Australia in the UAE 2012 September 4, 2012

'Not depending on Ajmal alone' - Hafeez

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Pakistan will not be depending on Saeed Ajmal alone during the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, their captain Mohammad Hafeez has said. The series starts in Dubai on Wednesday with Australia having won the ODI series 2-1.

"Ajmal is a world-class bowler but we are not depending on him alone,"Hafeez told AFP. "I think other bowlers must support him from the other end."

Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and batsmen Yasir Arafat and Imran Nazir will return to the side, as will fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami to lead the attack and help Ajmal.

Ajmal troubled the Australian batsmen, taking ten of the 22 Australian wickets to fall in the series, but Australia exploited the other bowlers to win from tricky positions in the first and third matches.

"It's disappointing not to win the one-day series but we have got a good Twenty20 side and I am confident that we can beat Australia," Hafeez said.

Australia rode on the performances of captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, and newcomer Glenn Maxwell scored a vital half-century in the decider. Maxwell, who played Ajmal intelligently, also made crucial contributions of 28 and 38 in the previous two games.

"Glenn was someone [coach] Mickey Arthur and I pushed really hard for (at selection) just because of the X-factor and the versatility that he has," Australia's T20I captain George Bailey said.

The side will see the return of Shane Watson, who is returning from a calf-injury he suffered in the ODI series against England, Ben Hilfenhaus, Pat Cummins and Clint McKay. "There'll be a nice injection of some energy and enthusiasm into the group. We'll try to find a settled lineup as quickly as possible, particularly with the batting. These will be really important games against Pakistan," Bailey said.

The games will also be important as they serve as a build-up to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Pakistan won the tournament in 2009 after losing the in the final two years previously, and Australia were runners-up last time. The only time Pakistan couldn't reach the final of the tournament was in the West Indies in 2010, when Mike Hussey smashed 60 off 24 balls, including 23 runs from the final over off Saeed Ajmal, to snatch the game from Pakistan's hands in the chase.

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  • I.F.Butt on September 5, 2012, 15:28 GMT

    Very good interesting comments by @Wess Uddiin and @Biggus, good points!

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 5, 2012, 14:42 GMT

    People have so high expectations from Imran Nzir....some of comments made me feel he VivRichards +Gayle+ Klusener rolled into one. Funny how he ihas been around for 10+ years and still not made much of impact on fans of other countries than his own....A second Afridi i guess....overhyped full of talunt but totally non performing on field

  • Zohair.ul.hasan on September 5, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    Pakistan will not be depending on Saeed Ajmal alone during the three-match Twenty20 series against Australia, their captain Mohammad Hafeez has said. The series starts in Dubai on Wednesday with Australia having won the ODI series 2-1.

    "Ajmal is a world-class bowler but we are not depending on him alone,"Hafeez told AFP. "I think other bowlers must support him from the other end."

    Allrounder Abdul Razzaq and batsmen Yasir Arafat and Imran Nazir will return to the side, as will fast bowlers Umar Gul and Mohammad Sami to lead the attack and help Ajmal.

    Ajmal troubled the Australian batsmen, taking ten of the 22 Australian wickets to fall in the series, but Australia exploited the other bowlers to win from tricky positions in the first and third matches.

    "It's disappointing not to win the one-day series but we have got a good Twenty20 side and I am confident that we can beat Australia," Hafeez said.

    Australia rode on the performances of captain Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey, and

  • Tmalik on September 5, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    I like Hafeez comments, he likes to comment exactly what he said before one day series, we are good team and we will win...they need understand to win matches team of 11 has to work hard and give 100% and i dont think Pak doing enough on the field they throw match after doing so well and this was the case in one day series loss. idea to play 4 spinners back fired against sri lanka or england and it did again, they do not need to invent new game just play by its basic rules play 3 seamers min and play spin al rounders and 2 spinners, thats balance team and then give 100% do not drop catches. openers should score and then middle order should support to lift the score. Pak need to learn the game from Aus how to win matches, agression is thrown out of window from this Pak side, thats what they were known for and won the games. Pak showed that if they win one session or few overs and they cool down and relax for a while until pressure is up, they try to come back but its too late often...

  • Khan81 on September 5, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Imran Nazir should open alongwith Kamran Akmal and hafeez should bat at 3 ... If ths pair stand atleast 5,6 overs . It will be a huge Advantage 4 Pakistan.... And Sami should be Preffered on Gul bcz he will be a very handy Optin 4 Pakistan instead of Gul..... Anyhow Gud Luck Team Pakistan......!!!

  • khurramsch on September 5, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    Ok not depending on ajmal alone? but mean time not using him to his potential. you want him to take wickets but also want to use him at depth overs to just contain scoring? should havebeen used as attacker. he is geniune wicket taker. also he is not getting any support. going with 4 spinners not good option. pak need a good medium pace batting allrounder to balance side with 2 good seamers.

  • veerakannadiga on September 5, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    Ajmal or not, Aussies will win hands down.

  • dummy4fb on September 5, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    Its time to give Raza Hassan a chance....He can do wonders in DXB conditions along with Ajmal and Hafeez

  • dummy4fb on September 5, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    i would want kamran and imran nazir to open as pakistan badly need 170 to 200+ to beat austrailia

  • satish619chandar on September 5, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    No pace bowler for Pakistan? Rather surprising to see that. We always used to envy Pakistan for the pace battery they had everytime. Really surprising to see them play with single pace bowler whereas, Australia were playing with 4 actually. If no pace bowler is good, why not go back to Razzaq who will be tidy with new ball and can choke it in middle overs too. His batting will be a advantage.

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