Pakistan has dominated Australia during this series. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Australia has one last chance to reverse its poor form in Twenty20 Internationals when it faces Pakistan in the third and final game of their series in Dubai early on Tuesday morning (AEST). Despite putting in an improved performance in the last match, Australia ‘Super Over’ loss was its 12th in the past 16 matches since losing the 2010 World T20 final to England in the West Indies and saw them slip below Ireland to tenth on the world rankings. More worrying looking ahead to this month’s World T20 event is the fact that the side looks unsettled and unbalanced.
Hard hitting opener David Warner hasn’t been at his best on the slow UAE pitches but there also problems in the middle order. Short format specialists David Hussey and Cameron White are yet to make a mark on this series with just 18 runs between them from the past two matches. They need to make more of a contribution if George Bailey’s side is to get a much needed confidence boost. Victorian allrounder Glenn Maxwell is likely to earn a recall after being left out three days ago.
Pakistani master blaster Imran Nazir will be looking to make his mark after failing to make an impression on his return to the national setup so far. His has scored 22 and 0 in his two visits to the crease but averages 32 with a strikerate of 157 in 20 over matches. Kamran Akmal has impressed after earning a recall, scoring 74 runs without being dismissed, while skipper Mohammad Hafeez has also played a key role in his side’s success with both bat and ball. Shahid Afridi is unlikely to be included as he continues his recovery from a hand injury.
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