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ICC World T20 2014: Australia has to tackle Saeed Ajmal threat, says George Bailey

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Australian captain ceded advantage to Pakistan for their superior spin talent © Getty Images

Karachi: Mar 23, 2014

Australian ICC World T20 2014 captain George Bailey has admitted that Pakistan held the advantage in their upcoming World T20 opening clash given their spin-heavy assault and called on his side to maintain consistency.

Injury-plagued Australia begins their quest for the only major title missing from their trophy cupboard when they clash with Pakistan in Dhaka on Sunday and should be boosted by Pakistan’s seven-wicket drubbing at India‘s hands.

According to The Dawn, ahead of their Group Two Super-10 game at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium, however, Bailey said that he believes his team does not have any advantage against Pakistan as the sub-continent team has played recently and are thus used to the conditions in Bangladesh.

Stating that Australia have to adjust quickly as they would be playing on ‘fresh’ ground, Bailey conceded it would be a challenge to tackle Pakistan’s spinners, led by the prolific Saeed Ajmal, adding that spin plays a huge role in T20, wherever it is played in the world.

Although Bailey believes his batsmen are up to the task of facing Pakistan spinners, he however, called on them and the bowlers to improve their consistency as it is important to start with a win in the group, which also includes defending champions West Indies, India and hosts Bangladesh.

Australia, who have won the 50-over World Cup four times and are a leading Test side, have made the final of the World T20 just once in four attempts, losing the title to England in 2010, the report added.

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Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

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Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

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Match cancelled

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Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

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