Pakistan v Australia, 3rd Twenty20, Dubai September 9, 2012

Whatmore happy with Pakistan progress

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dav Whatmore, the Pakistan coach, is pleased with his team's performance in the Twenty20 series against Australia so far, after they won the first two matches to make the third and final T20 on Monday a dead rubber. Pakistan routed Australia in the first game, bowling them out for 89, but the second game was a much closer affair, with Pakistan prevailing off the final ball of the Super Over.

"I am very much delighted," Whatmore said. "Can't do any more than to win two out of two, it was an exciting finish (in the second T20), different from that I thought it would be, but it's good to have the experience of the Super Over leading up to the World Twenty20. We haven't played too many Super Overs, so that was good."

The current series was a chance for Pakistan to prepare for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month and Whatmore said his side were where they wanted to be going into the tournament. "You want to have some confidence going into it, no point entering a big competition without having some wins under your belt. Where we are in the world standard, there is a world ranking but it is still difficult to gauge. I think it boils down to who can play their best cricket over a small period of time."

Whatmore wanted Pakistan to win Monday's final T20 and sweep the series. "You cannot say it is as big a game as if the series was 1-1, but it still important for us," he said. "The pressure is off, we will be a bit more relaxed. There will be a change or two in the team, it is an opportunity to look at one or two other players but to remain as competitive as possible as winning is important."

Whatmore also said allrounder Shahid Afridi is unlikely to play on Monday as a precautionary measure, and that offspinner Saeed Ajmal had recovered from his shoulder problem. "Afridi has an impact injury (on his left hand), I reckon he might be close to playing, but I don't think we will risk that. Another knock on that left hand might put him back another couple of weeks, which will be very bad for us. Saeed has a recurring problem with that left shoulder, but I am confident that he will play."

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  • cool on September 10, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Ind Average bowling,Good batting,Good fielding..Chance to make it big in the WC..SL Average bowling,Good batting,Excellent fielding..Big chance for WC..

  • cool on September 10, 2012, 16:25 GMT

    Pak has GOOD BOWLING,AVERAGE BATTING & POOREST FIELDING ..So does it stand in contention for WC?????? Fielding is the most needed in T20's..

  • Musa on September 10, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @cricket_pak419 come on mate dont be so crictical of afridi and tell em one thing have u got any revelation that afridi is not performing becoz he wants to be captain??? if u know plz tell me the source from which u heard this news if u fail toprove that its true then u have no right of saying lies abt afridi. yes he is not performing but hes a big occasion player i m sure he will perform brilliantly in the wc and yes i m a fan of kisbah as well but seriously now his captaincy is suffering from defensive approach look at hafeez's captaincy there is a hell lot of difference. hafeez looks more aggressive than misbah. if misbah wud have scored fifties in the series then his captaincy wudnt have come under criticism but problem is tha he plays slow but cudnt convert into big scores!! he gets set at 20 or 30 and then give sit away its been like this since the 3-0 victory over england. well to be honest i think afridi shud be made captain of one dayers misbah for tests and hafeez for t20.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 14:32 GMT

    @cricket_pak419,this is my first comment on this site though i am regular user of this site .but your true love and cricket understanding urge me to comment .i am agree with you 100%. afrdi presence create something which Hafeez cant manage then team lead to a defeat in the resent matches for misbah the same problem happend. might be other not agree????

  • Owais on September 10, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    @cricket_pak419, @Aleem_Latif, WickyRoy.paklover and others, what makes you think that Afridi is "under performing". Why are you making stories about stuff that is on the other side of the wall when there are clear cases of review in front of you ? For example, except for T20 how on earth could a team have Akmals in their lineup. Yes both Umar and Kamran Akmal belong to T20 cricket only where a dropped catch might not be that importnat as batsmen give you a lot of chances. I think Afridi is a team player and a match winner through his bowling only.

  • pawan on September 10, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    i cant understand why sami is there we need junaid khan,he is really amazing talent and can be used as death bowling specialist with gul.

  • Bilal on September 10, 2012, 12:09 GMT

    I can't believe Shahid Afridi would actually be so selfish. He is under performin so the he could protest to be captain. Next thing you know he retires as a protest... AGAIN! Afridi is waste of space in the team. Abdul Razzaq is better then him. The only reason afridi is still here because of the dumb afridi fans because all they do is say boom boom and afridi gets out on a duck. What time of world do we live in where we ignore the true hero Misbah who is the best captain and will retire soon and give to hafiz which will be great, as long as afridi is not captain. The way he led Paksitan in the world cp semi just got lucky just like his batting. Pakistan is good without afridi australia series prove my theory.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 9:45 GMT

    @Marcio, But I'm afraid there is a 'cricketing term' called 'home advantage'...... Btw Pakistan shud play Arafat n Sami in place of Gul n Tanvir.

  • Wicky on September 10, 2012, 8:55 GMT


  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 8:07 GMT

    Asad Shafiq deserve a chance ahead of Imran Nazir, We have too many stroke player and no accumulators n our team in this series

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