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

White hails 'fantastic prep' ahead of World T20

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia may have already lost the Twenty20 series against Pakistan, but their middle-order batsman Cameron White has said the series is "fantastic preparation" for the upcoming World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Australia collapsed to 89 all out in the first T20 but turned in an improved performance in the second, going down on the last delivery of the Super Over.

"We'd like to be winning, we made great steps from the first game to the second," White said, a day ahead of the third T20 in Dubai. "We are heading in the right direction, and from a prep point of view this is fantastic."

The conditions in Dubai have been helping spinners, with Pakistan packing the side with three/four slow bowlers. White said the testing series would hold Australia in good stead in the World T20. "I don't think you can ask any more than what we are experiencing at the moment (in terms of preparations)," he said. "I know we are experiencing very tough conditions, very similar conditions to what we are going to experience in Sri Lanka, and against very good bowlers."

White was also pleased with the amount of matches Australia were getting to fine-tune their World T20 strategies. "The way the Twenty20 game is set up internationally, it is just two games at the back of a Test and ODI series. You come in for two games and then you might not play again for a month, two, three or six months," he said. "(Here) we are playing three games in a row, we have two more warm-up matches, five solid games leading into a big tournament."

Despite Australia's series defeat against Pakistan, and just one victory in five previous T20 matches, White said his team was "definitely looking to win" the World T20. "We finished second in the last [World] T20, Australia traditionally have a good record in big tournaments, so I think we are a good chance going into the tournament."

The loss on Friday pushed Australia down to tenth place in the ICC's T20 rankings, though White was confident his side's position would improve after the world event. "We know where we are ranked, you lose a game you go down two or three spots. We haven't been winning enough games, so that's why are down there," he said. "Things can change around quickly, if we get a couple of wins under our belt, start winning in the World T20, we could easily shoot back up, and if we win it there's no arguments to say we are not the No. 1 in the world."

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  • Shanmuga on September 10, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    @cyberstudent: Pls don't count on Warne for spotting talent! He spotted RJ and called him the next Cricketing Superstar and India has paid dearly for the last 5 years and God knows for how many more years to come!

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    Clearly White is not talking about his own form. He and Dave Hussey are atrocious coming in against spin. Really hoping Maxwell turns in a good performance in the last match, he may just provide the spark we need at the end of the innings. Mercifully Australia doesn't have Sri Lanka or Pakistan to deal with in the first round of the WC or they may have been departing early.

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

    Mike Hussey should ope the innings along with Warner or Wade.Hussey's capabilities are not given importance in this side and he might want to rest the final match.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Marcio: Exactly. Why we hated Australia so much was because they were so indefatigable. I think Australiá has an excellent chance of winning the cup, considering how bravely they are fighting Ajmal and co., and currently atleast, there isn't a better bowling attack. @Meety: Oz Pak final? Well than in view of what happened last time, tell Mr Cricket it is Merlin's turn to win the contest! @Biggus: That was really funny! True about Misbah. I wish even his haters would atleast acknowledge him for keeping the ship steady in perpetually stormy waters. The only praise he gets is from non-Pakistanis, unfortunately. @Narbavi: Oh for heaven's sake! I know certain Indians only take beating Pakistan seriously but trust me, other cricketing nations take every game seriously, and everybody's emotions were running high in that exhilarating game, be it the Pakistani crowd, the Australian crowd, the teams or even the commentators I'd say! Rank matters not in t20 anyway!

  • abdullah on September 10, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    iamfrom afgnistan but isuport pak afg&aus .Aus is best team for t20 but they shoulde bring changes in the team for worldcup they have talent for t20 like marsh, tait, nanes,smithand they should find anew spianer like shanewarne they have 50% chance to win the next worldcup but sA and pak can win too baecuse they have talent player for t20 go green gopakistan zindabad.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    I would love to praise Hafeez to hold his nerves in such tight situation after been hit for a six and a lucky escape to get rid of Cummins at the last ball. The way he acted and behaved as a captain it's a wonderful sign to see. He always take the suggestions from team mates and apply's as well if it's necessary against the situation. He has confidence and manage to score 40+ runs as well, what else you want from your captain. If he can give more confidence to Nazir and Razzaq in the last T20 game he can end up reaching to semi's quite easily. At the moment he doesn't have anyspace to play Afridi as well. With Hasan, Ajmal, Gul, Tanvir, Razzaq and himself as great potential bowlers it's really hard to make space for him. I am really pleased to watch K Akmal and Jamsheed bat they are true match winners. I recon Green Caps are serious contenders to Win T20 World Cup...

  • Richard on September 10, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @Narbavi-They'd just won a very tight and exciting game and had every right to be thrilled. I reckon our guys would have done the same, it was just that sort of game. I'm not even a T20 fan but that game had me yelling stuff at the TV screen. Good on them I reckon, they've had a pretty rotten time of it lately and I wouldn't wish that on anyone. It's not in the interest of our international cricket family to see any of our brothers struggle. I'm similarly hopeful of a resurgence by the Windies, though sadly that looks like it will take a while.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    its not high scoring this T20 world cup in SL cos pitches r slow side later in evening, hope they made flat pitches for entertainment of high scoring batting worth ppl for their money

  • Andrew on September 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @chicko1983 - well said!!!!

  • Jayaesh on September 10, 2012, 9:39 GMT

    Well i have newsflash about all those people thinking pitches in Sri Lanka are going to turn, i happened to watch Indo--SL and SLPL quite closely and pitches at all three venues to be used in WC seem very flat and some in Pallakale even seaming initially.All the SL pitches have been relaid and old cliche of SL pitches being slow turners needs to be discarded,yes in later half of the tournament it might spin but not as much we have seen in UAE.Pakistan 20-20 side with Nazir,Jamshed,Akmal brothers top order looks to have firepower which is seriously lacking in there 50 over side with some batters havin strike rate as low as 60's...........

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