent allrounder] Shane Watson to come into your bowling attack, by all means, that will be our attack. It's something we took on board and we'll probably be using it as one of our strengths."

Nonetheless, Clarke was keen to emphasise the importance of handling and using spin bowling as critical to the outcome of the series. Xavier Doherty, Glenn Maxwell and Steven Smith may be used primarily in support of Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson, but Clarke did not wish to underplay their importance to a winning combination.

"Whoever bowls spin the best and whoever plays spin the best will win the series," Clarke said. "Whether it is attacking or defending, the way our spinners bowl is going to be crucial to us having success. It doesn't mean they take all the wickets, as we've seen.

"The Australian way is, for a long time, fast bowlers have had success all around the world. I see this series being no different, but I do believe our spinners are going to play a huge part in us taking 10 wickets in every game."

As for the issue of humidity, Clarke said extra attention had to be paid in the form of sweatbands, and towels. "Probably the most important thing for us is when bowling second, realise how much you're sweating," Clarke said. "So we'll combat that with guys wearing sweatbands, make sure there's towels, to be able to hang onto the ball."

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Posted by bouncedout on (August 28, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Lets be fair, he's never going to set the world alight anyway. Averagre keeper and below average batsman

Posted by Dashgar on (August 28, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

Don't worry Rednwhitearmy, when it comes to cricket England is the biggest hasn't been of all time.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 28, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

@Biggus I'd rather be a has been, than a has'nt been.

Posted by mylife4cricket on (August 28, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

australia should let him play where he wants,he is a good batsman.

Posted by Meety on (August 28, 2012, 6:12 GMT)

@Buggsy - mate, they've adjusted the series to be a T20 w/cup warm up! @Biggus - ahh classic, great having you back! LOL!

Posted by Biggus on (August 28, 2012, 1:21 GMT)

@Randyoz-You have to forgive 'Redandwhitearmy' for being cocky. The poor English, you see they've been feeling down ever since they had to give India back, and since that was about the last time they had a half decent cricket side they're feeling a little undervalued, you know, with having invented the game and all that, and having had an empire on which the sun never set. You have to forgive the poor dears, once everyone had to ask them nicely for stuff all the time but these days hardly anyone ever calls.

Posted by Dashgar on (August 28, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

This is only an issue because Wade batted so long before keeping and then LOOKED tired. Wade isn't begging for special treatment but the coaching staff aren't blind. They're doing what's best for the team. Gilly was a freak and also never played in conditions where games had to be started at night. The rest of the guys mentioned don't have the batting pedigree to bat as long as wade does, or they don't open.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 27, 2012, 23:56 GMT)

@Buggsy - it's practice for the upcoming T20 world cup.

Posted by Number_5 on (August 27, 2012, 23:13 GMT)

Is this another example of what is wrong with Aust cricket? Have they only seriously thought about this problem after getting there? The UAE is hot. REALLY!! There appears to be no structure or vision in our selections atm. Our template seems to be based on the success Gilchrist had as an opener, one of the greatest players of all time. Instead of trying to replicate this success why not get the foundations of the game right first, then start tinkering with batting positions. If you dont have a solid foundation, you have nothing to build on. All the best to the Aussies, lets hope for a good tournament and some great cricket from both sides.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

Pakistan Has an Ability to defeat any big side even they are Australia, India, South Africa or Some thing else, but they need to be united so this thing can give him a Victory.

Posted by __PK on (August 27, 2012, 21:59 GMT)

This is just one more nail in the coffin of the "real" wicketkeeper. Why isn't anyone asking "What if we bat first and Wade scores a century? Won't that impact his keeping?" And Bijendra Sinha, did Gilchrist play much cricket in the UAE? If Haddin hadn't had problems in that role, we wouldn't be talking about Wade right now. Kamran who - did he have success at all? Sangakkara is a specialist batsman who also keeps.

Posted by NaniIndCri on (August 27, 2012, 21:33 GMT)

Only one thing comes to my mind whenever I watch MHussey bats these days, what happens after his retirement? New guys better start performing before he exits.

Posted by Indianpunjabi on (August 27, 2012, 21:18 GMT)

Australia will trash Pakistan especially Daved Warner Might Even Score 200 so pakistan will be whitewashed easily

Posted by warneneverchuck on (August 27, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

I predict Pakistan winning the series with narrow margine

Posted by Buggsy on (August 27, 2012, 20:13 GMT)

I only just looked at the draw - 3 ODIs and 3 T20s? Seriously, would have been much better playing 5 ODIs and 1 T20 instead.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

hafeez and jamshad must open the inning kamral akmal should be 3.. and in t20 imran nazir and akmal must open the inning hazeen should come 3rs

Posted by makhan76 on (August 27, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

Most of the matches in the UAE were actually played either in october or november @ that point of time there won't be any humidity and heat. But as of now the humidity will be @ it peak and leave away the players I promise there will also be very low turn out for the matches. Dehydration of the Players should also be considered.

Posted by sk12 on (August 27, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

As much as its a challenge, it is really safe to play under such oppressive conditions? The players are also humans, whats the necessity to put them under such physical stress. The quality of the game would obviously be affected under such attritional conditions, so doesnt auger much for the fans as well.

Posted by Hammond on (August 27, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

I really don't reckon we've got any young blokes in this country who know how to build an innings. It is really a drama I see it every year in club cricket. Everyone is aiming for the scenery instead of playing themselves in. It's a weird instant gratification culture that is causing these young blokes to self destruct. And when they need the defence to play themselves out of trouble they just don't have any technique whatsoever. Even an old medium pacer like me can sort them out.

Posted by Sadiqahmed on (August 27, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

Here is my suggested batting line up for Aussie team: Warner Watson Clarke M. Hussey D. Hussey Wade Smith Johnson Starc Hillfenhaus Dhoerty

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

ridiculous to say this.never heard this. Gilchrist was magnifiscent in this role.Brad haddin too didn't had any problem in that role. Kamran Akmal had quite a success at that position. Sangakara too did this. but all of them never lamented about that problem. if it is so, then what he will he do when batting in the middle overs, he remains unbeaten and need to come to field when 2nd inning starts.?

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

The series should be exciting. Good luck to both teams.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

It's ridiculous that Wade has to bat down the order if the team field first. When Adam Gilchrist was around it was never a problem.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 15:08 GMT)

Its ridiculous that Wade has to bat down the order if the team field first. Adam Gilchrist did not have any problem when he had to open after wicket keeping for 50 overs. May be Wade needs so wicket keeping and opening batting tips from Adam Gilchrist.

Posted by applethief on (August 27, 2012, 14:43 GMT)

Does anyone know if D Hussey is in the squad as well?

Posted by applethief on (August 27, 2012, 14:40 GMT)

@getsetgopk I agree completely, Hafeez really needs to sort out his batting, his technique has slipped very badly in recent months, and he was awful throughout the England and SL tours. My biggest concern is that Pak have completely lost the rhythm of the one day game - not since early in the last word cup have they shown they know how to measure a chase, or build an innings that is par for the ground. So many games have been lost through putting themselves under undue pressure, and no one has shown enough maturity to guide the innings. Aus might have some inexperience in their lineup, but they're not the sort to lose their heads or forget the job that needs doing

Posted by getsetgopk on (August 27, 2012, 13:48 GMT)

Everyone on here is touting Hafeez the bowler, agreed he is a good bowler an amazing bowler actually but thats not his primary job, we need someone to score runs consistently at the top, I would like him to focus on his BATTING and less on bowling. We have Afridi, Ajmal and Rehman for that. All of them are amazing spinners.

Posted by RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on (August 27, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

i think wade is an enigma in odis as an opener. he plays beautifully but he plays plenty of proper shots straight to fielders but can hit big sixes as well.that is why his stats will say he is a block or bash batter. he should bat no.5 in odi cricket.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 27, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

@ RednWhiteArmy - welome back mate, missed you throughout the entire test series against South Africa, where you consistently got flooged. The house of cards you call a batting line up blew out like a candle in the wind and the military medium pacers got dispatched to all parts.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (August 27, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

Pakistans fast bowling in ODI is my concern. Umer Akmal Has to play meture now. and afridi should prove his worth in side. Kamran and nasir jamshed is big plus for pakistans batting. Razzaq must work hard and bowl with a bit better speed to make a place in world cup 11. Good luck team pakistan.

Posted by popcorn on (August 27, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Pakistan are quaking in their boots, especially Saeed Ajmal, who was hammered by Mike Hussey. He is their nemesis,and we should not expose him at the top of the order. To Mentally Disintegrate Pakistan is to keep them thinking that even if they have taken 4 wickets,Mike Hussey has yet to come in to bat.

Posted by dsig3 on (August 27, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Now the English are mouthing off before a ball is bowled. Didnt you learn after all your boasting a few months ago? Aus are unpredictable, it could go either way.

Posted by applethief on (August 27, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Not too concerned by any of the Aus bowler, esp Doherty, who don't measure up well against the Pakistan attack. However, Pakistan just don't have a Hussey or a Clarke, or anyone close. Those two can completely take the game away, and I can see at least a couple of ODIs where Aus bat first and the two of them just bat Pakistan out of the game. Dismiss the two of them cheaply, and it's advantage Pakistan.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

Well if they must push someone up, then let it be Clarke himself. At least with him at the top it may counter the Hafeez tactic somewhat, something which Warner may not be comfortable with. But then who plays at three? questions questions.

Posted by rett on (August 27, 2012, 11:43 GMT)

Hammond, when an Australia player sends texts to the opposition offering advice on how to dismiss his own captain, we'll talk about "bog ordinary".

Posted by RaadQ on (August 27, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

@ Stark62, i just checked the weather forecast and the night time temperature for the next week varies between 30-32*C, far less than the daytime averages you stated had they played in Pak. The prob for the aussies tends to be the humidity as stated by mitchel stark. (source: bbc weather)

I believe Matthews Wade shouldn't worry too much about batting at the top, he wont last long against the Pakistan bowling line up with a new ball at their disposals.

Posted by TRIC on (August 27, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

The logic doesnt hold good, if Gilly was doing it for 10 years on a regular basis, i cant buy this argument, unless wade's technique is not adequate or his preference was to bat lower down the order

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 11:33 GMT)

if wade will came to open the innings or late ordered he will not make more then 10 runs...! Pakistan has Strong Bowling attack...So Winning against Afghanistan isnt a big deal.

Posted by Cricket_vs_Football on (August 27, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Wade is not consistent!!

Posted by Dashgar on (August 27, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

What about opening with Maxwell. After all Jayasuria began his career as a pinch hitting opener/spinner. We could unearth a diamond.

Posted by smudgeon on (August 27, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

I'd worry about who would hold up the middle and lower order if Mike Hussey isn't there. David, I guess?

Posted by MattyP1979 on (August 27, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

I actually have to agree with Hammond's assesment here. Aus just don't seem to know who their best 11 is. They rely heavily on Huss/Pup and although Starc has bowled well enough their bowling attack is at best avg. The only real positive for Aus is that Pak are consistently inconsistent. If PAk have a good day they will crush this frankly avg Aus team, a bad and its a coin toss.

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (August 27, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

Everytime work is getting me down i come on cricinfo and read an article about australia and cant stop laughing...thanks cricinfo.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 10:39 GMT)

@Meety: You're right. As a Pakistani I'd feel much more comfortable if we were "over with" Mike Hussey first up. And yes, Hafeez is thus far supposed to be dangerous for leftie openers; even if one plays, he will probably open the bowling. @landl47: That's true seamers are key against us, but we lose most of our wickets to bad bowlers anyway, negotiating good ones reasonably well.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Although I am Pakistani, but I always believe Aussies are true professionals, GoodLuck for both teams :)

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 27, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

@ Hammond - welcome back pommy - we missed you during the entire series against South Africa, where you got flogged 2-0. Weather not too good up North ey?

Posted by Stark62 on (August 27, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

For the people that don't understand the UAE and its temperatures; let me just give you some quick figures.

Average temp in Aus summer= 32*C

Average temp in Pak summer= 38*C

Average temp in UAE summer= 52*C

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 27, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

Mr C isn't a bad pick for the opening spot (assuming the team is the same as against Afghanistan) but Bailey might be a better option... Don't see Clarke as a candidate & better left at no.3 where he can get his eye in before accelerating... The 2 Huss's then Wade makes a formidable middle order... Not too sure where the selectors are going with the team (re:WC) - with both Johnson & Pattinson not playing in either the T20's or WC, why leave Christian out from playing?... His ODI stats batting & bowling are better than Patto while nearly equal to Johnno bowling & better batting... I'd be getting some game time into him with only 3 weeks until the WC starts...

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (August 27, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

If Wade says he is too tired then go with it. He isn't an ideal opener anyway. Michael Hussey has had his entire career as an opener - it is only playing for Australia that he was pushed down the order - so open with M Hussey. Simple. Wade shouldn't open at all.

Posted by zenboomerang on (August 27, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

Really funny the comments about the heat & bagging Oz in UAE... No country has toured the UAE in May, June, July, August or September... At least until now, with Australia & Pakistan... lol... Makes a mockery of such comments... Get real or get out of the oven...

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Aussies are scattered from Pakistan

Posted by Hammond on (August 27, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

They can't hide passengers, of which there are plenty in this bog average side.

Posted by RandyOZ on (August 27, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

We don't seem to really care about the ODI team, otherwise the likes of Lyon and Hughes would be playing.

Posted by Winsome on (August 27, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

Wade was clearly suffering the other night in the conditions. I think it's fair enough to try and preserve his energy levels. He'll be stuffed by the end of the second match if he has to be out there keeping and batting from the get go. They could try giving Bailey a go up top, so that we've got a right-hander. He is equally prone to getting bogged down, but I suspect given time, he'll be able to work singles a bit better than he does now and a bit better than Wade can. He can muscle the ball around well enough.

Posted by Meety on (August 27, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

@Noman Aziz - mate cricket has NEVER been played at an International level in the UAE at this time of the year! @Waqar Hasan - true, I would prefer to have a left & a right hander opening.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 8:35 GMT)

Aussies start shuffling their batting order in each and every series they are playing now. It's not a good sense to change the order of a well settled guy (Hussey). Instead they could try with Wade, Bailey to open the innings or else harder for those guys to finish the game in the lateral part which is so concerned with handling the pressure and it's not easy often.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

If Hafeez & co get some good decent runs on the board it will always be a harder version for the Aussies to bat on as the Pakistan bowling core is more lying on quality spinning attack. It never be an easy task to handle...

Posted by jeauxx on (August 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Shame, I really feel like Wade's spot is at the top. He's not enough of a natural slogger to be at no. 7, nor is he capable of the dashing between wickets required of that spot due to his tiring wicket-keeping duties. He's not a consistent/strong enough batsman to bat in the middle order. His style is the perfect blend of aggression and fight to be an opener. --- On another note, I'm not sure Hussey should be opening. He demonstrated (yet again) against Afghanistan his value in our middle order. Bailey and D-Huss are good, but they are no Michael Bevan and no Michael Hussey. I actually agree with Meety here - Christian seems like an excellent option for the job - right-handed, aggressive but with solid technique, a good foil for Warner. Combined with Wade at 7, however, this would push out a bowling option: Johnson, for me. Christian's bowling is well strong enough to compliment Starc and Pattinson.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Two left handers at the top for Oz provides Pakistan with several opportunities too.they can easily afford to stray from the predictable strategy of bowling their seamers in the first 10 overs and introduce Hafeez early.australia's victory chances depend hugely on how well mitchell staarc and james pattinson bowl.Pakistan's batting line may not be the best in the world but they'll be hard to stop since australia's ineptitude in the spin department became quite apparent in the game against afghanistan.the sharjah pitch is unlikely to provide any movement or pace to the seamers so Pakistan can even fancy 4 spinners as far as the 2 odis in shrjah are concerned.aussies will need clarke and hussey to fire on all cylinders to beat Pakistan as the other batsmen perhaps dont have the temperament or the technique to bat successfully against spin bowlers on the dry,slow wickets of uae.should be an exciting series.

Posted by Rabbito on (August 27, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

I know hussys very important for us when hes down the order, but i still think he should open in ODI for the rest of his career, because i don't think he even knows the meaning of getting bogged down and not scoring or rotating the strike. so i reckon thats why he'd be so valuable at the top. also, and although i'm a big fan of wade, he has already shown that he can get bogged down, and this not only affects him but also Warner at the other end. and can create the tone for the whole aus innings. and wade is also more likely to get bogged down agains spin as well, but because huss's a great player of spin that wouldn't happen.

Posted by mtalhas on (August 27, 2012, 7:04 GMT)

there should not be any expectations from Pakistan.They have a world class spin attack and some good fast bowling men. But on the other hand they miss a proper batting line up (the current batting is made up of average batsmen and allrounders who are even vulnerable to a poor bowling attack of India). Pakistan cannot put up a decent performance unless they discover and groom batting talent and use the current lot of fast bowlers (talented but not very effective) more efficiently.

Posted by jfgvjksnkka on (August 27, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

When is the finger going to be pointed at Doherty - How can he hold his place for 3 years with a bowling average of 35!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

What a wuss! Adam Gilchrist did both very successfully for the Aussies for a very long time and he was better at both than Wade by miles.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

No, leave wade at the top, a 40 minute break is enough time for him to cool down and be ready for batting!!! Hussey would do well opening but hes always played in middle order for australia so keep him there

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

Never thought Aussies would have a problem with the batting order. Well guess, time changes everything.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 5:59 GMT)

hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (August 27, 2012, 5:36 GMT)

Not sounds like Australian high professional. I don't like their approach towards the game.

Posted by TahirMahmood on (August 27, 2012, 5:21 GMT)

We will see very good cricket in this series. Because both teams are equal at the moment and in frame of mind. Australia will miss Shane Watson as well Pakistan will miss Umar Gul / Younis khan

Posted by landl47 on (August 27, 2012, 5:20 GMT)

If whoever bowls spin the best is, as Michael Clarke says, going to win, then Aus is in for a tough time. Their only specialist spinner is Doherty, with part-timers Maxwell, Smith, David Hussey and Clarke himself. There's no way they will bowl spin better than Ajmal, Rehman and Hafeez, especially on these wickets. However, I think Clarke might be playing mind games, trying to take the Pakistan team's focus off the seam bowlers. If Australia wins, it's going to be because of them. The Afghanistan game, where the quicks took 9 of the 10 Afghan wickets, showed that Australia stands or falls with its seamers.

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 4:51 GMT)

As per Pakistan's recent form of batting and fielding quality it is most likely Australia will whitewash them.

Posted by Rabbito on (August 27, 2012, 4:31 GMT)

About time!!!...hussy should have opened (in ODI at least) a lot more than he has, no matter how important he is lower down the order. hes one of the rare players who can switch from great defensive batting to incredible attacking batting in the space of a ball or two....great move this!...

Posted by Meety on (August 27, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Whilst it would require an adjustment to the side, I wouldn't mind seeing Christian used as an opening batsmen. I could see him doing a lot of damage in the first 10 overs of an innings. He's pretty fit, so I would imagine even in the UAE heat, he could handle 5 or 6 overs of bowling & opening an innings. If he doesn't do much at the top, we still have Clarke to come in & consolidate. == == == Pity about having to move Wade. He has been slotted into a few positions in the ODI side. For a Keeper who can hold a spot as a specialist he is odd, in that his main success has been in the typical slot a keeper normally plays at (opener or #7), but more around #4. I'd prefer not to have M Hussey open, for 2 reasons; 1. Why have 2 LHB at the top of the order, (assuming Warner being the other), 2. Hussey's middle order value, he is so good at doing a Bevan when steady as she goes is required & doing a Gilly when the temp needs to be upped. Would be interested in Bailey opening!

Posted by   on (August 27, 2012, 4:20 GMT)

Either the UAE has all of a sudden become 20 degrees hotter than its usual temperature or no one has ever played cricket there before. Seriously, all international teams have been and played in the UAE for decades then why is this Aussies kicking so much fuss about the heat... UAE conditions can be hot but playable, get over it?

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