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."