Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai

Bailey floored by heavy defeat

Daniel Brettig

September 6, 2012

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The dejected Australians leave the field after their loss, Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai, September 5, 2012
Australia could drop below Ireland on the Twenty20 rankings with another loss on Friday © Associated Press

Australia's captain George Bailey has admitted his side stands no chance of winning the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka if their performances mirror a shattering first-up loss to Pakistan in the series in Dubai.

The seven-wicket hiding was Australia's heaviest in terms of balls to spare for the chasing team, after Bailey's men were shot out for a measly 89, their lowest total since England rolled Ricky Ponting's team for 79 in only their second T20I, at the Rose Bowl in 2005.

What's more, the Australians can now slip to 10th in the ICC's T20 rankings before the global event begins. Should Pakistan sweep the series - a possibility given the lopsidedness of the opening match - then Bailey's team will line-up for their tournament opener ranked below their opponents Ireland.

"I'm very disappointed and there's plenty to go away and work on," Bailey said. "You don't ever want to be setting those sorts of records. But in terms of the group we've got together and what we're capable of, it certainly hasn't altered my thoughts that we can still be a very good team.

"I still think we can win it. Definitely. Absolutely. I certainly don't think we'd win if we played like we did today. It's hopefully just a bad performance and one that you won't see again. Even if we gained a tiny bit of momentum, we gave it back by losing a wicket."

The poverty of Australia's batting was stark, unable to hit a six in the innings and striking only three boundaries. Bailey agreed that the top five had to do far, far better in future and put the match down as an experience that had to be learned from, particularly given the sorts of slow, spinning pitches also likely to be seen in the World T20 in Sri Lanka.

"Twenty20, all the stats we look at, you want your top four or five batsmen batting most of the innings," Bailey said. "So to be four down at the seven or eight over mark, we were certainly behind the game. We learned a lot about the wicket, but we already knew that Pakistan were going to be very competitive in this format, and that played very well."

Despite all players having taken part in the pre-season camp in Darwin where spin was a major consideration, and most then having the benefit of the ODI series against Pakistan in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Australia's efforts against the spinners were particularly poor. Bailey admitted improvements had to be made to what he described as a "real key" to the team's chances.

"The spinners are outstanding, and on the back of the one-day tournament the spinners were certainly the key to their bowling and our quicks were probably the key to ours," he said. "So it's a work in progress, it's going to be a real key the way we play spin and the way we play spin heading into the World Cup too, so we're working on it.

"In terms of the World Cup there's no better practice than playing against the world class spinners that Pakistan have in these three games."

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Posted by Meety on (September 10, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

@OzzyHammond - come on now OzzyH, "...I could pick an all time England XI better than any combined Australian side..." the most exhaustive effort to pick an all time XI, (on this very site), saw FOUR Ozzys picked, to England's THREE. The Ozzy AllTime XI is Trumper/Morris/Bradman, G Chappell, Border, Miller/Gilchrest/Warne/O'reilly, Lillee & McGrath. England's is Hobbs/Hutton/Hammond, Barrington, KP, Botham, Knott/Larwood/Underwood/Trueman, Barnes. There is no contest, apart from the opening positions, nowhere else would England hold any edge over Oz. You can say that Knott is a better keeper, but vastly inferior batsmen, The Don is about TWICE as good as any Pom batsmen, Miller is infinately better than Botham, Lillee is superior to Larwood, Barnes & McGrath would be tight when you factor back the type of pitches McGrath had to bowl on. It would be a slaughter on Oz pitches with Miller/Lillee & McGrath, THEN Warne & O'Rielly - LOL - good luck!

Posted by   on (September 9, 2012, 15:10 GMT)

For ICC's rankings to be true testaments of a Team's performance it needs to have a Standard schedule set between the World Cups. Meaning every team MUST play each other a set amount of times, lets say Twice. One Home & One Away.

Ireland are ranked better but have only played lower ranked teams. Remove the Associate tags and place everyone into divisions if you must.

Then and only then can performance be truly ranked.

Regardless of how rich or what your ranking is if the ICC takes control of scheduling and introduces a balanced schedule as possible along with a set amount of matches to be Ranked during the two year period between the WC it'll make sense.

Right now the WC is another meaningless tournament in both formats.

At any rate I'd love to see the day that a small nation team with small budget can win a World Cup over the heavy weights on any given day a new champion can be born. That's when I'll love Cricket.

Posted by Hammond on (September 9, 2012, 12:46 GMT)

@_Australian_- why don't you judge a composer then on how good his music is based on how many notes he writes? Bradman aside the answer is no, I could pick an all time England XI better than any combined Australian side.

Posted by Expansion on (September 8, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

I am not a firm believer of ICC's ranking's.I don't know on which basis they decide the ranking's.Also i am quiet suprise to know that Australia are below Ireland in T20 ranking.It is quiet bizzare that they are at the bottom of the table.I haven't seen them playing against Ireland in T20.As T20 world cup approaches in few weeks time i expect them to give tough fight as they have big match temperament in important tournaments.

Posted by _Australian_ on (September 8, 2012, 5:34 GMT)

@Geoffery Anthony Plumbridge. I am thinking before the 80's. Interesting you choose average for your arguement. How convienent! Why not aggregate? Then it's a far different story and my point is well and truely valid. In all disiplines we have better players except allrounder as Botham has that and possibly keeper but I prefer a keeper who can bat. If you were to pick a best 11 from both nations I think we would have a far superior team.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 15:00 GMT)

@davidpk as an Australian of Irish desent I iagree with you we are not the same.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@ thebarmyarmy your fellow countrymen also discovered soccer, and your reputation in that sport is about the same as in the cricket world.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 7, 2012, 12:09 GMT)

redwhitearmy. you may feel that but but as an english supporter i want to beat the aussies at any given time. it is even better than being world # 1 if we can be # 1 an top of the world then all well an good. when the aussies beat us it hurts, you can can how much it hurts them when you read randy/jonesy you can see how much it hurts him.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 7, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

ygkd. england can sellect from any of the home nations inc northern island as they are part of the uk. ireland is a different story as they i believe are similar to an overseas player who had to wait 4 years increased i think now.

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (September 7, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Randy ozzy we created the sport. How does it feel to love something so much thats made by the poms?

Posted by Wallaroo on (September 7, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

This was clearly a humiliating case for Australia, as everyone knows we never get humiliated twice in a row. Aus will bounce back big time.

Posted by adillove on (September 7, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

I think that there should be a rule from the ICC about every international match that each team must play with 5 bowlers and 5 batsmen at least or 4 bowlers one full bowling and batting all-rounder and 1 by there own choice to play 6 bowlers or 6 batsmen part timers should not be counted as bowlers in this list neither nightwatchmen nor good tailenders not like India which play tests with just 3 or 4 bowlers nor like Pakistan playing 7 to 8 bowlers!

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

@ Geoffrey Anthony Plumridge Thank god for England that they took statistics before 1980.

Posted by Haleos on (September 7, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

@Everyone bashing T20 - it has helped in a way that teams now believe they can chase targets at over 10/over in last 10 overs. Previously if the team needed over 7/over in the last 5 it was doomed most of the times. So in a way it has helped but dont like the glamoursing aspect of it. IPL and its spin offs have just degraded it by having so many pointless matches

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:12 GMT)

@_Australian_ people played international cricket before the 1980's you know. Learn more about the history of cricket and you will find that England v Australia has been one of the more even contests since 1878. "Historically we have far better players"- you made me laugh even harder. England have 5 batsman in the top 10 batsman by test average and the least represented player was Paynter with 20 test matches. Australia has one. DG Bradman. Likewise in bowling England have 12 out of the top 20 bowling averages. I think you would find "historically" England have had better cricketers than Australia has ever had, with one exception, and he is a pretty amazing exception.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:42 GMT)

who the heck is George Bailey?

Posted by ygkd on (September 7, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

The English laughing at Australia potentially falling below a "rubbish" Ireland is a bit rich, as Eire/NI is essentially a feeder-comp for the ECB. Seriously though, would Ireland have beaten Australia in the UAE? I doubt it (though I wouldn't object to being proven wrong anytime) as they don't have the spin department (Dockerell aside) for the demolition. That is Australia's nemesis - spin. Can't currently bowl it (Hogg aside) and can't currently play it (a few aging test-playing hands aside). Some modern names can't seem to get their gloves on the tame Australian versions from behind the stumps either. Oh, well it's not the end of the world down under. At least Saeed Ajmal and his mates would clean the Poms up too. They're not much better at taking on spin in Asia, are they? So well done Pakistan. You are the far more entertaining team and that is worth supporting any day. Another win perhaps? Pakistani spinners zindabad!

Posted by goharalisayyed on (September 7, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Two consecutive wickets by AJMAL,, this is what need Pakistan.. Performance.. not award

Posted by Rolfardeo on (September 7, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

I agree with Vincent49. I think that 20/20, particularly internationals are an inconsequential waste of time. Who cares about the world rankings of a diluted pointless version of cricket? 20\20 cricket should be scrapped at international level and played only domestically, if indeed at all. I believe it degrades the overall quality of cricket and diminishes so many of the great things that true fans love about the game. Why turn cricket into baseball? It is so unnecessary!

Posted by rabsmarshall on (September 7, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

australia should be below ireland. the system is showing how bad aust cricket administrators and selectors are. gd luck to ireland. i hope they beat aust in the t20

Posted by Biggus on (September 7, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

@Meety-Quite right mate, our grapes are not sour at all, they're really very good.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 2:55 GMT)

i think Australian cricket board is doing charity by playing players like white, maxell and baily and other unknown players. International cricket is tough cricket. you should play your best players in every match.

Posted by _Australian_ on (September 7, 2012, 1:20 GMT)

@RednWhite army. One can only assume your pain from all those years of domination by Australia is the reason for your constant jibes. Fact is all teams have their highs and lows but somehow our lowest point never quite gets as low as England at their low and also our high remains high for much longer than England. Enjoy your time ahead of us but it will be short because over the years we are a better team and historically we have far better players.

Posted by Meety on (September 7, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

@TheHawksEye - well if you are the prophet, & T20 is the future of cricket, Baseball is looking a lot more attractive to me! LOL! In the end of the day, I don't give a rat's preverbial if all countries stop playing Test cricket EXCEPT for Oz & England. Batter up!

Posted by Meety on (September 7, 2012, 0:00 GMT)

@Marcio - the reality is, whilst I am happy for Irish fans if they go into the W/Cup ranked higher than us, the T20 rankings are a joke. There are a lot more matches involving minnows in this format, & sides like Ireland & Bangladesh have benefitted in the rankings from playing them. The T20 rankings are the least reliable of all the formats. @Ranjit S Gulvady - whilst I agree with your sentiments, the fact is, even you said that we'd be "...surprised to know there are many in the sub-continent, including me, who value test cricket..." - you would have to realise, that a lot of your countrymen do seem to live in denial about the true state of affairs of cricket in tehir own country, let alone offering words of "wisdom" about the impending doom of Oz cricket, (a ongoing theme for Oz cricket for the last 4yrs, which hasn't happenned yet)! @DrAtharAbbas - actually, now that you mentioned it, Oz also have the BEST tasting grapes in the world. You should try some!

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 6, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Australia has perfect cricket weather....and they still struggle. Its unfortunate because beating australia used to mean something, now beating them doesnt matter as much

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 6, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

I think Canada would give aus a good game at T20

Posted by Vincent49 on (September 6, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

Being last on the 20/20 rank is no big deal as test and odi are the only rankings that matter. Australia demonstrate that it is indeed a joke. No sleep lost here :)

Posted by waheed on (September 6, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

I m sure in next matches Australia will perform very well and show their real power

Long Live Pakistan

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 19:09 GMT)

bailey is not captain material australia should try shane watson as a t-20 captain ben hilfenhaus hasnt done anything special despite when india was touring australia

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 18:54 GMT)

i think its just the first match...and u cant expect pakistan to be consistent in every match...they always surprise you...but either ways i dont see the aussies winning the T20 world cup...

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 6, 2012, 18:27 GMT)

@Ranjith Gulvady, thank you for being a follower of test-cricket. Love to hear this.

A test-series victory is the one any major team would love and go for . The game is always richer when an Aus-SA or Aus-Eng or Eng-SA test series is played. Thats the ultimate - the best . Never bothered about others !!!

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 6, 2012, 18:16 GMT)

@ Rajesh_india_1990, that's the reason your team is where it is and we are where we are heading for - focus on these and stay where you are - while we spend our energies on the real ones !! Good that you have accepted your team as a minnow !!

Posted by Biggus on (September 6, 2012, 17:43 GMT)

@TheHawksEye-You're quite right of course, and we can't avoid for long the fact that T20 is going to occupy much of cricket's future audiences attentions, but for the life of me I just can't get emotionally involved in it. There's just not enough time for 'thematic development', for want of a better term, for me to get immersed in the 'story' fo the game. I just can't do it, it's the equivalent of reading a four frame cartoon in the daily paper:- I read it, have a little giggle, and continue on. There's just nothing that stays with me from the experience.

Posted by Rajeshbnair_India_Fan on (September 6, 2012, 17:42 GMT)

Guys . don't ever underestimate OZIZ.. Let see how they will turn-up on next matches … Its all matter of a one good game ,they will regain the momentum back .. Its look like their selection is not at par to compete at ASIAN wicket .. If Brad Hogg would have in their side it will be a different story .. Moreover Bailey is not confident on team's strength .. It should be like Ponder .. Need to be aggressive and proud of OZ>..

Posted by feece on (September 6, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

OZ getting worse in all formats? have problem with spin as dont use their feet!

Posted by risky on (September 6, 2012, 17:21 GMT)

So much different opinions from different ''experts''. But I still respect Australian cricket & believe me every other Pakistan fan too. They are a very tough side. They fought brilliantly in ODI's. One loss of younger T20 side means nothing. We still have to wait & to beat them in the series. Its a tough ask, but I hope the best for my team Pakistan. Come on guys this is cricket, one have to win & other to lose. But some people are definitely enjoying this, coz their own teams have been thoroughly thrashed ;-) in test cricket. I am hoping for more good cricket in rest of the series. Good luck to both Australia & Pakistan.

Posted by Biggus on (September 6, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

@Aina Maria Waseem-Good to hear from you. Your comments are always worth reading.

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 6, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

@OzWally@Biggus: Hi my my Oz bros.!!! You people have suggested something to ponder about but remember one important thing that living in a modern day life we should abide by the modern day's norms and customs. T20 has got immense popularity and millions of fans across the globe not only from Pakistan, India , Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are fond of this new format of the game. Naturally enough, this new format suits to there nature and temperament. That's why they are into it more than the other cricket playing nations.Asians are a bit aggressive sort of nature and they always look for some adventurous drama.@OzWally Another point you made that test cricket would be the death of Asian teams. You are partially right. It might be the death of India or Sri Lanka in tests but not of Pakistan. As Pakistan cricket is more versatile and I don't think it wont be affected by T20 format. By nature Pakistan cricket strives hard to be dominant in all formats not just in T20. Wish cricket live long!

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 6, 2012, 16:39 GMT)

@Pras_punter then why your team is participating who did not know how to win in the HIT AND GIGGLE format?Ask your team to just resign from this format...atleast other minnow teams will compete it with much seriousness....

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

so aussies got beaten on the first game,and that makes us a bad team, so if australia win the rest, then what??series not finished yet, we won the odi, bowling 2nd is alwaays gonna be hard to win, 2am in the morning...thats crazy, next time, play there at a sensible time and weather

Posted by DrAtharAbbas on (September 6, 2012, 16:14 GMT)

@OzWally: GRAPES ARE SOUR: Australia and you do want to win and keep winning, if it was not the case, you would not be writing here!!. Don't contradict yourself.

Posted by Ross_Co on (September 6, 2012, 16:05 GMT)

@cloudmess - I don't think anyone would begrudge you laughing. After all, you've had so very much to cry about over the last year. If Australia get any more pathetic at T20 they'll end up recruiting players from the Irish team - oh, hang on, somebody else has already done that.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

we haven't got on the field the best t20 players we could pick, the selectors are stubborn and we are gonna suffer because of it, just got to see which names did well in the bbl and the ipl.

Posted by saabir786 on (September 6, 2012, 15:51 GMT)

excellent performance by kamran he batted really well and showed his class and kept beautifully took a wonderful catch.i think its time to give some confidence to him

Posted by Asad_don on (September 6, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

yes i agree @OzWally when zim beat sa

Posted by sweetspot on (September 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

@OzWally - You're right about the format and how close it makes teams appear. But Asian teams indeed rightly place emphasis on this format, because it is the future of cricket entertainment, not Test cricket. Asian teams won't mind never playing Test cricket if this is so much fun and so lucrative. The signs are all over the place.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

Surely all poms must find this very funny indeed, but let's not forget who they are up against! Pak is NEVER a pushover in this format, to say the least. On a given day any team can beat another in T20, and we shouldn't take these rankings seriously. But Aus behind Ireland? HAHHAHAAA!!!!!!

Posted by Asad_don on (September 6, 2012, 15:32 GMT)

i was a big fan of afridi till jamshed join pak.i will specillay talk about afridi because he is a world class player there is no doubt about that but i dont think he is playing like world class player he is now a burden on a team so remov that burden off the team because pak need some stable allrounder who play professioall for team not play like street cricket his bowling is ordinary and in batting he might be a world class player if he pay sensibally i think its time for change and instead of hi i suggest abdul razzaq or hammad azam

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 6, 2012, 15:28 GMT)

Hilarious comments, youd think the aussies had lost 6 of their past 11 tests or something.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 6, 2012, 15:25 GMT)

Like us Aussie fans care about T20 cricket when we are the most successful ODI and test nation of ALL TIME. Yes that's right, in the history of test cricket. Hows the humble pie Pommies? :)

Posted by Nadeem1976 on (September 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

I think you take Mike Hussey and Watson out of this aussies side and they will become worse than Ireland in T2020. We took both Hussey's and Watson's wickets early and that is it. Australians are poor against spin and they won the last ODI by luck and coward captaincy by Misbah. I would never take off Ajmal against hussey in that match. Hussey was the key in that match and in this T2020. Aussies you cannot rely to heavily on one player. improve.

Aussies need to learn how to play spin, hussey is old and in two years aussies spin playing ability will be worse than even zimbabawe. have fun aussies.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

change the captain for australia, everything will be ok

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 6, 2012, 15:07 GMT)

RandyOZ - care to comment on the Aussie performance? Notice you've not cared to comment? Welcome back from your extended break in dream land. Reality oh no! The horror! Marcio " I do concede that a large number of the comments here now are probably from Indian and English fans, many of whom excel at this sort of thing" that's rich coming from a serial poster on English threads. Stick to the Aussie threads MArcio - your country needs you!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

It's fun to see the Aus-Eng rivalry livening up our comments section. I always love to see it. @OzWally: I do hate this impression that we Asians value t20s above tests. It insults people like me who avidly follow the Ashes and have even watched the Australian version at night. As for the teams, I'm sure ours (Pakistan) at least values Test cricket as the premier form. Of late, even our performance is best in tests. Not being able to bat is a separate issue entirely, in fact our test lineup is actually half decent, unlike the other two. @Biggus: Hahahaha! Well said. Being upset is the flipside of deriving loads of happiness from a cricket win, (as I do) so that is the time to "tune out" and read a good book. @Shouldas-Wouldas-Couldas: Yeah the batting had no chance to prove itself, and we know that's the biggest worry anyway.

Posted by Pak_Fans_Youth on (September 6, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Aussies are loosers. they will even fall in T20 ranking. Pakistan will defeat Aussies and Aussies will fall from no.9 to no.10.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Give the Aussies a break... this is extreme heat in UAE. "If we get through this, Sri Lanka will seem like a holiday resort"

Posted by heathrf1974 on (September 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT)

I'm not too worried it's a T20 game. But well done to Pakistan.

Posted by rumyfala on (September 6, 2012, 14:08 GMT)

can any of the aussie selectors tell me where are brad hogg,steve smith and doug bollinger, please ?

Posted by nsidd75 on (September 6, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

This is only T20 cricket. Not to be taken seriously. Pakistan have only won the first game against an Aussie team that had 5-6 players who just flew in. They will definintely come out stronger in the next game.

As for Pakistan, good to get off to a winning start but remains to be seen how they turn this start into a consistent performance. I reckon this series will go down to the last game and tense final match.

Posted by Marcio on (September 6, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

140 comments, so many fulll of sound and fury, with extreme damnation fpr Australia and ascension to an exalted plane of cricketing existence for Pakistan. And all of it will mean nothing after the next game or two. Because that's all it will take for Australia to register their next win, all things being equal. All you have to do is look back at every other comments section like this to see that it is inevitably so. 3 days ago Australia won an ODI series in hellish conditions playing away from home against a team stacked with spinners bowling on a spinner's paradise - while they played all fast bowlers. It was, overall, a wonderful and committed team effort. Now, after a single T20 game some (want) to believe that they are finished. It's just dumbness. T20 results from 2011-12 show that the predictions are just as silly as the T20 rankings table. There is no dominant team in T20, and most major teams couldn't beat Australia in T20 series! Shock!

Posted by cloudmess on (September 6, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Australia worse than Ireland? As a Pom I can hardly stop laughing.

Posted by ShankarKR on (September 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Absence of Ponting and Clarke clearly felt in Aussie match against Pakistan. Middle order is the weakest in Aussie side. I don't think Bailey is fit to captain the Aussie side.

Posted by K-amps on (September 6, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Why do people keep embracing and hugging Kamran Akmal after one par performance... don't we remember the times he failed miserably? He is one of the reasons Pakistan Cricket is not given due respect... Get rid of failed baggage like Kamran, Farhat, Shoaib... and let the youngsters like Hammad Azam give it a shot. Don't let one failure by a sub-par Aussie team make you think Pakistan has all it's problems solved... if you do, then you are in for yet another rude awakening.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Very very good win by Green shirts over Aussis , Hope they will maintain their form in the next games.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 13:32 GMT)

How can a player without any first class experiences captain a team on his first appearance on the world scene ? See the Australian selectors for an answer. I doubt whether they can answer the question themselves. Or any other questions, when they pick their team with in-experienced players, and do have good players available on the side.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 6, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

oh for petes sake the aussies are better than Ireland, arnt they

Posted by OhPakistan on (September 6, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

Australia is surely a far better side (than the result suggest) and I was disappointed by their dismal display. Best part ( being a Pak fan ) was outstanding CATCHING by Pakistan. Still room for improvement in ground-fielding though. Chasing a modest 89, can't read much into Paki batting. *** Debutant Raza was brilliant - will prove a handful on turning tracks ! Team Pakistan desperately need competitive trade mark Aussie display in next games ahead of "the CUP" !!!!

Posted by Biggus on (September 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

So amusing that many fans are berating we Aussie fans for not being completely shattered and cut up about the loss. To us it's just a game, but apparently there's something terribly wrong about that. We should be inconsolable it seems, despairing of fate for treating us so harshly. How did we ever get so far without an appropriate sense of angst? We must start to treat these losses as national tragedies, then we'll be far more normal. That at least we can learn from our more vocal detractors.

Posted by Samdanh on (September 6, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Where is Brad Hogg? On batting: Who is Aus batting coach? I know it is difficult batting on such slow spinning tracks. But a scoe of 120-140 could have been better still. Playing in different conditions is a task today's International bastmen have to master, to remain successful and contribute to team's success. Yesterday's show by Aus team was pathetic, forgettable at best

Posted by OzWally on (September 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT)

The shorter the format, the more even it makes the 2 teams. T20 is the great equalizer where even a lowly minnow can beat a top team on a given day. How else do you think Afghanistan can be thought of a threat in T20. Another example, Bangladesh is competitive in ODI's, but has won 1 test all time. For AUS, England and SA T20 is merely a chance to give some youngsters there first taste of international cricket and for the lder guys to make a quick dollar. Mark my words, T20 will be the death of Asian teams in Test cricket as they wrongly place too much emphasis on the T20 format.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

Pakistan have played most t20 internationals than any other team.


Why pakistan is inexperienced in t20 cricket. IPL ICL SLPL can not compete with international t20s PAk has played more than any other team.

Posted by Vincent49 on (September 6, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Being last on the 20/20 rank is no big deal as test and odi are the only rankings that matter. Australia demonstrate that it is indeed a joke. No sleep lost here :)

Posted by tfjones1978 on (September 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

They should create competition in T20I matches. Reduce the T20I World Cup to 8 teams and include a round-robin qualification system over two years thats part of the FTP. The round-robin could be 30 matches each (two matches against 15 teams, home or away). Whilst the top 8 teams qualify for the World Cup, the bottom four teams have to play against teams outside the top 16 for the next T20I World Cup qualifiers (using a league system like is done with associate ODIs).

Posted by jb633 on (September 6, 2012, 12:34 GMT)

It seems to me that the cricketing world is becoming more divided by conditions. I think that the standard of cricket in the 90's was far higher. We now have a situation where sides can only play in conditions that suit them. When India and Pak play on a seaming wicket they look like helpless sheep. When ENG/Aus/Nz play on a turner they look just as bad. I think that the period where flat pitches were so prominent in India/Oz/UAE and England has really counted against the sides. The techniques of batsmen seem to be getting worse and worse. In the 00's india had plenty of batsmen capable of making runs anywhere. Australia had the same too. Pakistan had 3 big guns with the capabilities. Today neither of the sides had any batsman who could adapt to any sort of conditions.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:30 GMT)

Is it pure coincidences that matches Afridi hasnt been part of these days pak have been winning them:P..and why on e6arth someone is sending umar akmal at nuber 6 in all formats..If he has the talent of kohli and people compare him with kohli he should bat at number number 6..the team management is reducing him to mere "tulla" seen in 3rd odi..let him prosper at 3 or 4..

Posted by Chris_P on (September 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Good stuff by the Pakistan outfit, always unpredicable & always a tough game. As for the "experts". I hope you are about shortly. You won't be forgotten. I don't mind Paksitan beating their chests, they earnt it, even the Boks, but come on guys, the "supporters" of a team who have lost 6 tests out of 11 & of a team who have been flogged in their last 8 away tests, that allows you to dish it out? LOL, have you NO shame?

Posted by Sk_Lee on (September 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT)

Excellent start for george bailley he is not a eligible for t20 format....... this is not a australian team no one confident with australian player....... this is real Australian eleven t20 format 1.watson 2.warner 3.travis birit 4.m.hussey 5.maxwell 6.m.marsh 7.wade 8.d.hussey 9.cummins 10.hogg 11.hilfehanus it's only the champion team......

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (September 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Worrying times for Australian cricket. Might be worth giving up the 20twenty cricket and concentrating on other formats. Its a suprise teams like Australia dont need to qualify playing against teams like Scotland and Namibia? 10th in the rankings indicates they should!

Posted by 360review on (September 6, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Seriously? Bailey as a captain of T20 Australia? He has 5 International T20 experience and he is made captain? What are selectors trying to prove here?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Lower than Ireland, plays current T20 world champs....If I was you RandyOZ I'd take an extended leave til after the back to back ashes series.

Posted by Aura123 on (September 6, 2012, 12:12 GMT)

Aus is great team they have never die attitude but the mistake they made in the last game was they were too aggressive and they were keep trying to hit the ball out of the ground against the quality bowling even tho they were losing the wickets on the regular basis. They should have taken more singles and made partnerships and be less aggressive. Pakistan have to work even harder to beat aus in the remaining games as Aus will come back hard. I want to see 3-0 :-)

Posted by Ross_Co on (September 6, 2012, 12:11 GMT)

Congrats Pakistan. We Aussies don't seem to be all that good at T20 - maybe we should take a leaf out of England's Test book and just give up on fielding a national T20 team. Could we have have Afridi please? Although, now I think about it, stacking the team full of foreign 'talent' didn't stop 'England' from being slaughtered by Pakistan in the form of the game that actually matters so perhaps that isn't the way to go after all. Great stuff anyway from Pakistan, always good to see legitimate teams doing well.

Posted by RagTagTeam on (September 6, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Ugh, what a shocker for Aus. Excellent bowling by Pakistan though. I doubt Aus will get any worse, it's not possible is it? As an aussie though, I thought Baileys Captaincy was really lacking. He opened with a part time spinner, and once Doherty was on song he replaced him with Cameron White, who got mashed. Surely with such a low total he should have bowled the best bowlers (Cummins, Hilfy, Doherty, Watson) 4 overs before even thinking of giving Maxwell/White a go... See you in the next game Pak. We wont be rolled so easily.

Posted by warneneverchuck on (September 6, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

Aussie shud make pitches Wich r helpful to spinner so that they can learn something on how to play spin

Posted by Saif_I_Khan on (September 6, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Recrutting OZ cricketers in IPL are hyped. Look at KKR who own without them. IPL franchises need to think about this issue rather than spending millions on he expectation of 'all gone Aussie aura' of the past

Posted by OneEyedAussie on (September 6, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

It is true that most Australians (including cricketers and fans,) don't really care about T20. The business men do, but they care for another reason ($$$). It shows in how we play it - how we select the team, how we bat, how we bowl etc. The kind of comments the fans make when our team loses. I think it's time Australians got serious about T20, because the game isn't going anywhere.

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 6, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

Well done to Pakistan, definatley one of the top contenders for the cup with India, SL and WI. RandyOz - didn't you read the article? 10th in the rankings, below Ireland!! you are rubbish mate!I bet all the Aussie fans are cancelling their flights as we speak. As for fairweather fans, the Aussies are hold the crown for that, just look at all the empty seats in the last ashes, who buys a ticket for a game then doesn't show up beacuse they're losing???

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 6, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

Pak Fans, I think it`s time to bid farewell to Shahid Afridi. He has done his bit for Pakistan. He helped Pakistan win the 2009 T20 world cup but the other younger players are coming through. It was reflected in both games he did not play. The second ODi and this 1st T20 match.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 6, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

@ Hammond If 20 overs of batting and bowling failure means the end of Aussie cricket, then what are witnessing by the results of a complete shellaking at the hands of Pakistan in the test series. followed by the shellaking inflicted by the current world champs in test.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:54 GMT)

Tanvir & Akmal taking forward their good SLPL form.

Posted by Pak_Fans_Youth on (September 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

I am very very happy to see that Australia loose from Pakistan. Pakistan is the best side in T20s. Inshaallah Pakistan will whitewash Australia in this T20I series. Pakistani selecters should give chance to our BOOM BOOM AFRIDI if he will recover from his injury before the 2nd T20I MATCH.

Posted by RandyOZ on (September 6, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

@Hammond - welcome back from your extended summer away from the South Africa series. You clearly didn't come back with any cricket knowledge sadly.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:45 GMT)

I just know that Bailey is a captain of Australia,s t20 team . My question is why not Shane Watson or David Warner .

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (September 6, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Great win by Pakistan in the term they have least experince in T20 all others playing IPL and CL while you have no cricket carry on

Posted by Charlie101 on (September 6, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

Great article - this has cheered me up no end . I am a little down after we lost the number 1 test ranking and needed some good news.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

what i think T20 check ur talent as well test cricket check so odi is on just hang on if u have good fielding u can win a lot but T20 check ur natural technics and nerves

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

@ Raj Sundararaman Mate you have really got to be kidding me . A team which cannot sustain the number 1 ranking for more than a year is a top ranked team in your eyes aah . SA were beaten in their home turf in 2011 by Australia in the one day series and the two tests series was squared despite Australia getting bundled out for paltry 47 in the first test . Just tell me how many times were England crowned the world Champions , i mean how many times did Engalnd and SA won the 50 over world cup tournament.I would sympathize with SA as they had succumbed to pressure on a couple of occasions where they deserved to be win the cup but what about England?.Limped to the quarters in 2011 after they were beaten by Bangladesh and Ireland .Just a piece of stastics for ya despite being beaten 4-0 by England Australia's recent performances in ODIs against this team 7-1 in 2009 ,2-3 in 2010 and 6-1 in 2011 . simple phrase never count the chickens before they hatch mate .cheers

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 6, 2012, 10:28 GMT)

@HAMISH "Extras scored more than 8 of the aussie batsmen"

Best comment really hahahahaha

Posted by Marcio on (September 6, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

@reality_check, I too am surprised at the poor sportsmanship shown by many supporters here. The comments for AUs vs PAK were all very polite until this game, and with one notable exception (we all know who he is), the Australian fans were respectful when winning and losing in the ODI series. Sure, many PAk supporters complained bitterly about their team/umpires etc when they lost, but nobody beat them up for it. I wonder what has changed? I do concede that a large number of the comments here now are probably from Indian and English fans, many of whom excel at this sort of thing. All I can say about them is that they deserve each other ;-) . Meanwhile it's on to the next game, and personally I am looking forward to it.

Posted by UK_Chap on (September 6, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

This article is a joke, this is only one T20 match, while it was a great performance by Pakistan, lets wait and see how they get on in the next two matches. Once bad performance by Aus does not make them a bad side or the worst side. What is especially galling and quite foolish is to suggest that Australia are more lower ranked than Ireland, Bangladesh, Zimb etc... ScottStevo : Whilst I agree with your sentiment that Aus are not a bad side, you figures just look like a mish mash and I could not put myself through attempting to read them. Despite england winning the last T20 world cup, Pakistan have always been the best T20 side. They were in the final in 2007 (Runners Up), they were in the final in 2009 (Winners) and they were inthe semi final in 2010. Since 2007 India have not had much success in T20 in the last two, England only reached the final 2010.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Liverpool fans :D for ausies

Posted by Hammond on (September 6, 2012, 10:07 GMT)

@rickyvoncanterbury- yeah it is a bit of fun. But Australia isn't much chop at the other two forms of the game either. Bog average really. There was a time once when Australia would have been streets ahead in all the cutting edge forms of cricket. I detest it really, but it is the new young brash thing. And this form of the game shows Australian cricket up as the old fashioned decaying edifice that it really is. Bankrupt of young talent and relying on blokes that would have retired already if they were in any other international team. Sad really.

Posted by bouncedout on (September 6, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

@RandyOz and're very quiet my fairweather friends.

Australia below Ireland LOL.

Love how the Aussies don't take a format seriously if they are rubbish at it. Somewhat contrary to the comments made by Clarke and Arthur about "leaving no stone unturned" in pursuit of 20/20 world cup glory LOL LOL.

Aussies really are terrible losers. Keep referring to your history boys. Nothing better than that for stopping a team progressing.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 6, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Well done Pakistan. Clearly the better side IMO. Well, I guess for guys like Marcio, the reality will take longer to sink in but for anyone with 2 eyes it's plain to see that Australia are plummeting inexorably down to the depths of the early-mid 80s across all 3 disciplines. Where is RandyOz and Jonesy? Still dreaming in la la land? Chuckles smugly.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 9:54 GMT)

@ScottStevo:everyone's aware that it had to be mike hussey's heroics in the very last over for australia to take an improbable win in the semis.Pakistan has been inconsistent in the batting department,fielding has more often than not been a grave concern.but as far as australia's performance is concerned,their batsmen apart from clarke and mike hussey dont seem to be tecnically equipped to handle deceptive for the t20s,Pakistan remains the most consistent side in the world t20 having reached the semis on all 3 occasions.australian team remains very good and strong and they'll definitely come hard at Pakistan tomorrow.but one must acknowledge the fact that war of words hasnt enabled the aussies to pick ajmal.and he's not the only one australia will have to dominate in order to win.both teams have entertained us so far but george bailey certainly went overboard when he said that oz will decimate Pakistan in the t20 series.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

T20... we love it, the boys and I play it in the backyard all the time. and there is no crying for the losers in this house, we know its a bit of fun.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

AF2199, Have to disagree with you for a single thing. They say we can't beat Australia in Australia. We can whitewash you in your home as well.

Posted by CricViews on (September 6, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

The BIGGEST problem with the oz T20 side is their captain BAILEY. The oz selectors have blundered yet again. The captaincy belongs with Shane Watson or David Warner & Bailey should not even be part of the team. He has not made it into the playing side of ANY of the IPL teams and he is a complete waste of a spot in their team. It wold have been better to ask Clarke to come out of retirement since he can bowl as well. A simple word to describe the oz selectors. DUMB!!

Posted by Vibhanu on (September 6, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Pakistan friends,you should thank to slpl.At slpl Pakistan found their team combinations.Also,players like Kamran Akmal,Imran Nazir and Abdul Razzak found their long gone form.Sohail Tanvir,Mohammed Hafeez,Umar Gul and Saeed Ajmal brushed up their form and confidence.

Posted by latu on (September 6, 2012, 9:03 GMT)

pakistan as always very good team but inconsistent

Posted by ScottStevo on (September 6, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

Think you'll find one match in T20 is pretty irrelevant. if you fools would like to take a look at the stats in T20I, Australia hasn't done badly at all. v Bangladesh 2007-2010 2 2 0 0 0 - 33.12 7.83 141 - v England 2005-2011 7 3 3 0 1 1.00 27.15 7.97 221 79 v India 2007-2012 6 3 3 0 0 1.00 28.12 8.10 184 131 v New Zealand 2005-2010 5 4 0 1 0 - 33.96 9.19 214 - v Pakistan 2007-2012 8 3 5 0 0 0.60 15.82 7.49 197 89 v South Africa 2006-2011 8 4 4 0 0 1.00 26.47 8.52 209 - v Sri Lanka 2007-2011 6 2 4 0 0 0.50 22.41 7.92 168 - v West Indies 2008-2012 7 4 3 0 0 1.33 28.42 8.49 179 - v Zimbabwe 2007-2007 1 0 1 0 0 0.00 15.33 6.90 138 -

Considering this record, I wouldn't be surprised to see us win the next one. It appears as though we lose one, then win one.

those of you also harping on about us not being a force in the T20 arena, especially the Pak fans, remember the last world cup? Who knocked Pak out again???? Until the finals, we demolished everyone......

Posted by reality_check on (September 6, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

I am a Pakistani fan but I find all the gloating from Pak fans a bit childish. It's only one match out of three. Australia played bad and Pakistan played equally well. Result reflects that. Australia is not Bangladesh or Zimbabwe where you can predict a whitewash. If any team can bounce back it's the Aussies and they are more than capable of doing it. I suggest cool your bravado, praise the Pak team for playing really good in the first match and hope that they repeat it in the remaining two because I know Pak team is perhaps the only team which can disappoint you thoroughly after a great win.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Inshallha Pakistan will win the World cup T20 in Sri Lanka.

Posted by Praxis on (September 6, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

@Raj Sundararaman, one T20 match is never an indicator of the quality of any cricket team, though AUS are one of the very few countries who takes all three formats seriously. Also their recent overseas records are better than most teams. It seriously bothers me that you are using one T20 match to analyse whole AUS cricket.

Posted by AF2199 on (September 6, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Each and every Aussie supporter here is crying about T20 being a bit of gig format Then why dunt you guys ask your cricket board to put away the leauges like Big Bash and ask your players to stop playing IPL. T20 is the game of the future where no one has time to watch test cricket for 5 days .... If you can not adopt to the changes then graps are sour not that you do not want to eat them ... And what about Pakistan not winning a test series in Australia .... Wake up Aussie fans you test team is of no use as well for last couple of years ... Pakistan can beat you hands down in a test series in UAE right now 3-0 like we beat England.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Extras scored more than 8 of the aussie batsmen.

Posted by musa441 on (September 6, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

i m a pakistani fan and i love australian team sow at if they lose here england lost here too and to be honest pakistani spinners are threat to every team at the moment maybe not that much threat against india as they play spin the best of the lot but its not only australia i bet if south africa comes here and play against pakistan ont hese tracks they will also lose like this ! i still believe australians have the ability to rise again maybe notthis series but i surely cnat write themoff as many commenters here have !! anyways even if they lose 3-0 i cant say that their good days are permanently over yes it s temporary slump but every fall has a rise and i m sure australia will rise in a few years as the topside in cricket!! pakistan has witnessed a very oor decade of international cricket from 2002 to 2012 int his era they have faced many controversies and defeats and some remarkable achievements as well but i probably believe that we can see a 90's like pakistan in next decade!!

Posted by Nicholas94 on (September 6, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

I'm surprised randyOZ has commented about Australia having the best chance of winning the world T20. A big wake up call for him!!

Posted by garg3 on (September 6, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Paras_punter : do not hide your frustration. Australia was one of the first team to experiment with totally diff players for different formats of the game. They are supposed to be the best in their training methodology and other basics of the game. So if they loose either format of the game do not try to under estimate that but take that in your stride and move on. For many a five day format may not be that interesting but that does not mean that it is meaningless. The techniques required for the shortest format are equally complicated else it would not be so tough for many power players who despite being the strongest are not the best in this format. Its long time that the T20 format gets its due

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

Mike Hussy is Best Choice. Bailey should wait for Mike's Retirement. Mike Hussy for Captain for sure. !!!!

Posted by Muttee on (September 6, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

If someone still thinks why K.Akmal is still in the team, you really need to go and watch the highlights of the match.

Posted by BeVeryAfraidi on (September 6, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Someone said these Aussies get paid 60million $ in IPL, wow - says alot about both them n IPL , Kudos

Posted by Muttee on (September 6, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

@ pras_punter: I think at the present time nothing else matters other than the T20i due to the world cup coming up and it seems like you are the only one who doesn't care about it. it is about time you wake up and stop providing lame excuses for not bieng good in this format

Posted by criclover_at_cricinfo on (September 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

LOL@Aussie fans, stop whining and learn to accept the reality, post Mcgrath, warne, waugh, aussies are on decline, winning a series here and there doesn't matter. Admit the fact, aussies are minnows of T20 lolzzzzzz.

Posted by SWINGKINGPIN on (September 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

And members of this Aussie team churns out more than 60 million $ frm the Indians in IPL, hahahahaha!!!

Posted by Hammond on (September 6, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Australia sitting below Ireland in a form of cricket. LOL.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

only reason pakistan won this game was that misbah was not there and good captaincy by T20 captain and brilliant fielding and bowling.It is the time now to appoint a new one day and test captain after dismal performance of Pakistan against srilanka and aussies. A man whose position in the team is not secure cannot be a good captain plus his age expects a decision like Straussy's.

Posted by Syed_imran_abbas on (September 6, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

To me watson should have been captain of this Aus side. Hafeez has to give up his place for kamran akmal and other openers. Karman and nazir or nasir and nazir and kamran at no 3. hafeez may come at no 4. pakistan must play another batsman. may be replace raza hassan with asad shafeeq, they are gona need some proper batsman in bigger chase.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

@Pras_Punter: totally agree with you on this. Frankly I'm really not bothered where Australia - or for that matter any test playing nation - stands in the T20 rankings. T20 barely qualifies as cricket. But kindly leave your bias against sub-continent cricket followers aside. You'll be surprised to know there are many in the sub-continent, including me, who value test cricket more than anything else.

Posted by ashankar on (September 6, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

@Pras_Punter well, then why do you even have a t20 team. Scrap that.

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 6, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

Australia DONE WELL in ODI...Please PAk don,t make things bigger ...just for T@20 win...EVEN PAKISTAN gona win T20....3-0.......they can not Fill lose of ODI don,t comments on for this win

Posted by phil_anderson on (September 6, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

@Pras_Punter if T20 is so meaning less then I suggest AUS should withdraw from T20 cricket and not participate in T20 WorldCup. Also please enlighten Mr.Bailey with your thoughts on the same, poor fellow seems very upset with the loss (rightly so)..Take the defeat sportingly instead of giving lame excuses!!

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 6, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

@Pras_Punter: Yea you better move on and take your team with you as they are no good in this format. Adios!

Posted by mani938 on (September 6, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

the aussies saying tht they r best one day side...nd test side...dint they remember...a recent 4-o defeat in england in odis..nd 5-0 ashes...where is no.1 then aussies...we lose due to our bad captancy..otherwise u wr nthng...see games win by pakistan..both comprehensively...nd u win by mere margin..wd so much ths shws we lack a good captain nd u ppl lack a good team...:p

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:42 GMT)


Posted by kc69 on (September 6, 2012, 7:40 GMT)

As it was said by one of the commentators that T20 format suits Pak team better than anyone else.I believe they will be very tough team in T20 than any other format

Posted by getsetgopk on (September 6, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

@Marcio: A t20 loss here nor there was infact the heftiest for Auss in terms of ball spared. Auss won the OID's and thats well played to you but not without a few scratches on their way from Pak spinners and that keeps hauting them, aint over yet!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

I would like to say that denial is the worst way to cut your face off a failure. Cricket is cricket, whatever the format is!! To insist on this fact that major cricket formats are ODI's and Tests would rather be unfair in my opinion, because team Pakistan has a star players Shahid Afrid and more, who are match winners in any format on their day and belongs to the category of hard hitting gala. So, the fact of neglecting the hard hitters/flick players or disbelieving that anyone who can win in shorter format is at stack of luck, will sound like bit childish or immature. Well to end up in conclusive manner, congratulations Team Pakistan on putting up a fantastic show and best of luck to team Australia for the rest of series.

Posted by esap on (September 6, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

"Catches Win Matches"...PAk fielding was good ..Have a very good Bowling line up..hasan raza shows his talent..Pressure on Afridi to retain his position...Pak has great chance to make a cleansweap inT20 series..@@

Posted by baabay on (September 6, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

pakistan bowled well the pitch suited them aussies didn't adjust to the pace of the pitch in 20 overs the recovery time is short the mistakes are punished straight away below 100 will always be difficult to defend in any format of the game. I am sure they will come back stronger and depending on the pitch the will perform well As for the pakistani side they played well bowled well batted well fielding still needs to be sharp to win with more than 5 overs is fantastic.

Posted by kc69 on (September 6, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Aussies lookes completely inept.I bet bangladesh would have played better than Australia in those conditions

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Marcio: What was the result in the ODI series when Aus played England in England before the last ODI series? I believe it was 4-0 in favor of England. Aus were white-washed.I guess your standards and expectations of the Australian team have come down. Yes, if you want to beat sub-standard teams from the sub-continent, you probably have a decent enough team. But do not dream of beating the top teams like RSA and England with the same personnel.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 6, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Aussies performance in T20 cricket is going down just because they lost the y'day match badly. One bad or good match performance doesn't make a team bad or a great. It was a once in a blue moon performance from Australia. No doubt Pakistan played excellently and deserved winner but it was hugely contributed by the Aussie batsmen. I don;t hold T20 cricket is the ultimate cricket. For me test match is the ultimate cricket. T-20 cricket is like "Gulli Danda"...

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:27 GMT)

even England beat Pakistan in T20 in the UAE, so Australia must be terrible at playing spin.

Posted by xylofon on (September 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

I find it comical that some people here dismiss the whole format every time their team loses a game in T20 or if Pakistan wins comfortably. Look at what Australias captain is actually saying in the article above: that Pakistans spinners are outstanding. And Pakistan pressued Australia well in the ODI format as was seen in the final match especially and also winning one ODI match. As for test format, we WHITEWASHED england in UAE 3-0 not long ago. Ajmal at that time took 7-for in one of the matches. Pakistans strength factors are consisent, pace bowling to some extent (shoaib gone but junaid khan/umar gul are in there) but certainly spinners. Those are the reasons Pakistan won yesterday in a convicning manner.

Anyway, Australia has the powers to come back from this and we have a couple of exciting matches ahead no doubt.

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 6, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

What i wonder always is, what after Punter(Though not in good form and will retire soon) and Mike Hussey. Do Australia have any depth? In fact, any other reliable batsman apart from Clarke? NO. And bowling wise too. No bowler plays three series continuously. Where had the fitness and talent of the old Australia gone? Lack of spinners(post Warne) is acceptable but consistently breaking fast bowlers and not so impressive batsmen were not expected from Australia.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

cant u see if hussy would have been given out on first ball

Posted by mjcoxx on (September 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

I can't believe the result of a Tewnty20 match has generated 45 comments. Nobody will remember this match in two days. Australia's worst performance in a Twenty20 since 2005? Really? You'd be hard pressed to find any Australians aware of this meaningless statistic in this nothing game.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:25 GMT)

Poor Captain. Who will Bailey him out? From the predicament he is facing? RandyOz, the most ardent Aussie writer in these posts, where are you? Pl help your brand new Captain. In your absence, Marcio can Bailey him out with a couple of his brilliant ideas. (1) T-20 is just hit & giggle. Since you didn't hit it Bailey, at least giggle. (2) World cup to be held in Srilanka may also be taken as opportunities for learning / training! (By the way, the second one is a gem of an idea. Any Captain of any team in the world can readily use whenever and/or wherever they lose a series.) If any team loses AGAIN in another series, as we Indians did in Australia, after our loss in England, we should blame the previous opponent as poor Teacher/Trainer. Ha! So simple. So easy to use. Brilliant RTU stuff (Read: RTU as Ready To Use. Like FMCG companies use RTE -- Ready To Eat). If any one else has such good RTU ideas,pl post them. All of us can use those, irrespective of the country we are supporting

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:23 GMT)

team pakistan is v.v strong team in t20 cricket ... i thing PAKISTAN must be win the t20 world cup 2012..b.coz the bowling line of pakistan team is very strong.....

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

Gone are the good ol days hey?

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 7:14 GMT)

@Pause_punter if u think cricket always belong to your land and just matter of fast bowling and test series so come and play test against pak in subcontinent.Way england get defeated by 3-0 in same way Aus will treat as england came here after Win Ashes so u can finilize the result very well.

Posted by Hommi on (September 6, 2012, 7:13 GMT)

T20 is for entertainment, you cannot judge a team or a player based on his performances in such a short game.. Aussies might not be doing well in T20s but i tell you they are still one of the best Test Teams, they have got good fast bowlers, their fielding is perfect, they are energetic.. About losing to Pakistan in first T20, i think winning/losing is part of game.. its not the end of the world.. if they come up well prepared for Ajmal in next game results would be different.. They still have got good chance in WorldT20 given they play the spin well on spinning lankan tracks.. Pakistan should get rid of Sohail Tanvir and Shoaib malik i cannot understand why Razzaq has been selected he is old, cant field, cant bowl.. its weird

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 6, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

a win in a meaningless form of the game and the fans are all over the world as if pak has won a test series in Aus. What matters most is Aus has already won the one that matters in this tour. Hit and giggle formats count very less. Fans of the Sub-continent teams rate their average teams high based on the performances in this sort of formats !! We have already moved on to focus on the test-series vs SA in Nov.

Posted by Marcio on (September 6, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

@Raj Sundararaman, LOL. So a single game of 20 overs T20 hit and giggle tells the truth of where AUS cricket is at, while the 20 days of sustained quality cricket in the test series vs Inda mean nothing? What alternative universe do some posters here come from? BTW, Raj, where were you when AUS just won the ODI series? The same place you are whenever AUS does well, which is 75% of the time.

Posted by Cricket_Master_Mind on (September 6, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Aus- Missed clark captaincy. Beily looks so immature to this Fast TRack cricket. Aus need new captine. Hussy may be the good choice for t20's

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 6:44 GMT)

the aussies problem is people are not sure of their places and are putting too much presure on them. look at warner inODIs he was not sure of whether to attack or defend and hence you see him fall cheaply. same goes with wade. This is were the coaches and the captain who is a selector should instill confidence. Yesterdays match was a clear point in this direction. they wanted to attack the spinners but were not sure of what to do. ajmal is different bowler but same can be said of mendis. aussies struggled to pick mendis but adjusted well in subsequent matches. they need to be patient when dealing with spin. the best way to counter spin would be to take an off stump guard thay way you can counter ajmals doosra.

Posted by Maaaaster on (September 6, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

Difference among both teams is spin bowling attack ... Raza Hassan, M. Hafeez, Saeed Ajmal and Shoaib Malik completely dominate the Aussie batting lineup in yesterday's match ....

Aussies have to work hard to attain respect in T20I

Posted by Marcio on (September 6, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@bobagorof, the rankings are just silly. As I have pointed out AUS has never played a 3 game T20 series, and has drawn 4 of the last 5 series it has played - WI, SA, ENG, IND (drawn), and a loss to SL. The fact is these have all been warm up series with no meaning, and the 'neutral' results reflect that. If AUS is so bad, then why couldn't WI, SA, ENG, IND beat them? The answer is that these teams are all pretty evenly matched. That's what the results show, and what the rankings don't. I wouldn't pay the slightest attention to the T20 rankings. Australia has as good a chance as anyone of winning the T20 WC. There's little doubt the perfromance in this series will improve greatly (there are just too many proven winners there, incl in these conditions) and they should win at least one of the remaining 2 games, if not both.

Posted by Marcio on (September 6, 2012, 6:30 GMT)

The end is nigh. Even worse, AUS might lose a T20 series for the first time in a year ;-) . I count five drawn series and one lost series out of the last 5 AUS has played. People really don't get it. This is T20. The next game will be totally different. AUS just beat PAK in the ODIs, a format takes a much more sustained level of skill and application than do T20s. There's no reason why AUS can't win the next game, or even the series. Same conditions and mostly the same teams. But they might lose. Either way it won't make much difference for the T20 WC, except that this is very good practice for both teams, and will give them a definite advantage over opposition teams who have been playing in, say, England ;-). And for all the typical Poms bashing AUS here, I'd rather a bad T20 loss which is neither here nor there, than the biggest ever test losing margin in terms of wickets (18), when the stakes were much higher.

Posted by Prabhash1985 on (September 6, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

To be honest, Australians are highly skilled, and will play incredible cricket. I'm pretty sure about that. The article title says nothing about what the captain said. He had said, if they play like this, they won't win, which is clear. But, the article indirectly indicates that Australians are not skilled enough or something like that. That's wrong. All teams are equally balanced, and for me, the ICC ranking has no meaning.

Posted by KEVINSL on (September 6, 2012, 6:25 GMT)

I don't think this is end of Aussie Era.after gilly, hayden,warne, mcgrath era ,Aussie trying to rebuild their squad under new captain. which means it defiantly take some time. cummins, pattinson, wade,now maxwell are certainly bright spot for their future even though most of them have some fitness issue. but as we all know Aussie have the best domestic competition among the all cricket domestic competitions in the world. I think these players just need international match experience.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

The Aussies are in for a rude shock. They are wrong if they think that their team is on the upswing if they base this on the fact that they walloped a sub-par Indian team which is absolutely not interested in playing test matches. Players like Warnwer, D.Hussey, Pattinson, Forest are all sub-par. The bowling is also over-rated. They bowled out an Indian batting line-up that was way past its prime. Other players like Sehwag, gambhir and Dhoni are all good only in sub-continental conditions. Only Kohli was of any standard during the series. Like I said, Aussies are in for a rude shock when they face South Africa later this year and in the Ashes if England can sort out their problems.

Posted by edgie on (September 6, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Have to be hoenst I ddin't recognize half of the Aussies playing! Only names that i recognized were the Hussey brothers, Watson, Hilfenhaus, White, Warner. And it seems the Aussies have certainly lost that aura that they had in the 90's/2000's. Definately a beatable team, and based on the 1st T20 resut, i don't see them doing well in Sri Lanka.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 6, 2012, 6:04 GMT)

Australia: The average skilled, average ranked team in all formats of the game. They continue their 4 years-long dominance of the bottom of the rankings.

Posted by productivity on (September 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Thats the way PAK needs to play....Great win by pakistan........good stand by Nazir & Hafeez.Kamran back in form.......if the play like this pak will lift the trphy again in SL..........NAZIR, AJMAL, AKMAL Brothers, Gul Will be the difference...........Thats y Pak is the most dangrous in the world.......Best ov Luck team PAKISTAN

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:54 GMT)

Mr.Bailey don't worry your time will come....but not in this series

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Yeah. I agree that Pakistan has best Spin attack, but only the need of the moment is to bat and field well. Pakistan mostly loses due to bad performance with the bat and in the field. They can overcome because they are full of talent. If they do this with healthy attack, It is guarantee that no one can beat them.

Posted by Mervo on (September 6, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Its only the T20 stuff. And that on a wicket where fast bowlers were almost toothless. It made average spinners appear invincible.

Posted by PrasPunter on (September 6, 2012, 5:45 GMT)

should we really care about t20 victories or defeats ? Is that a format worth following ? I think our UAE tour is , for all practical purposes, done with the clinching of the ODI series. Boys shall cool their heels off !! Move on !!!

Posted by maddy20 on (September 6, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

Australia is pathetic in ODIs and T20. As for tests, we will know after SA vs Aus series. Me thinks they will lose 2-0 and in India, well lets just say their test ranking is gonna get a lot worse as well!

Posted by _faraz on (September 6, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

Australia is still not able to adjust to T20 Version of this cricket. They could achieve success in long-run by sticking with current T20 side.

Posted by CricketFan365 on (September 6, 2012, 5:30 GMT)

It's really sad for cricket fans seeing Australia performing like this. I hope their rebuilding process finishes soon and they come back to the top of the table. I miss Mathew Schwarzenegger Heyden and his co.

Posted by Aristotle01 on (September 6, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

Thats where the Aussies belong anyway, Right? Below Ireland! Why should this news surprise anyone? Its just normal routine. Right. Wonder whats gonna happen to the ashes next summer! Wooh! England looking good to take it through again I say.

Posted by Meety on (September 6, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

The only good thing about the loss, is that it was NOT the W/Cup. Oz have a history of indifferent form prior to W/Cups, so all is not lost!

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:19 GMT)

pak winning without afridi ..............afridi is no more required

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

it will be nice to see Aussies at # 10 behind ireland..lolz

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 6, 2012, 5:16 GMT)

Australia now don,t have brett lee..pointing..glenn ...Adam... they ALL 100% match winner they Depend on MIKE HUSSY....if He play Auss won.

Posted by HawK89 on (September 6, 2012, 5:05 GMT)

It's a T20, either go for it to win or get bowled out in 15 overs. Might as well go play baseball, I didn't see many cricket shots.

Posted by Samar_Singh on (September 6, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

Playing spinners have been very difficult to major teams like Aus, Eng, NZ etc... So there is a huge possibilty that the T20 cup might remain in the Asia.. More likely India, pakistan or SL.. WI are also a very good side in this shorter format having Gayle , Bravo returned in the team..

Posted by shahbazhussain on (September 6, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

Woow Auatralia going #10 after being second in last t20! that is massive demoralization for a team that was competing the title couple years ago and found to be ranked equal to non-test playing nation! thats massive

Posted by india_needs_to_win_abroad on (September 6, 2012, 4:46 GMT)

Ridiculous batting order by Australia...they should've sent in Maxwell ahead of hussey and watson.

Posted by AmjadZork on (September 6, 2012, 4:42 GMT)

What a performance by the Pakistanis.... wow !!!

Posted by Masud_BITK on (September 6, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Aussie will surely come back in form. I don't know why assie feels terrible when they play T20. I see NO reason to be like this down.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Well done Team Pakistan! Hopefully you are gonna win the rest of the two matches as well.

Posted by dsig3 on (September 6, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Jeez guys get it together. I dont take much notice of this 20/20 rubbish, but you are all wearing national colors. Pull your socks up.

Posted by ns_krishnan on (September 6, 2012, 4:03 GMT)

The T20 rankings are a joke. There simply isn't enough of them played to have a meaningful ranking system. It is almost like batsmen just facing one ball every match and having a ranking based on that.

Posted by chad_reid on (September 6, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

How can a team win when they choose players that don't even play in the big bash or just play one or two games selectors need to choose specific players for each format not just odi and test players playing t20 only player that deserves to play all three formats is mike hussey i hope pak beat us 3-0 to get the message to the selectors which i hardly think they'll get.

Posted by Biggus on (September 6, 2012, 3:56 GMT)

It's not the end of the world, we don't take T20 all that seriously. Great win by Pakistan though, I wouldn't want to take anything away from them, they were simply way too good for us on the night.

Posted by mumerashfaq on (September 6, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

Great work by Pak...... keep it up. :)

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

I still Believe Australia will Bounce back because they are real fighters but Good Work Form Pakistani Boys, Cant understand Why Kamran Akmal is still in the team

Posted by xylo on (September 6, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

I might be wrong, but Bailey is more of a passenger in the XI. Maybe, he has a stellar domestic record in T20s, but it beats me why Shane Watson was overlooked for this job. When the going is tough, an inspirational innings or spell from the captain goes a long way.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

hurrayyyyyyyyyyy atlast we did it.... love the way team players numbered and its nice to see all my favorites in team.

Posted by sri2001 on (September 6, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

George Bailey should not have been made captain, as he is not a best batsman for Australia. Glen Maxwell should be batting in top 4. Travis Birt and Aaron Finch should have been in the side. Australia are not all favourites to win the T20 title.

Posted by   on (September 6, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

Sad to see a champion team like Australia low down the pile.

Posted by the_blue_android on (September 6, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

@ RandyOz - Wanna predict the winners of World T20 ? Just like you predicted the U-19 WC winners?

Posted by bobagorof on (September 6, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

It's no secret that the current Australian batsmen are deficient against spin. It's also no secret that, despite having some accomplished players, Australia has always fared poorly in the Twenty20 format. Improving both of these will take some time - it's unusual to see an Australian team at the bottom end of world rankings but it is an accurate reflection of their performances. They're capable of beating any team on their day, if their pace bowlers are on song and their batsmen fire, but too often they've been inconsistent and underperformed.

Posted by SMALI_RWP on (September 6, 2012, 3:45 GMT)

I agree with Bailey that the loss was a shattering below and they were at sea playing Pakistan's spinners. However, to say that they could fall below Ireland in the ICC ranking would imply Ireland is better than Aussies is going over the top. The Aussies are having a problem of their own having seen some of their great batters and bowler retiring but I think it is only a phase they are going thru. Their domestic setup is robust to put back on track. They ruled the rooast for almost a decade beating and thrashing the rest of the world cricket teams. I think it only a glitch from which they will recover in due course, perhaps within 2 years.

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