Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai

Australia likely to include Hogg

ESPNcricinfo staff

September 6, 2012

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Shane Watson is struck on the pads, Pakistan v Australia, 1st T20I, Dubai, September 5, 2012
"I suppose, in batting there weren't positives there at all," Shane Watson said about Australia's performance in the first T20I © Associated Press

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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Posted by   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 ..

Posted by 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!

Posted by   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

Posted by   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...

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

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