Home > News >

ICC World T20 2014: Australia ready for Pakistan’s spin test

Australia's-bowler-Mitchell-Starc-1
Australia will have to contend with Pakistan’s strong spin line-up © AFP

By Gaurav Joshi

Mirpur: Mar 22, 2014

For Australia, no ICC World T20 game has been more memorable than their victory over Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2010 edition. In that match, Australia needed 18 runs off the last over. Mike Hussey clobbered Pakistan’s No 1 spinner, Saeed Ajmal, for three sixes and a four to reach the final.

Since that match, Australia has defeated Pakistan only once in six outings. The only victory came in a dead rubber of a T20 International series in 2012. But despite the poor recent record, George Bailey feels Australia’s hard hitting batting order can overcome the Pakistan spinners.

“They have three spinners in the top-10 [of the ICC rankings] at the moment in the T20 format so they are very strong spin side and the conditions over here will play into their hands. But at the same time, I feel we have very strong and hard hitting powerful batting line up so that should help us hopefully overcome the spin threat”

Australia has struggled against Pakistan because they have failed to combat Ajmal. The off-spinner, with the well disguised doosra in his armoury, has picked up 18 wickets in 10 matches at a exceptional economy rate of 6.2 against Australia.

In recent times, the Australian batting has decoded the wily Sunil Narine after facing him consistently in the Indian Premier League (IPL). But with Pakistan players excluded from playing the IPL, it is a challenge for them to overcome Ajmal.

“It is a challenge trying to negotiate the Pakistan spinners especially since the Australian team members don’t have the luxury of facing them day in and day out during the IPL. So we have to talk about the experiences when we have faced them in the past and go from there” said Bailey.

Even though Bailey was confident of tackling the spinners, Pakistan coach Moin Khan still feels the Australians can be exposed by his tweakers. “Well, they can be [susceptible against spin], but of course they’ve been playing really good cricket for a very long time,” Moin said, “But I still believe in my spinners. I think we’re capable to get them.”

Given the strike rate of the Australian top three is over 140 and with the hitting capacity of Glenn Maxwell down the order, Moin also believed it was important Pakistan to fight “fire with fire”

It promises to be a fascinating contest. The last time Australia beat Pakistan in a T20, Hussey had powered them to victory. The same would be expected from the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Shane Watson and Maxwell when they face Pakistan on Sunday.
ICC World T20 2014 schedule: Match time table with venue details

Pakistan vs Australia in UAE, 2014

Oct 30, 2014 (11:30 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 2, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Cuttack

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Nov 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Khulna

South Africa tour of Australia, 2014

Nov 5, 2014 (14:05 IST)   at Adelaide

Sri Lanka tour of India, 2014

Nov 6, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Ahmedabad

More

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 15, 2014  at Ahmedabad

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Nov 7, 2014  at Bengaluru

Match cancelled

West Indies tour of India, 2014

Oct 30, 2014  at Hyderabad

Match cancelled

South Africa tour of New Zealand, 2014

Oct 27, 2014  at Hamilton

No result

Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh, 2014

Oct 25, 2014  at Dhaka

Bangladesh won by 3 wkts

Photos

Pakistan vs Australia, 2nd Test

Videos

Tendulkar provides teaser on upcoming book

Pakistan vs Australia 2014: Younis Khan’s double ton puts Pakistan on top against Australia at stumps on Day 2 of 2nd Test

Duleep Trophy 2014-15 final: Central Zone 214/4 at stumps; lead by 111 runs

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

KL Rahul could be opening option for India’s tour to Australia

Australia Australia tour of UAE 2014 Australia vs Pakistan Australia vs Pakistan 2014 Central Zone Duleep Trophy Duleep Trophy 2014-15 India Pakistan Pakistan vs Australia Pakistan vs Australia 2014 South Zone South Zone vs Central Zone Sri Lanka Sri Lanka tour of India 2014

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

ICC World Cup 2015: New Zealand prime minister urges Indian fans to attend the tournament

Mohammad Yousuf: Muttiah Muralitharan would not have been allowed to bowl under current ICC rules

Mohammad Azharuddin’s son included in UP One-Day squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy

Rohit Sharma looks to strengthen career after an inconsistent year

Younis Khan equals Javed Miandad’s record of most 150+ scores by Pakistan batsman

India vs Sri Lanka 2014: Manish Pandey showing signs of fulfilling potential

Yuvraj Singh — have we seen the last of the man who won India three World Cups?

Younis Khan continues piling up records for Pakistan

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

678 Posts | 6 Fans

Video Highlights: Younis Khan century during Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test at Dubai

Microsoft Office for Mac to release in 2015, new Outlook for Mac now available to Office 365 subscribers

Furious 7 trailer launch: Trailer Live Streaming of the much awaited Vin Diesel, late Paul Walker film

Ayurvedic treatment: 7 types of Ayurvedic massages you should know about

Younis Khan: I want to be remembered as team-man

International programme in Animal Husbandry

WICB officials should visit India to minimize damage: Andy Roberts

Nokia’s Chennai plant not a part of the Microsoft deal, to shut shop tomorrow

Beauty Tip #43 — Get fuller-looking lips with home-made sugar scrub

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Birthday Special: Top 5 roles which stunned her fans

Bigg Boss 8 Day 40 highlights: Upen Patel faces captaincy woes; Gautam Gulati punished again!

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here