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

White hails 'fantastic prep' ahead of World T20

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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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  • POSTED BY Scube 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Marcio: Exactly. Why we hated Australia so much was because they were so indefatigable. I think Australi√° 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!

  • POSTED BY abdullahiqbal 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY Biggus 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @chicko1983 - well said!!!!

  • POSTED BY anshu.s 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...........

  • POSTED BY Scube 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!

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @Marcio: Exactly. Why we hated Australia so much was because they were so indefatigable. I think Australi√° 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!

  • POSTED BY abdullahiqbal 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.

  • POSTED BY 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...

  • POSTED BY Biggus 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.

  • POSTED BY 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

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 10, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    @chicko1983 - well said!!!!

  • POSTED BY anshu.s 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...........

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    I think White is correct... you cannot ask for a better quality of preparation... Tough matches in tough conditions against a high quality opponent. For me, Pakistan and South Africa are the main contenders along with Australia for the title

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 10, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    @musa441: In the last 5years, we have won the t20 world cup once, 50 over world cup once and rose to no.1 in tests something which your team has never done, so tell me, in that case why should we be jealous? My point was pak team mates ran across like they had won a world cup knockout game or something, that's it nothing more than that!!

  • POSTED BY rickyvoncanterbury on | September 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    If this series was not good practice, what other spinner should Australia be facing ?

  • POSTED BY cyberstudent on | September 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    Shane Warne should contribute in finding the spin talent in Australia...they can improve alot in that case.

  • POSTED BY 100_rabh on | September 10, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    why is White regarded so highly down under is beyond my understanding. Haven't seen him playing a single match winning innings. On the contrary, he plays quite a lot dot balls initially and then get out. Very overated player Cameron White

  • POSTED BY Sunilcecil on | September 10, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    i was really disappointed in Austria's captain decision of bowling cummins in the super over ! should have given it to strac very poor decision !

  • POSTED BY Ozcricketwriter on | September 10, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    The Australian team is not their best squad. Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Tait, Dirk Nannes, Steve Smith and Clint McKay would be in the best squad.

  • POSTED BY ihaq1 on | September 10, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    australia seem to have spinners who are not bowling well...their coach should look into that...nobody thinks of playing hogg, cameron, doherty just as spinners...the best 20-20 spinners are in teh pakistan side probably followed by teh west indians south africans and teh indians...on these surfaces if u donot have capable spinners than the matches are lost unless your batsmen are very dependable...australia should force their bad batsmen mike hussey, cameron white, even david hussey and dan christian to bat with more concentration...20-20 is just not about holing out to midwicket or long on...

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 8:03 GMT

    For Indian fans its not about you here and we have a right it celebrate our victories... We all know what your own away record is?? 8-0 by suppositely the best Indian team ( the world champs)... Your home record can get a reality check when you play against Pakistan, which may not be one of the best Pakistani team, but can give you a run for the money in your own backyard... Not long ago Pakistan lost their premium bowlers, which is very hard to recover from for any team, as you know better India cannot win anything without Zaheer, Pakistan is slowly recovery from it, but finding great fast bowlers or batsmen is hard for any country... Taking cheap shots at Ausses does not suit any body, we all know without Ausses cricket is no fun, they have being the best and it's not going to take long for them to be back, plus don't forget 4-0 you got from them just last year, when you were too focused on Tendulkar's meaningless 100s...

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 7:36 GMT

    This victory was special but more importantly game itself was a great game, good for both teams to go through such a game... From preparation stand point of view my fear is both teams are missing the trick of not including a one more specialist batsman... For Ausses Micheal Clark is their best batsman of spin, he would have being great help to them in WC T20, not having them is a mistake, the same goes for SA, not having Amla is a mistake, for Pakistan instead of Malik, we need Shafiq and or Misbah ( I know there are fans who don't like him, but he is important for our team, specially when we are playing in sub continent in any format )... This is the first time our best bowler is a spinner, we need young aggressive fast bowlers, Junaid need to play more in all formats, at the moment he is a better choice than Tanveer... Plus he swings better in SL conditions

  • POSTED BY chicko1983 on | September 10, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    @Biggus - it is because all nations are envious of Australia and India are also envious of Pakistan. Australia and Pakistan play the best brand and most attacking cricket of all the nations so all nations look to our matches with envy.

  • POSTED BY ajayrcs on | September 10, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    The best thing and scariest thing for other team is Australians attitude "to never give up" makes this team always prime contender.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 10, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    @Santosh Bhadoriya- We Aussies are well aware that we're not numero uno anymore. We've been up and down several times in the 40 odd years I've been watching the game, so this is not unknown territory for us. That you are so annoyed at our apparent disinclination to be as downcast as you think we ought be says far more about you than it does about us mate.

  • POSTED BY himohan007 on | September 10, 2012, 4:24 GMT

    @ Expansion I completely agree with you. Under estimating Aus in a multinational tournament is a damn foolish thing to do. They will definitely blow you the sucker punch.So I want India to play them with caution as we did in WT20 semi 2007,W50 quater 2011,U-19 final 2012.I wish our team to win the Cup since we have allround team for SL conditions.Thank you.

  • POSTED BY bobagorof on | September 10, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Who are these "quite a few in the current team itself who can inspire & lead better"? Bailey was brought in because Cameron White was so out of form he had to be dropped, despite being Captain. There was no-one in the side with the tactical nous and any sort of experience to take over, with just a few matches before the World Cup.

  • POSTED BY Biggus on | September 10, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    I find it a little bit sad that supporters of Australia and Pakistan can't have a decent conversation about cricket and our respective teams without the page being overrun by trolls. I don't hang out in the English and Indian pages making childish comments, and frankly when we're not playing these countries I think of them seldom. Perhaps we should be flattered that we occupy such a central place in their psyche but I can't help but feel that what they really need is a girlfriend. Anyway, to the bulk of Pakistan supporters:- you've been good sports, as have your team, and the series has been most interesting, even the T20s which aren't usually my cup of tea. Rarely has a series between two such potentially fiery opponents gone off so smoothly and from the Australian side of things I put that down to Pup's calming influence, from the Pakistan side, despite much criticism, I think Misbah can take a lot of the credit. He takes a lot of flak from the fans but I mostly like what I see.

  • POSTED BY Expansion on | September 10, 2012, 2:25 GMT

    whether they win or lose Aussies will enter into any tournament with right kind of belief and confidence.All Teams please be beware of Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | September 10, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Australia, in full flow, like West Indies, is a delight to watch. Lovers of Cricket without jingoism would be happy if both Australia & Pakistan do well in Sri lanka. But words of some players sound hollow. I lost count of the number of T-20s played by Camaroon White, in India, while playing in the IPL. Only in just two, he did reasonably well. That is why I am skeptical, and suggested to Marcio that Oz can treat the games in SL also as practice matches (before they visit India). In addition to the fact quite a few Oz batsmen is currently out of form, poor Captaincy is also an issue. I wonder why they chose Bailey as the Captain? He doesn't inspire confidence. There are quite a few in the current team itself who can inspire & lead better. Bailey him out please (at least from the captaincy); you will bail the team out of the trough, it is in, for a while.

  • POSTED BY Yousufahmedl on | September 10, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    @Narbavi, we have played very good cricket all around and nothing can stop us from winning the T20 world cup. Perhaps India should keep playing with teams like Kenya, Bangladesh and Afghanistan as Indians are pure flat track bullies. Pakistan are light years ahead of India in cricket and I wont be surprised if Afghanistan ousts India from the T20 world cup.

  • POSTED BY Meety on | September 10, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    @Santosh Bhadoriya - that is why Oz is the most successful cricket nation ever - we NEVER accept that we "..CANNOT..." be #1 "...ANYMORE..." @Faroooqin - but it would be a good Final if Oz v Pakistan wouldn't it? @Marcio - agreed 100%

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | September 10, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Trust Cameron White to accept mediocrity and poor performance; he's been doing it his whole career.

  • POSTED BY Marcio on | September 9, 2012, 23:41 GMT

    Well I have been saying all along that this is perfect preparation for both teams, but since AUS are not used to these conditions and bowlers, they will benefit most. It will give them a real edge over teams which have been playing overseas, such as ENG and SA, who have been playing in ENG. @Santosh Bhadoriya, you are angry at a "reality" that does not exist. Who are these Australians who believe they are still number 1? Please do list them. Saving face is not a typical part of western culture, I'm sorry to inform you; nor has it anything to do with this article. One of the great things about the Australian team, and why it continues to do so well (judging by results in tests and ODI series) is because they quickly admit their problems, and act on them. That's why they are in the UAE playing PAK at the moment - because they have identified playing in these conditions against spin as an area they need to improve. I call that smart.

  • POSTED BY alischeme on | September 9, 2012, 22:00 GMT

    @Narbavi So what you're saying is that PAK fans should just mourn because they won such a nail biter against a team like AUS. Don't care much about the ratings. Both teams played GREAT quality cricket. You can take your jealousy somewhere else. @ suniljosep ok PAK team has played more matches in UAE than other teams but even the World Champs IND got whitewashed by ENG and AUS away from home IND did that to NZ now that they're in IND. ENG got whitewashed in UAE. Whether you like it or not, PAK players deserve credit after winning such a TOUGH match.

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | September 9, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    This is home series for pakistan. that is why they are winning. but when they go to australia, england and south africa all these things vanish and the loop holes become more visible. so we should prepare a team like imran khan, enough quality batsmen to put up a good show on these pitches. we should not laugh on these vicories, it is just one step towards the preparation of a good team. the same team can go all out for 120 on those pitches on day one of a test match. among the current lot, only younis khan and azhar ali are quality test batsmen. misbah is good batsman in test matches but he is not a match winner like younis khan. younis is probably the most under rated batsman in pakistan cricket history. if we see the stats, his conversion is much better than javed miandad, yousuf and inzamam.

  • POSTED BY Faroooqin on | September 9, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    What would suck now the most would be Australia beating Pakistan in the final of the WT20 lol hopefully that never happens.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | September 9, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    well the big difference of Number 1 Australia & Current is Captaincy of Ricky Ponting and Contribution of Hayden,Gilchrist,McGrath,Jason and lee they are failed to replace them that is why they are suffering thus far ranking concern its just a bluff because there aint no match of Australia and ireland, Australia is much better team no matter what ranking says i felt that in UAE Australia is suffering because of their bowling batting is very handy but they should have some experienced bowlers and Travis birt can Replace White. Well Best of luck aussies for WT20 cup.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @Narbavi, then what you think Pakistanies should not celebrate? every nation has the right to celebrate the victory, defeating country like Australia is not easy. Insha Allah Pakistani lions will roar in Sri Lanka too.

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | September 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @narbavi pakistanis fans are going gaga so whats with u??? jealous?? our team won so we shud cry??? why dont we have right to even celebrate over victory??? india wins against newzealand which is a real minnow at the moment and they celebrate then why not us arent we patriots?? even if we had won against holand or namibia a victory is a victory and it gives expectations which jealous people like u cant bear!!! and yes the reality awaits pakistan in lanka and the reality is that pakistan will make it to the semis atleast!! and i have a funny feeling that india, england and srilanka all are going to not qualify for semis. it will be westindies , australia , pakistan and south africa in the semis i wish it happens like this.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Yes ,,,! Both good games in terms of practice, some lessons taken by both the teams... Real positive auusie approach towards cricket, have to admire their good talent. Yes, they needed it, spin bowling playing opportunity before the world twenty in humid conditions will certainly help them prepare better. Regardless of the results here, any cricket fan knows, aussie brand cricket is always entertaining! Cheers....

  • POSTED BY saintsinister on | September 9, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Full respect for Aussie boys, they have always been the best athletes.. gentle giants.. they have the right attitude, almost winning the last t20 after that first t20 drubbing.. they have the best upcoming pace attack in the world, really amazing pace talent.. the only thing i didn't like in the last t20 was the confrontations between the 2 sides and also the players were the ones not doing anything in the past matches.. including mr. umar DUCKmal, Warner etc. Guys backup ur words by ur performance not others in ur team..

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Narbavi, Winning from Australia is always special, given their illustrious track record....

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Sometimes i wonder that Australians know how to save their face even if they are losing .and funny thing is that they believe in past that they can become world number.

    let me tell one thing , those days are when Australia use to Number 1 in Cricketing circles.now they need to accept that they cannot be number anymore as they are not willing to accept the fact.

  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 9, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan fans have been going gaga over the performance of these two t20's, their players too celebrated as if they have won the world cup, reality awaits them in lanka,

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  • POSTED BY Narbavi on | September 9, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Pakistan fans have been going gaga over the performance of these two t20's, their players too celebrated as if they have won the world cup, reality awaits them in lanka,

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    Sometimes i wonder that Australians know how to save their face even if they are losing .and funny thing is that they believe in past that they can become world number.

    let me tell one thing , those days are when Australia use to Number 1 in Cricketing circles.now they need to accept that they cannot be number anymore as they are not willing to accept the fact.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 16:39 GMT

    @Narbavi, Winning from Australia is always special, given their illustrious track record....

  • POSTED BY saintsinister on | September 9, 2012, 17:23 GMT

    Full respect for Aussie boys, they have always been the best athletes.. gentle giants.. they have the right attitude, almost winning the last t20 after that first t20 drubbing.. they have the best upcoming pace attack in the world, really amazing pace talent.. the only thing i didn't like in the last t20 was the confrontations between the 2 sides and also the players were the ones not doing anything in the past matches.. including mr. umar DUCKmal, Warner etc. Guys backup ur words by ur performance not others in ur team..

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    Yes ,,,! Both good games in terms of practice, some lessons taken by both the teams... Real positive auusie approach towards cricket, have to admire their good talent. Yes, they needed it, spin bowling playing opportunity before the world twenty in humid conditions will certainly help them prepare better. Regardless of the results here, any cricket fan knows, aussie brand cricket is always entertaining! Cheers....

  • POSTED BY musa441 on | September 9, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    @narbavi pakistanis fans are going gaga so whats with u??? jealous?? our team won so we shud cry??? why dont we have right to even celebrate over victory??? india wins against newzealand which is a real minnow at the moment and they celebrate then why not us arent we patriots?? even if we had won against holand or namibia a victory is a victory and it gives expectations which jealous people like u cant bear!!! and yes the reality awaits pakistan in lanka and the reality is that pakistan will make it to the semis atleast!! and i have a funny feeling that india, england and srilanka all are going to not qualify for semis. it will be westindies , australia , pakistan and south africa in the semis i wish it happens like this.

  • POSTED BY on | September 9, 2012, 18:38 GMT

    @Narbavi, then what you think Pakistanies should not celebrate? every nation has the right to celebrate the victory, defeating country like Australia is not easy. Insha Allah Pakistani lions will roar in Sri Lanka too.

  • POSTED BY DaDaL0G on | September 9, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    well the big difference of Number 1 Australia & Current is Captaincy of Ricky Ponting and Contribution of Hayden,Gilchrist,McGrath,Jason and lee they are failed to replace them that is why they are suffering thus far ranking concern its just a bluff because there aint no match of Australia and ireland, Australia is much better team no matter what ranking says i felt that in UAE Australia is suffering because of their bowling batting is very handy but they should have some experienced bowlers and Travis birt can Replace White. Well Best of luck aussies for WT20 cup.

  • POSTED BY Faroooqin on | September 9, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    What would suck now the most would be Australia beating Pakistan in the final of the WT20 lol hopefully that never happens.

  • POSTED BY suniljoseph on | September 9, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    This is home series for pakistan. that is why they are winning. but when they go to australia, england and south africa all these things vanish and the loop holes become more visible. so we should prepare a team like imran khan, enough quality batsmen to put up a good show on these pitches. we should not laugh on these vicories, it is just one step towards the preparation of a good team. the same team can go all out for 120 on those pitches on day one of a test match. among the current lot, only younis khan and azhar ali are quality test batsmen. misbah is good batsman in test matches but he is not a match winner like younis khan. younis is probably the most under rated batsman in pakistan cricket history. if we see the stats, his conversion is much better than javed miandad, yousuf and inzamam.