Pakistan v Australia, 2nd T20I, Dubai September 8, 2012

Australia slide below Ireland in T20 rankings

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Australia's captain George Bailey has conceded it does not look good for his team to have slipped below Ireland in the ICC's Twenty20 rankings ahead of the World T20 later this month. Australia dropped to tenth on the rankings after their Super Over loss to Pakistan in Dubai on Friday, and it was far from the ideal situation less than two weeks before their World T20 opener - against Ireland.

However, the T20 rankings points are accumulated from such a small pool of matches that it is difficult to read too much into them. In the current rankings period, which began on August 1, 2010, Australia have won only four of their 13 games, which have all come against South Africa, Pakistan, England, India, Sri Lanka and West Indies.

By comparison, Ireland have won eight of 11, but all of their victories have come against Associate nations: Kenya, Scotland, Canada, Netherlands and Afghanistan. The only matches they have played against full ICC members came during a three-match series against Bangladesh in July - and Ireland lost all three games. Similarly, six of the eight games Bangladesh (who are ranked eighth) have played in that time have been against Associates.

"It doesn't look very good," Bailey told reporters in Dubai after Australia's loss on Friday. "I'm still not sure how the rankings work. So Ireland go past us tonight. I'm not sure if we've ever played Ireland in a T20. Make of that what you will. If Ireland are a better side than us I guess they'll show it in a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka."

Rankings aside, Australia have several things to work on ahead of the World T20, including settling on their best combination. Mitchell Starc was impressive in the second match having been left out of the first game and Bailey's own T20 form with the bat took an encouraging turn with his brisk 42 from 27 balls, which nearly got the Australians home.

David Warner and Shane Watson also provided a solid start with their 40-run opening stand from less than five overs, and similar efforts will be essential in Sri Lanka. Bailey said despite the loss there were plenty of positives for Australia to take from Friday's game, especially after they were bowled out for 89 in the first match two days earlier.

"I'm really pleased we performed much closer to what I think we're capable of," Bailey said. "I think we can take a lot of confidence out of it as a team, I think individually we'll take a lot of confidence out of it. But to be so close and then to lose leaves a lot of questions in your head.

"We've got a lot to get out of [the third game on Monday]. Full credit to Pakistan, I think they've played two excellent games and certainly deserve to have won the series. But we've got a lot to play for. It's the bigger picture, we all know what's coming up. As a group, individually I still think there's plenty to play for."

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • VivtheGreatest on September 11, 2012, 6:55 GMT

    @Bruisers, LOL!! That is absolutely true my friend. George who??!

  • Bruisers on September 10, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    The Aussies are being led by a batsman who might not find a place in the Ireland starting XI.

  • dummy4fb on September 10, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Golden days have gone for Australia. There is no Gilly,Hyden,Symonds,McGrath,Warne for them... More disaster is waiting for Australia Cricket.

  • bouncedout on September 10, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    @Jonesy and randyOz...where are you boys, hiding away like your national T20 team should be. Actually on performances Aus deserve their ranking.....wait until Ireland beat them at the world cup...this really couldn't get any better.

  • TrickDaddy on September 10, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    Ireland got white washed by Bangladesh how can you even dream of beating Aus! Rankings don't mean a thing, Bang went from number 4 to 10 after a defeat to Netherlands: it's a joke!!

  • RandyOZ on September 10, 2012, 11:10 GMT

    @hammond - welcome back pommy. How was your extended summer away from all things cricket?

  • ScottStevo on September 10, 2012, 9:22 GMT

    Grouping/Span/Mat/Won/Lost/Tied 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 9 3 5 1 0 0.60 16.12 7.50 197 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 -

    Australia are so disgraceful that neither SA, Eng, Ind, NZ, ZIM nor Bang have anything over us....oh, except for ranking...

  • VivtheGreatest on September 10, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    @faisal_baig, if u had bothered to read my whole comment instead of just the first line u would have understood I was being sarcastic or did u read it and just not get it?

  • VivtheGreatest on September 10, 2012, 9:15 GMT

    @jonesy2,U put ur foot in mouth calling England one of the worst teams, conveniently forgetting that they're the current World Champions. Give credit where it's due man

  • Hammond on September 10, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    @timmyw- mate you are a breath of fresh air. There truly is hope for Australian cricket fans yet (btw 2010/11 was the ashes loss not the previous South African loss- so many losses it starts to get confusing)..

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