Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai September 6, 2012

Australia likely to include Hogg

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Australia are likely to include Brad Hogg for the second T20I in Dubai on a wicket that is expected to aid slow bowlers, Shane Watson has said. Australia lost the first Twenty20 to Pakistan by seven wickets on Wednesday after their side collapsed to their second-lowest total in Twenty20 matches.

Hogg, 41, made a comeback to Australia's Twenty20 side in a match against India in February this year and since then has played in the IPL and the SLPL. "There is a good chance Brad Hogg will play," Watson said. "He's a wicket-taking bowler as he showed throughout his whole career and in his comeback as well."

"There's no doubt that the wicket is only going to turn more, there's only one wicket out there so I pretty much consider that we're going to be playing on that wicket for the next couple of games as well."

Australia, who batted first, lost regular wickets and were all out for 89. The batsmen not only struggled against the spin trio of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Raza Hasan - who shared six wickets - but also against seamers Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir. Only three batsmen in the line-up managed double-digit scores, with David Warner's 22 being the highest.

"You've got to take some positives I suppose, batting there weren't positives there at all, but in the end, we just have to play a lot better, we've to bat a lot better to be able to put Pakistan's batting under pressure," Watson said.

"I think their bowling in general was pretty difficult to handle. Umar Gul bowled beautifully at the start as well as Sohail Tanvir, before the spinners. So they've got a well-balanced bowling unit, Hafeez has high quality spinners as well, but I think they've got a good balance."

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  • on September 7, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Rehan Barlas - 1 T20 world cup win, 1 as runner up n 1 semi finals .. its not 3 semi finals and two finals and have won the T20 WC cup as u hav said ..

  • the_blue_android on September 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @ Meety - Our batsman has 100 international centuries to show for his age. What does Brad Hogg have? 50 wickets in over 20 years of grade and FC cricket and a ball with our batsman's signature on it!

  • on September 7, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    hahaha this is really funny, Aussie fans jeering Pakistanis!, Did do you know you are ranked 9th in the T20 format?? Yes even bangladesh are above you and Ireland will soon be above you, so worry about your own house being in order and maybe you can crack the top 5 in the future

  • on September 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @behing _the_bowlers_arm: your comments are shall we say wishful thinking at best and I certainly wouldn't be talking with Australia's pathetic and amateurish T20 track record which is highlighted in the T20 world cup. Pakistan on the other hand have made 3 semi finals and two finals and have won the T20 WC cup as well. Aussies on the other hand have made one final and got thrashed and managed to lose to Zimbabwe in the T20 WC too. It's not xmas everyday buddy, check your stats mates, ajmal dismissed the Hussey brothers in 5 out of 6 innings in the ODIs . Pakistan dominates this format mate. And dont focus so much on pakistan buddy, I would focus on my team reaching hundred and someone getting 30+ in the next match! Come back to me when Aus win the T20 WC...

  • satish619chandar on September 7, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @Mervo : Yeah you need tracks so that average medium pacers like Pattinson, Cummins and Starc seem like a Walsh-Ambrose combo.

  • Right_into_the_block_hole on September 7, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    We don't care where and how it comes from..We wanna WIN! GO PAKISTAN!

  • Sinhaya on September 7, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    @Meety, yes Sanga did make that comment about our pitches. That shows how our cricket planners are dumb! Spin is our strength and not space. We must know that when we go to Australia, SA and England etc we will only get bouncy pitches. We must learn to exploit home advantage. Anyway, Aussies should have played Lyon in Dubai as he is the best of Aussie spinners. Doherty is quite below par overall.

  • on September 7, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @ Behind the Bowler's arm, dude.. Ajmal has kept Hussy as his pet in this running series.. He scored but not against Ajmal.. And we will see who will knock out who in the world cup.. Keep on trying your luck and lemme tell you one thing, Australia is not winning a world cup again at any level for next 10 years or so.. The world cup in Sri Lanka will go to either Sri Lanka, India or Pakistan.. Mark my words.. You will be out of the t-20 world cup in a flash Aussies :D :P

  • Marcio on September 7, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Australia has a very strong T20 team on paper, so I'm sure it won't be long till they put together some strong wins. The conditions are obviously extreme, completely favouring Pakistan, but you can't keep good players down for long. They did just win the ODI series, after all. And on paper this T20 team is stronger than the ODI team. Australia have now played 6 successive series away from home in extreme conditions, so you have to keep that in mind when judging performances. Players like Warner, Watson and Starc would come into play big time if this game was played on the more sporting pitches in Australia - ones which have something for everyone, not just slow bowlers. Apparently the SL pitches for the WC won't be rank turners, which will be good for all teams. At any rate, Australia has done well recently in SL, the WI and now UAE, winning 4 series, drawing 2 and losing 1 out of a total of 7. So much for AUS not being able to play in such conditions.

  • on September 6, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    If there is pain in the brain,gelly on the belly wouldn't help! Batting woes will not be solved by strengthening bowling. But, good move, considering Hogg's form. Hope they play both Hogg & Maxwell. Should have considered even for the last match.

  • on September 7, 2012, 9:03 GMT

    Rehan Barlas - 1 T20 world cup win, 1 as runner up n 1 semi finals .. its not 3 semi finals and two finals and have won the T20 WC cup as u hav said ..

  • the_blue_android on September 7, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    @ Meety - Our batsman has 100 international centuries to show for his age. What does Brad Hogg have? 50 wickets in over 20 years of grade and FC cricket and a ball with our batsman's signature on it!

  • on September 7, 2012, 2:21 GMT

    hahaha this is really funny, Aussie fans jeering Pakistanis!, Did do you know you are ranked 9th in the T20 format?? Yes even bangladesh are above you and Ireland will soon be above you, so worry about your own house being in order and maybe you can crack the top 5 in the future

  • on September 7, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    @behing _the_bowlers_arm: your comments are shall we say wishful thinking at best and I certainly wouldn't be talking with Australia's pathetic and amateurish T20 track record which is highlighted in the T20 world cup. Pakistan on the other hand have made 3 semi finals and two finals and have won the T20 WC cup as well. Aussies on the other hand have made one final and got thrashed and managed to lose to Zimbabwe in the T20 WC too. It's not xmas everyday buddy, check your stats mates, ajmal dismissed the Hussey brothers in 5 out of 6 innings in the ODIs . Pakistan dominates this format mate. And dont focus so much on pakistan buddy, I would focus on my team reaching hundred and someone getting 30+ in the next match! Come back to me when Aus win the T20 WC...

  • satish619chandar on September 7, 2012, 2:08 GMT

    @Mervo : Yeah you need tracks so that average medium pacers like Pattinson, Cummins and Starc seem like a Walsh-Ambrose combo.

  • Right_into_the_block_hole on September 7, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    We don't care where and how it comes from..We wanna WIN! GO PAKISTAN!

  • Sinhaya on September 7, 2012, 0:31 GMT

    @Meety, yes Sanga did make that comment about our pitches. That shows how our cricket planners are dumb! Spin is our strength and not space. We must know that when we go to Australia, SA and England etc we will only get bouncy pitches. We must learn to exploit home advantage. Anyway, Aussies should have played Lyon in Dubai as he is the best of Aussie spinners. Doherty is quite below par overall.

  • on September 7, 2012, 0:09 GMT

    @ Behind the Bowler's arm, dude.. Ajmal has kept Hussy as his pet in this running series.. He scored but not against Ajmal.. And we will see who will knock out who in the world cup.. Keep on trying your luck and lemme tell you one thing, Australia is not winning a world cup again at any level for next 10 years or so.. The world cup in Sri Lanka will go to either Sri Lanka, India or Pakistan.. Mark my words.. You will be out of the t-20 world cup in a flash Aussies :D :P

  • Marcio on September 7, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    Australia has a very strong T20 team on paper, so I'm sure it won't be long till they put together some strong wins. The conditions are obviously extreme, completely favouring Pakistan, but you can't keep good players down for long. They did just win the ODI series, after all. And on paper this T20 team is stronger than the ODI team. Australia have now played 6 successive series away from home in extreme conditions, so you have to keep that in mind when judging performances. Players like Warner, Watson and Starc would come into play big time if this game was played on the more sporting pitches in Australia - ones which have something for everyone, not just slow bowlers. Apparently the SL pitches for the WC won't be rank turners, which will be good for all teams. At any rate, Australia has done well recently in SL, the WI and now UAE, winning 4 series, drawing 2 and losing 1 out of a total of 7. So much for AUS not being able to play in such conditions.

  • on September 6, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    If there is pain in the brain,gelly on the belly wouldn't help! Batting woes will not be solved by strengthening bowling. But, good move, considering Hogg's form. Hope they play both Hogg & Maxwell. Should have considered even for the last match.

  • Potatis on September 6, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    Go Hoggy, you LEGEND! :) It's worth a try, Australia can't play much worse than the last game. :)

  • Meety on September 6, 2012, 23:43 GMT

    @the_blue_android - Hoggys is only a couple of years older than some of your star batsmen & TWICE as fit. No worries there mate! @Behind_the_bowlers_arm - it's interesting, there was a recent article on this site, where Kumar Sanga said that SL pitches are becoming a bit quicker & bouncier!

  • bobagorof on September 6, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    farhan4050: Australia is currently more concerned with the next 2 matches and the Twenty20 World Cup over the next month, rather than 'the future'. Once the Twenty20 World Cup is over, they'll look at who is likely to be around in 3-4 years and try to pass on experience to those players. But right now they need to find some form with the players who are likely to perform best in Sri Lanka over the next 4 weeks. Starc has already shown form in the ODI series.

  • foursandsixes on September 6, 2012, 23:09 GMT

    If Pak bat first, Aus will win as Pak batters will be exposed. That is Australia's only chance.

  • on September 6, 2012, 22:45 GMT

    If Aussies want to avoid white wash. Their next choice must be Shane Warne what else you are trying to digg-out from Brad Hogg. They also need Clark in their T20i. Otherwise nobody can stop Ireland to get higher rank over to Aussies. ;)

  • Mervo on September 6, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    They must be so tired of the massively turning wickets there that makes average spinners seem like gods. Back to some balanced wickets where the whole game is relevant not slow low wickets. Boring ......

  • BG4cricket on September 6, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    Shershah I think your team looks pretty good but my order would be Watson, Warner, D Hussey, M Hussey, Maxwell, Bailey, Wade, Hogg, McKay, Starc, Cummins - between Maxwell, D Hussey and Hogg we should cover the spinning component. The first 6 overs are critical and we need the openers to find a way to get after Hafeez so we can build from there. This looks like Australia's best line up as White and Maxwell are too similar and Maxwell has the better current form with the bat (neither's bowling should be a factor as not good enough at this level) and D Hussey needs to come up the order as he is a very dangerous player at this level although if we get a good start perhaps Maxwell could come up to 3. I wonder why we don't try Lyon at this format given his performances in domestic T20 are what got him into first class and Test cricket though.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 6, 2012, 22:17 GMT

    I fully expect Pakistan to win the next two matches on the same deteriorating pitch. And then they'll toddle off to Sri Lanka and Australia will knock them out of the World Cup. Mike Hussey will probably tonk Ajmal for 23 off the last over again. Thanks for coming

  • on September 6, 2012, 22:13 GMT

    I dont think so Aussies stand a chance for T20 Champioship too since SL pitches gonna turn big time Not only Pakistan, there will be other teams who will gv them hard time....as for this coming game. aussies willnt score more than 120 .... my feeling :)

  • farhan4050 on September 6, 2012, 22:09 GMT

    Adding Brad Hogg will bring another batsmen, that's it. Pakistan Batsmen are the favourites to play spin. What we've seen is that they struggeled against pace. All 3 Wickets belonged to the fast bowlers, even in ODI's it was all about pace. Starc would be a better option for Hogg. Moreover, Aus has to see it's future too, not only this series. Hogg is of 42 almost double of Starc's age. Although Pakistan has the edge, they've got best T20 Batsmen, even after Kamran And Malik, they had Umer Akmal, Abdul Razzaq and sometimes even Tanvir strucks. So it would be better for Pakistan to go with the same winning combination. Hope we have a good game.

  • DragonCricketer on September 6, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Its great watching Aust batsman unable to play Ajmal. Reminds me of the English unable to play Warne all those years ago. I wonder how Lyon would go.

  • on September 6, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    aus 11 for 2nd t20 is 1 WATSON 2WARNER 3 DAVID H 4 M HUSSY 5 MAXWELL 6 M WADE 7 DOHERTY 8 B HOGG 9PAT C 10 CLINT M 11 M STARX......

  • playitstraight on September 6, 2012, 21:25 GMT

    Very good decision by Australia. But you just can't tell Sri Lanka, either they make useless flat pitches, or they overdo it and make it a dustbowl. SL badly need a good curator. Seriously.

  • Siddie on September 6, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    hogg will be very dangerous

  • torsha on September 6, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    LOL that is good move by CA.

  • OhPakistan on September 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    A close match/finish will benefit both the teams ( ahead of T20 Cup ). Hope and wish that Aussies bounce back today { plz. do not go 15 overs without any boundry again (a cardinal sin in T20) }. Good luck with the "TOSS" !!!!!!!!

  • on September 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    This goes to show that Aussies have no answers to Pakistan spin Attack..Aussies only had to deal with Ajmal in ODI's but now they have to deal with Ajmal and Raza Hassan even Malik was turning the ball miles in the first T20... Aussie batsmen have no clue how to play spin bowling.

  • Scgboy on September 6, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    listen I am all for the future, but you have to have the right mix of experience and youth.Just picking a young un and throwing him off the deep end helps none

  • on September 6, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    I hope Pakistan whitewashes the Aussies...!!

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 6, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    2nd t20, I believe Pakistan bowlers except Ajmal will be very expensive. Australia is too good a side to lose two in a row and Pakistan in the past always have thrown away the initial advantage. If Australia wins tomorrow the 3rd t20 will be a GREAT one to watch. Good luck to both the teams and I hope 2nd t20 is a nail bitter.

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 6, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Aussies will comeback and win series 2-1 is my feeling.

  • the_blue_android on September 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    What a positive move from CA. Hahahaha...Brad Hogg making a comeback into the Australian side at the age of 42!! How about recalling Richie Benaud? hahahaha

  • Rajeshbnair_India_Fan on September 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Indeed this is good decision ... I have already suggested in Bailey floored report that Hogg would have been with OZes..

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 6, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Watson is man to captain the T20 aus side. and hogg would be good addition to side. Gul was missed in odi,s. Looking forward to next match.

  • mohsinmalik20 on September 6, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    hoping for a whitewash;).

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  • mohsinmalik20 on September 6, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    hoping for a whitewash;).

  • Syed_imran_abbas on September 6, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    Watson is man to captain the T20 aus side. and hogg would be good addition to side. Gul was missed in odi,s. Looking forward to next match.

  • Rajeshbnair_India_Fan on September 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Indeed this is good decision ... I have already suggested in Bailey floored report that Hogg would have been with OZes..

  • the_blue_android on September 6, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    What a positive move from CA. Hahahaha...Brad Hogg making a comeback into the Australian side at the age of 42!! How about recalling Richie Benaud? hahahaha

  • MunafAhmed811 on September 6, 2012, 19:45 GMT

    Aussies will comeback and win series 2-1 is my feeling.

  • Eat_Sleep_Play_Cricket on September 6, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    2nd t20, I believe Pakistan bowlers except Ajmal will be very expensive. Australia is too good a side to lose two in a row and Pakistan in the past always have thrown away the initial advantage. If Australia wins tomorrow the 3rd t20 will be a GREAT one to watch. Good luck to both the teams and I hope 2nd t20 is a nail bitter.

  • on September 6, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    I hope Pakistan whitewashes the Aussies...!!

  • Scgboy on September 6, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    listen I am all for the future, but you have to have the right mix of experience and youth.Just picking a young un and throwing him off the deep end helps none

  • on September 6, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    This goes to show that Aussies have no answers to Pakistan spin Attack..Aussies only had to deal with Ajmal in ODI's but now they have to deal with Ajmal and Raza Hassan even Malik was turning the ball miles in the first T20... Aussie batsmen have no clue how to play spin bowling.

  • OhPakistan on September 6, 2012, 21:02 GMT

    A close match/finish will benefit both the teams ( ahead of T20 Cup ). Hope and wish that Aussies bounce back today { plz. do not go 15 overs without any boundry again (a cardinal sin in T20) }. Good luck with the "TOSS" !!!!!!!!