Australia on verge of lowest rankings in Twenty20 internationals

Pakistan crushed Australia by seven wickets in their opening T20 at Dubai AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dubai: Sep 7, 2012

Australia are on the brink of slipping to the 10th spot in ICC Rankings in Twenty20 cricket, if they fail to level their ongoing three-match series against Pakistan in UAE.

Australia suffered their heaviest defeat in T20Is in terms of balls remaining earlier this week, when Pakistan crushed them by seven wickets with 31 balls to spare.

Ireland are ahead by only 0.57 of a ratings point of Australia and another loss in the series means Pakistan will take an unassailable lead and also result in Australia slipping behind the Irish.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, about 13 cricketers among the 15 named for this month s ICC World T20 play in the cash-rich Indian Premier League, earned more than $US6.4 million in fees at the 2011-12 IPL auctions.

Also, many Australian cricketers feature in the Big Bash, and Twenty20 competitions in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England.

Australia’s captain George Bailey expressed disappointment over the abject loss.

“I am very disappointed and there’s plenty to go away and work on. You don’t ever want to be setting those sorts of records. But in terms of the group we’ve got together and what we’re capable of, it certainly hasn’t altered my thoughts that we can still be a very good team,” said Bailey.

Bailey, whose team is ranked a lowly ninth in Twenty20 cricket, insisted his team can still win the World Twenty20.

“I still think we can win it. Definitely. Absolutely. I certainly don’t think we will win if we play like we did today. It’s hopefully just a bad performance and one that you won’t see again. Even if we gained a tiny bit of momentum, we gave it back by losing a wicket.”

Bailey said he hoped Australia, who won the preceding one-day series 2-1, will improve.

“It’s a work in progress, it’s going to be a real key the way we play spin and the way we play spin heading into the World Twenty20 too, so we’re working on it.

“In terms of the World Twenty20 there’s no better practice than playing against the world class spinners that Pakistan have in these three games,” said Bailey.