Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20, Dubai

Australia make changes for must-win T20

The Preview by Brydon Coverdale

September 7, 2012

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Match facts


Brad Hogg gives Virender Sehwag a send-off, Australia v India, 2nd T20I, Melbourne, February 3, 2012
Brad Hogg will become the second oldest player in T20 international history © Getty Images
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Big Picture

The first game was dominated by Pakistan's outstanding bowlers, especially the spin of Saeed Ajmal, Mohammad Hafeez and the debutant Raza Hasan, although the fast men Sohail Tanvir and Umar Gul were also very effective. They bowled Australia out for 89, their second lowest T20 total of all time, and the chase was a doddle. Again, Pakistan's bowlers will be a handful for Australia's long batting line-up. The big boundaries at Dubai won't help, and Australia will need far more than the three fours they struck in the first game if they are to avoid losing the series in this match. More than anything they need runs from the top order but worryingly David Warner is struggling for form, having scored at less than a run a ball in all three ODIs against Pakistan and the first T20, with a top score of 24.

As much as this match is about a series being up for grabs, it's another chance for both sides to prepare for the ICC World Twenty20, to be held in Sri Lanka later this month. Pakistan can be pleased with where they are placed, although it wouldn't be a bad thing if their batsmen were either set a heftier chase or given a chance to bat first, to give them a more intense time in the middle.

Australia must put their thrashing in the first game behind them and realise that in the shortest format, one piece of individual brilliance can be enough to turn a team's form around. They have made three changes to the bowling group but it is in the batting order that they need a lift. If they don't, they risk entering the World T20 ranked tenth in the world - behind Ireland. And what's below a minnow in the food chain? Krill? Algae?

Form guide (Complete matches, most recent first)

Pakistan WWLLL
Australia LLWLL

Watch out for

In his first international match for two and a half years, Imran Nazir scored 22 from 26 balls in Pakistan's small chase. He slapped a couple of boundaries away through the leg side and showed glimpses of the form that helped him force his way back into the side. Pakistan will be keen for Nazir, who opened the batting with Mohammad Hafeez, to have a couple of good hits in the next two matches ahead of the ICC World Twenty20.

More than 16 years after he first played for Australia, Brad Hogg is enjoying a renaissance brought about by T20. A revelation in the Big Bash League for the Perth Scorchers last summer, Hogg was recalled to the national side with the specific aim of taking him to the World T20 in Sri Lanka's spinning conditions. Hogg is 41 but still has his ability to turn the ball and uses his canny variations effectively, and he will enjoy the challenge of taking on Pakistan's batsmen.

Team news

Pakistan's bowlers did the job on Wednesday and there seems little reason to change the winning side. Shahid Afridi appears likely to miss again due to his thumb injury.

Pakistan (possible) 1 Mohammad Hafeez (capt), 2 Imran Nazir, 3 Nasir Jamshed, 4 Kamran Akmal (wk), 5 Umar Akmal, 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Abdul Razzaq, 8 Sohail Tanvir, 9 Raza Hasan, 10 Umar Gul, 11 Saeed Ajmal

Australia responded to their loss in the first match by making three changes, with Glenn Maxwell, Xavier Doherty and Ben Hilfenhaus all dropped. The allrounder Daniel Christian has been included, along with the spinner Brad Hogg and the fast bowler Mitchell Starc. It was the batsmen who let the side down in the first game but they played such a long batting line-up that there were no back-ups in the squad, and the selectors clearly believe the best policy is to give the batting group as much game time as possible ahead of the ICC World Twenty20.

Australia 1 David Warner, 2 Shane Watson, 3 Michael Hussey, 4 David Hussey, 5 George Bailey (capt), 6 Cameron White, 7 Matthew Wade (wk), 8 Daniel Christian, 9 Brad Hogg, 10 Pat Cummins, 11 Mitchell Starc.

Pitch and conditions

Dubai's pitch is again expected to assist the spinners. "There's no doubt that the wicket is only going to turn more," Shane Watson said ahead of the second game.

Stats and trivia

  • Australia are only fractionally ahead of Ireland on the ICC T20 rankings and could slip below them into 10th place if Pakistan sweep the series
  • Among Australian bowlers, only Dirk Nannes and Shaun Tait have more T20 wickets than Daniel Christian's 82 at an average of 24.90
  • Brad Hogg will become the second oldest player ever to play a T20 international in this match; only Sanath Jayasuriya was older, by 145 days
  • The three leading wicket takers of all time in T20 internationals are all part of Pakistan's squad: Shahid Afridi, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul. By contrast, no members of Australia's squad are in the top 30

    Quotes

    "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."
    George Bailey after Pakistan's comfortable win in the first game

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Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

What a match full credit goes to Abdul Razzaq because in final19 over they handle it and did a great job :-)

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 7, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

Sure jonesy2, you keep telling yourself that if it keeps you happy. RandyOZ of course nowhere to be seen, except on the England threads trolling away as usual.

Posted by svel on (September 7, 2012, 15:31 GMT)

pakistan's batting is the most pathetic in the world and they still manage to win ;)

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 15:11 GMT)

@ Jose Puliampatta i do not mean to be rude, but you have a lot to say withiout saying anything.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@Toescrusher: Everybody knows why Pakistan has the edge in t20s. It is because thus far our bowlers do an infinitely better job than the rest. Who even THINKS our t20 wins are anything to do with batting? But since we are at it, might as well remember that incidentally and ironically, our TEST batting lineup is currently the best among the three formats. It is ODIs where we are failing most spectacularly nowadays.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

If Pakistan Fielded good then The match will be ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 7, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

@Toecrasher,i gues we r here to comment on t20 game which z more or less game of 4s n 6s i.e smashng n getng quicke runs,so i dn't think any bdy z deceivng smebdy since evry versin of crick hav slightly difrnd technicalities,putng it simple,we want nazir,nasir,umar,kamran to go big n dn't play misbha or younis game

Posted by dsnagre on (September 7, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Yuvraj singh is ready for comeback..what a player he is..best luck yuvi..

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

@Ronan McCarthy. Aussies don't care, or don't know... when it comes to T-20? There is "a little bit of difference"... between the two.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:30 GMT)

Pakistan will win this match. And Australia will drop below Ireland in T20 ranking.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:29 GMT)

@barmyarmy. You had already proved the status of Ireland, quite some time ago, when you hired Morgan to fight Aussies, and every body else.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

No doubt Pakistani's have best spinner attack in the world; but, the have worst batting order. lol....! I think pakistani's are winning matches because of their bowlers. Just wondering if Amir were there, Ausis won't be able to go +60. Anyway, Australia have good batsman in their team. Lets see who will turn out the game for both teams.

Posted by Pak_Fans_Youth on (September 7, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

Pakistan should sweep the series and take revenge of the ODI series loss. Inshaallah Australia will be down in the T20 ranking.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

O really then why doesnt australia play a test match with us.then we will see whether australia can beat pakistan or not.

Posted by Toescrusher on (September 7, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

Bottom line is Pakistani batsmen have the deficiency of not being able to bat in the longer version of the game where mental toughness is really tested. Celebrating T20 win and applauding the hitting batting style simply means deceiving the audience!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

If we think, the international cricketers are reading these posts, we are hallucinating as much as most of the fans do about their respective country teams!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

From Sharks to Krills...? No! That is too much of a shrink in size. May be, to Salmon?

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:46 GMT)

Another Quote Shoot". A Gem... "The more Aussie lose, the more they may win..." So, to win more games after Sri Lanka, they should strive hard to lose as many matches as possible in Sri Lanka.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Quote Shoot..."this is just practice for australia, they arent even trying to win" ... Australia can follow the same approach in Sri Lanka too. Then, there will not be any disappointment.

Posted by jqamar on (September 7, 2012, 13:27 GMT)

Pakistan team have the ability to be dissolved even after very good partnership, A game won always ruined Pakistan cricket team,s attention. A must win game for Australia, No worries for Australia ahead, Sorry to be Straight forward dear all.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 13:26 GMT)

@Snick_To_Backward_Point I am not sticking up for jonsey2, but have England been trying??

Posted by Damo_s on (September 7, 2012, 13:22 GMT)

On paper the Aussies look like a formidable batting line up, with 5 of the top 6 performaning very well in various 20/20 leagues. If Australia get a good start to their innings they are capable of putting on a silly total. The same can not be said about Pakistan. So really its comes down to whether Pakistan can get the top 3 out cheaply. If they do they win the game.

Posted by Hemu.ioe on (September 7, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

There is no doubt on the capability of Pakistan team but for the betterment of the team as a whole a good batting line up with a great captaincy is must and also Pakistan should held on the catches.Also Dont forget they have top three Bowler of all T20 format.

Posted by Samee6345 on (September 7, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

I would say Pakistan must be ready for the tough contest. Aussies will come back strongly if they are doing above mentioned changes. Afridi should be out of the game whether injured or just showing him injured as he did not justified. New comer Raza has done a good job and he should get a chance to prove himself. Must win battle for Pakistan!! Shane watson is a player who i believe to have skills to show in this match...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 13:10 GMT)

i am still thinking that how can they balance the team??? it will be interesting to see if they have to bat first or chance over 140. and did any one know that what's the role of Mr. Abdul Razzaq in the team??? Best of luck team Pakistan.

Posted by Snick_To_Backward_Point on (September 7, 2012, 13:00 GMT)

Jonesy2 "this is just practice for australia they arent even trying to win" They've not been trying to win for a long time it would seem.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:55 GMT)

In the first T20 Pakistan performed wonderfully well to have Australia bowled out for paltry total of 89 runs.It was their bowlers who contributed to this meritorious victory.The fact that the mighty Australians could hit only three boundaries in their whole innings is a testimony to the effectiveness of their bowling led by Saeed Ajmal.However Pakistan's batting need to be little more fine tuned to click as a well oiled machine.Umar Akmal has to focus more to stay at the crease and play to his potential.It is time to replace Shohaib Malik with Ahmed Shehzad to strength the batting line up.Shohaib Malik has lost his touch and the confidence.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

Today it will be Inshallah 2-0 Go Pakistan Ajmal is enough for Bamboozling Australia and this time we will hold the T20 World Cup 2012. Inshallah

Posted by voyager on (September 7, 2012, 12:25 GMT)

Key element for Pakistan is CATCHES CATCHES CATCHES , whenever they held on to their catches they suffocate the opposition. England series was the very good example of that. Main difference b/w 3rd ODI and the 1st T20 was also this. In 3rd ODI Australian sharp fielding and Pakistan's sloppy fielding adds up to big difference. I consider consistency in flawless execution as part of skills, those who do flawless execution on a more consistent basis are more skilled and it comes from hard and disciplined work.

Posted by Rajeshbnair_India_Fan on (September 7, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

Great OZiz.. If you are reading these comments , please get-up and perform .. You are champions ! one or two bad matches is nothing , tell the world that you are still dangerous and never ever underestimate any OZiz team , though I am Indian fan , we all wish you guys to challenge any team and let the benchmark is beating OZiz ..

Posted by Anwar-Lara on (September 7, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

dropped Glenn Maxwell???? doesn't make any sense he is the only Aussie seems to be at ease against Pakistani spin..

Posted by Extraz on (September 7, 2012, 11:57 GMT)

@Rajesh_india_1990...Bro maxwell did played the 1st t20 and score 4 runs on 7 balls and give 25 runs in his 2 overs...

Posted by Asif_Iqbal on (September 7, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

If Pak wn today then no way Aus win the last and if Pak win 3-0 then no way anybody siop them wining the world cup

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 7, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

If Starc plays Aus will win. They hype seems to be around Cummins and Patterson but Mitch is the real deal.

Posted by Marcio on (September 7, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

So, @Nabeel Iqbal, Austrlia is "not a good team anymore", and against "powerful" Pakistan there is "no chance for any team". That's nice. Except of course for a few days ago when AUS beat PAK is the ODI series on PAK's home grounds. As Mr Simpson would say: Doh!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

There was a time when, if Australia played to their potential, they could beat any team. Nowadays, as they have shown, if they play to their "potential" (or lack of it), any team can beat them. LOL How the tide has turned! No disrespect to Pakistan whatsoever, they thoroughly deserved to win. I'd have loved to see them take on Bangladesh on these pitches. I can imagine Shakib and co licking their lips at the thought of a series win against the Aussies

Posted by thebarmyarmy on (September 7, 2012, 11:34 GMT)

So tonight the Irish will move up above Australia in the rankings. Worrying times for Australia. Maybe they need to bring back that Pakistani player, cant remember his name of the top of my head. Prepare to hear how good the Aussies where a decade ago and how successfull they where. Yawwwwwn! Point is they are hillariously rubbish now. Happy days!

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

T-Twenty over a cup of tea. Australian are so strong they will bounce back as they did in last ODI do not take a joy ride. Hafeez and company should be more alert then the previous T-20. Once I have commented that we can win only when we put 300% in fielding and taking catches which seen in last T-20.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:32 GMT)

IT SEEMS THAT STILL AUSTRALIANS AND THEIR FANS ARE NOT TAKING T20 TOO SERIOUSLY. LOOKING AT THE COMMENTS FROM AUSTRALIANS, IT SEEMS AS IF LOOSING IN T20 IS NOT EVEN CONSIDERED A LOSS TO THEM. MY AUSTRALIANS FRIENDS GAME IS CHANGING, YOU NEED TO ADAPT QUICKLY IF YOU DON T WANT TO FALL BELOW IRELAND IN THE RATINGS.

Posted by Marcio on (September 7, 2012, 11:29 GMT)

You have wonder at the inadequacy of human perception. So many here saying Australia is going through a cricketing recession, and Pakistan is so strong. Yet Australia just finished a series win against PAK four days ago - in PAK's adopted homeground in the most difficult conditions imaginable. It seems people just don't have the capacity to see beyond one game. It truly is a marvel to witness. BTW, Australia have only lost one of the last 13 ODI/test series going back 18 months. OMG! If that is a "recession", then I'd hate to imagine what people would say if their series losing ratio climbed to - say - 10%. LOL.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Pakistan looks to eye on T 20 trophy.... Australia was never a tired side... They will come back very strongly in second T 20 with experienced Hogg and young Starc... Both will be a threat to Pakistan...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

Australia was a good team, it is not a good team anymore. I agree that it's have a kind of recession. Pakistan is the most inconsistent team but a lethal and dangerous one too. One moment you thought that PAK has lost it and after 5 0r 6 overs they completely confound you what have they done to win the match. So against Pakistan, no chance for any team

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

currently pakistani team is very much balanced. except fielding.... if players will not leave catches,, there is not other squad better than pakistan.... good luck team green... this is just practice.. we need t20 world cup.

Posted by Meety on (September 7, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

@Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (September 07 2012, 07:38 AM GMT) - agree 100%. Would love for the only T20 matches between International sides occur in the World Cup & the Olympics (head of the IOC actually wants cricket in the games). @Hommi on (September 07 2012, 10:33 AM GMT) - fair call, I would like to think we are trying to win EVERY game. Sometimes there are other important objectives, & that can occur just prior to a W/Cup.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

T20 is pure entertainment for public, on a any given day one good playerr can change the game and win for his team. It is similar to baseball game which also lasts 120-150 pitches for each team it takes 3 to 3.5 hrs.

Only thing is needed that both team play a extra freestyle but real T20 game with fake anger, yelling and screaming and fake friendly wrestling, or fights between opposing teams players and sometimes brawls. This way stadiums will be filled with young spectators. During break in every match there should be an entertainment show. That could be anything as long as people do enjoy it. In every American game there are so many fights and people love it.

Posted by Truemans_Ghost on (September 7, 2012, 10:35 GMT)

"Must win"? Why "Must Win"? Although I'd hope they try their best whenever they put on Australian colours, there can't be many games where winning matters less than the middle game a bolted on mini-T20 series.

Posted by Hommi on (September 7, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

i see some crazy comments saying Aussies not trying to win.. i mean like WTH, are you guys in your senses.. this is top class cricket not under 10 club cricket guys.. Aussies are suffering in batting and bowling both, SL pitches aid spinnders and fast bowlers, still the bounce is not too much so UAE pitches are gonna do good for prep.. Best of luck for both teams, hoping to see good game.. I think Pak is going to win this one also.. Aus side don't look too good.. especially their batting..

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

if australia make some changes in their team then i dont think that today's match could go in australia favor's. because now pakistan's batting and bowling is very strong but the bowling line up is much more stronger than the batting. that's any changes from australia cannot change the match winner....

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 7, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

Pakistan is a dangerous t20 side than australia....dropping maxwell who played a gem in his last odi innings was a huge mistake...hope to see a tight contest....

Posted by Abdurrazaaq on (September 7, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Australian cricket is going through recession, if pakistan's battery of spin magicians can keep up this amazing performances + be backed up with some decent batting performances then they stand a strong chance of talking the T20 cup!

Posted by Selassie-I on (September 7, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

I thought it was one of the spinners that was a groundsman, not the whole batting line up!

Posted by Marcio on (September 7, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

Obviously the main point for AUS selectors is to give all the guys a run during the tour; give them practice on this kind of surface - winning is not the main priority, although I'm sure they'd love to win the series. I think that's why they are playing so many batsmen: to give them all a run. After all, it's the batting that has the greatest challenge on these surfaces for AUS, not the bowling (even though it's tough for pace bowlers). Here's hoping AUS win, if for no other reason than to square up the series and make the 3rd game a decider. Good luck to both teams!

Posted by baabay on (September 7, 2012, 9:28 GMT)

i can see that any good spinner will bowl well under the conditions at the venue in dubai also the dew factor will play its part with bal being wet difficult to grip at the same time sesible batting is required to post a reasonable score. good luck PAKISTAN

Posted by jonesy2 on (September 7, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

haha no ones been dropped, they are just giving everyone a go. this is just practice for australia they arent even trying to win which is evident but they should be trying to actually score runs but it think the objective was to face deliveries and practice rotating the strike because they know what they can with the bat eg warner wasnt trying to score he would have just been working on milking singles when need be and facing as many balls of spin as possible. the aussie batsmen dont need practice in smashing sixes and fours

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (September 7, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Looks like Australia are going bowling heavy this time. Pakistan look more balanced. The only worry is whether Pakistan would be able to repeat their fielding performance.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 9:14 GMT)

Aus cant win over pak without the help of umpires..As we saw in last match that Billy Bowden did not give out of Michael Hussey and after that he won the match for Aus...

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (September 7, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

These matches won't help pakistan in preparation of WC T20 in SL because the wickets in SL won't be spinning so much. They should have choosen some other track with lesser support to spin bowlers.

Posted by Jawed_Saleem on (September 7, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Hope its not another "Kim Hughes like" departure for George Bailey !!!

Posted by Big-Dog on (September 7, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Christian has done nothing on this tour. Dropping Maxwell for him is a match losing decision. Hogg for Doherty is worth a try but Starc for Hilfy won't gain anything. Pakistan will win again.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 8:32 GMT)

Aussies won the Toss bat 1st just made run a ball 120 enough to defend against shaky Pakistani batting line up.....

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (September 7, 2012, 8:21 GMT)

I think most people know my thoughts on T20 ( but then again, I have since learnt I do not like it, because Australia lives in the past, haha) but i would love Australia to win, just to bugger up the poms weekend.

Posted by Maaaaster on (September 7, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Aussies are doing some basic mistakes ... Dropping Maxwell and playing Brad Hog over Xavier are some blunders ...

You have to give confidence to your players ... Only problem that Aussie face is to play Spin bowlers ... Hussy brothers, Warner have to show some courage to play spinner ...

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

addition of hogg is a great package for aussies.. but they are going with almost 8 batsmen i.ie batting line going deep till christian.. they also went with 8 batsmen in last t20 and made a disaster.. i mean am not a cricket analyst but i dont see any good balance side in australia as compare to Pakistan

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

t-20 world cup : aus xi:warner,watson,bailey,mike,david,white,wade,christian,hogg,start,cummins.

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

Its not about dropping Maxwell. Australia are giving all of their squad some game time in this warm up and will most likely lose all 3 games on this over used pitch. Then they will play Pakistan once in the t20 World Cup and more than likely knock them out. Cricket is funny like that. The rankings are a bit of a non event as Australia (for example) only play half a dozen t20's in a normal year (usually as an after thought on the end of a series) .... and none against Ireland. Have they EVER played Ireland at t20? Personally i think International teams should bow out of t20 and the time saved be used to accomodate the IPL and other franchise based t20 competitions. A major rethink needs to happen in world cricket scheduling and the loss of international t20 and the use of ODI series ONLY as a warm up in Test tours is the way to go. Two Test series and ODI only tours (like the Eng v Aust tedium this June) have to go.

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

Nasir Jamshed must open with imran nazir and the m hafeez come to bat.Imran nazir is attacking and nasir is sensible and also right left combination .

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

I don't really care much 20/20 is always a bore, still it's always fun watching Australia lose.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 7:06 GMT)

brad hogg,starc and daniel christian all are more effective players and they can creat problems for pakistan batsmen ofcourse,and have capability to change the result

Posted by khurramsch on (September 7, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

pak looks strong on papers but recent form of some players & self destruct of few will worry them in t20. like afridi/razak/malik. & self destruct of umar/kamran. only thing to sort pak is batting order. i think jamshed should open with imran then kamran akmal & then hafeez-umar-malik. that way if some early wickets fell hafez and malik can steady ship otherwise there is only malik in middle order to stop any early damage, we know how self destructing kamran/umar/afridi/razak can be. hafez should come down

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 7, 2012, 6:46 GMT)

@HydrabadiPlayr,welcome back,we realy misd u during 2nd t20,hope u would join us post match,lolz@cybrstudnt,go n check stats,pak z probably d most consistent t20 side

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 7, 2012, 6:35 GMT)

Hog would b gd 4 ausie in t20 ,atleast beter than steven smith,lyn n white,bt no mater how spin friendly d wicket z,aus must back their strength,i.e fast bowlng,mcdrmot lokd threatning so starc must acompany him if they r to creat impact on ths dynamite pak batng line up where only malik z stabilizng factr.PAK on d othr hand go with their strength i.e spin plus afridi should b cnsidrd if he z fit enuf, in place of tanvir.OTHR THAN THAT PAK SQUAD LOKS MORE THAN GD.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 6:28 GMT)

COME ON AUS PLS PICK THE MC DERMOTT IN THE SQUAD

Posted by sharj33l on (September 7, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

goodluck aussies... i am with u:-(

Posted by Zaid_sl on (September 7, 2012, 5:58 GMT)

I don't understand why hafeez keeps opening when he has been finding for a good rythm for such a long time.

in addition having such formidable opener in the form of nasir jamshed I feel it's very unfair in asking jamshed to come one down.

Right hand and left hand combination will break the ryrhythm of the baller and it's advicable to do it at the start.

Hafeez has always struggled against quality fast balling

Unlike hafeez nasir has the ability to penetrate the fielders in the powerplays when the fielders r very close

Posted by cyberstudent on (September 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Pakistan is inconsistent team, Oz will come harder and my guess series 2-1 to Ozs.

Posted by zain89 on (September 7, 2012, 5:52 GMT)

Ajmal and Raza Hassan would be key for Pakistan again and if Aussies managed to score 150 if they bat first it will be difficult for Pakistan to win the game.

Posted by BeVeryAfraidi on (September 7, 2012, 5:49 GMT)

So much for the bright future of Australia - Maxwell , dropped at the first failing. Maybe they are right, maybe his ODI innings cud well have been a fluke.poor chap,so much for his confidence , Lolz

Posted by imtiaz-jamal on (September 7, 2012, 5:44 GMT)

@Zeeshawn Ejaz, Don't be too smart he is also talking about previous ODI's series. Warner's top score is 24 in all four games of this series included three ODI's and first T20.

Posted by anujith.a on (September 7, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

@Zeeshawn Ejaz - the article refers to the top score made by David Warner in the whole tour, which is 24 in the 2nd ODI

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

This Pakistani combination of players with how theyre playing and how we know they can...looks like an extremely strong side and i hope this combination is given a proper long run.

Posted by Potatis on (September 7, 2012, 5:13 GMT)

There's no way Pakistan can win now that Australia have picked Brad Hogg! :) The new aura the Oz team will have now is going to be very intimiating to the Pakistan players. Go Hoggy! :D

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

Australia at No 9, jusssst above Ireland, but of course better than Afghanistan, Nepal, Netherland......LOL....Four Times World Champion.....LOL again

Posted by NFaiq on (September 7, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Australia Should Play With Possitive Mind... Just Like Srilanka What They Did for Pak in Last Tour.. They Take Ajmal & Co In to The Cleaners... But Pakistan a Team Can Give Upsets in Loss & Wins!!

Posted by rabsmarshall on (September 7, 2012, 5:06 GMT)

This is amazing.. the aust selectors drop bowlers when its hte batsman who are failing! d warner has failed constantly in his role as opener. he is a flash in the pan but still retains his spot. how can any bowling group expect to win a game if they have bugger all to defend. it is appauling that the bowlers are constantly used as scapegoats for batsman who are useless!

Posted by haseeb on (September 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

pakistan needs to give umar akmal a chance to bat for few more overs .. so that he can get back to form and bring some confidence in him ahead of world T20

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Get dismissed for 89 so they replace 2 bowlers and an allrounder? Clearly Australia don't care about 20/20 cricket.

Posted by Kirk-at-Lords on (September 7, 2012, 4:24 GMT)

The most frightening thought is for a wounded Aussie to enter World T20. This could bring out their vaunted killer instinct. A series loss or even whitewash to PAK would set up that scenario nicely. Aussie have the potential to rip even subcontinental spinners in their home digs to shreds. Watch out especially for Glen Maxwell partnering with either one of the evergreen Hussey brothers to take the game away just when it seems well in hand. The young fast bowlers Starc & Cummins backed by Hogg & Doherty could make major incisions. All this may not gel until Sri Lanka, but look for signs in the remaining matches at the Ring of Fire. The huge boundaries at the Dubai Sports City (Mike Hussey likened it to a small MCG) may be just the preparation needed for the much shorter boundaries on offer in SL for the World T20. The more Aussie lose, the more they may win...

Posted by Resultpredictor on (September 7, 2012, 3:50 GMT)

Australia will bounce back definetly and win this match.

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

One thing is for sure aussies will come hard on Pakistan, a loss to them will give series to Pakistan. As far as aussies batting is concerned they have great T20 specialist watson, warner, dhussey, white are all capable of scoring high runs. Sami should be given chance instead of tanvir who is a medium pacer. While it would be a selfish decision if hafeez open since he is a better bowler then batsmen. Let the T20 specialist nazir and Nasir open the inning.

Posted by johntycodes on (September 7, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

Hopefully the aussies dont bat like a test match tonight. I can't believe they have taken a step backwards and put cameron white back in the team.

Posted by avmd on (September 7, 2012, 3:28 GMT)

Don't understand what Razzaq is doing in the playing eleven. Get rid of this now useless player and include anyone who could either bowl or bat, or both.

Posted by Dashgar on (September 7, 2012, 3:27 GMT)

Why drop Maxwell? Surely Warner or Dave Hussey are more deserving of the axe after recent performances.

Posted by maverick888 on (September 7, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

Can not understand dropping maxwell...!!! he is the only aussie batsman to get some runs in the ODI's...!!!

Posted by Patchmaster on (September 7, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

@ RandyOz.....'could slip behind Ireland in the rankings if they lose tonight...' bbbbwwwwaaaaahhhhhhaaaaaa

Posted by   on (September 7, 2012, 2:59 GMT)

correction: David Warner's top score in the first T20 was 22 of 25 balls*.

Posted by Biggus on (September 7, 2012, 2:44 GMT)

They could do far worse than to give Hoggy a run. Like good wine he does seem to get better with age and he's a lot of fun to watch.

Posted by Tahir_Anjum on (September 7, 2012, 2:41 GMT)

Australia will bounce back hard as they always do. It willl be very tight match. Just waiting for it.Nasir should open with Imran and Hafeez at 3. InshahAllah Pak will win.

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