DUBAI: Following some hard-fought battles in the 50-over version, Pakistan and Australia take their rivalry to the shorter version in a bid to seek fluency ahead of the World T20, locking horns in the first of three T20Is , played today, September 5, 2012, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Measuring their respective progress in this arena on the back of their current rankings could be a misleading research, where the green army occupies the sixth spot, while their opponents are ranked a lowly 9th.
Addressing a press conference yesterday, Pakistan Captain Mohammad Hafeez said that his was a balanced team, which has the ability to defeat Australia. In this series, we have to give a final shape to our preparations for ICC World T20 and constitution of our team by overcoming our shortcomings.
Australian Captain George Bailey said that winning the one-day series has boosted confidence. Saeed Ajmal is a dangerous spinner, but we have made a strategy of attacking Saeed Ajmal, who can bowl only four overs in T20, therefore the danger is minimized, he said.
Mohammad Hafeez said that it was good to be in form in one-day match and hoped that he would continue this form in T20 series also.
Three T20 international cricket series between Pakistan and Australia are being held for the first time. Pakistan and Australia have so far played seven international T20s of which Pakistan had won four and Australia three.