“Dont Forget To Bookmark This Website” Match facts August 28-29, 2012 Start time 1800 (1400 GMT) Big Picture Australia’s one-off entrée against Afghanistan now complete, it’s time for the main course in the UAE: a three-match ODI series followed by three Twenty20s against Pakistan. That the series is even going ahead is a credit to [...]
Pakistan and Australia will play 1st match of One Day 2012 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 28th August 2012. PAK vs AUS ODI Match will start at 18:00 local time (14:00 GMT), 19:00 PKT. Teams Squad for Pakistan and Australia is given below. Pakistan Team Squad (probable): Misbah-ul-Haq*, Abdur Rehman, Aizaz Cheema, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, [...]
Sri Lanka and India will play 4th match of One Day 2012 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 31st July 2012. SL vs IND ODI Match will start at 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT), 14:00 PKT. Teams Squad for Sri Lanka and India is given below. Sri Lanka Team Squad (probable): DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, LD Chandimal, TM [...]
Waqar Younis is no longer in contention to become Australia’s new bowling coach after being turned down this week following an interview. Cricket Australia is searching for a replacement for Craig McDermott, who vacated the position in May, and Waqar was keen to take on the position and work with Australia’s emerging crop of fast bowlers. [...]
August 28-29, 2012
Start time 1800 (1400 GMT)
Australia’s one-off entrée against Afghanistan now complete, it’s time for the main course in the UAE: a three-match ODI series followed by three Twenty20s against Pakistan. That the series is even going ahead is a credit to both countries, for finding a venue and a suitable time proved harder than anyone could have imagined. Initially, Sri Lanka was to host the matches but the scheduling of the SLPL at the same time scuppered that plan. Malaysia was considered, with the heat in the UAE at this time of year making it unsuitable for day-time play, but in the end the boards agreed to play in the UAE with a 6pm start for the ODIs, to avoid the hottest part of the afternoon.
The conditions and the likelihood of turning pitches will give Pakistan a good chance of breaking their ten-year drought without a one-day series win against Australia. Not that Pakistan have been in particularly good one-day form: they lost a series to Sri Lanka in June and to England in the UAE in February. Australia are similarly struggling in the 50-over format; having been soundly beaten by England they slipped to fourth on the ICC one-day rankings, and could fall further if they lose to Pakistan, who are sixth.
Both sides are without some senior players: Pakistan have dropped Umar Gul and Younis Khan, and Australia are missing Clint McKay due to injury and Shane Watson, who is being rested to allow him more time for strength and conditioning work ahead of a busy schedule. Pakistan are expected to use a spin-heavy attack in this first match, while Australia have decided to rely on pace, having seen the ball swing in their win against Afghanistan.
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It’s nearly 18 months since Kamran Akmal last played for his country in any format, in the World Cup semi-final loss to India. Since then, Pakistan have rotated through four different wicketkeepers in ODIs, including Kamran’s brothers Adnan Akmal and Umar Akmal. Now it is his turn again. Kamran’s batting is always a threat, although in 15 ODIs he has only once scored more than 50 against Australia, but it’s his glovework that often lets the team down. As part of the squad for this tour and the ICC World Twenty20, he needs to find his best form with both bat and gloves over the next month.
By promoting himself to No.3, Michael Clarke has said that he is the man to fix Australia’s batting black hole. In the past year, Australia have used Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Peter Forrest, Shane Watson, Matthew Wade and George Bailey at first drop, for a combined average of 23.37. Against Afghanistan Clarke made 75 and it was a positive sign, and he will be aiming to keep that form going against Pakistan. Batting high up also gives Clarke a chance to bat for a long period against what is likely to be a spin-heavy attack, and he is the best equipped of Australia’s batsmen to handle such bowling.
Pakistan have taken a 16-man squad for the ODIs but there was no room for Umar Gul or Younis Khan, while Kamran Akmal was brought back into the side. The exact make-up of the attack remains uncertain, but the coach Dav Whatmore indicated they would rely largely on the slow bowlers. “We are going to bowl more spin than the quicks,” Whatmore said, “and it’s important that we do that well.”
Pakistan (squad) Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Umar Akmal, Kamran Akmal (wk), Shahid Afridi, Sohail Tanvir, Aizaz Cheema, Saeed Ajmal, Imran Farhat, Shoaib Malik, Abdur Rehman, Junaid Khan, Anwar Ali
Australia have made one change from the side that beat Afghanistan, leaving out their frontline spinner Xavier Doherty. The allrounder Daniel Christian will take his place, meaning plenty of seam-bowling options for Michael Clarke, while the spin duties will be shared by Glenn Maxwell, David Hussey and Clarke himself. It remains to be seen whether Matthew Wade will open or be moved down the order to give him some respite from the heat.
Australia 1 Matthew Wade (wk), 2 David Warner, 3 Michael Clarke (capt), 4 Michael Hussey, 5 David Hussey, 6 George Bailey, 7 Glenn Maxwell, 8 Daniel Christian, 9 Mitchell Johnson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 James Pattinson
Pitch and conditions
The humid conditions allowed Australia’s fast bowlers to extract plenty of swing at the same venue against Afghanistan, but Pakistan’s spinners should also find the conditions to their liking. The temperature, even late at night, is not expected to fall below 33C.
Stats and trivia
- Shahid Afridi needs three more wickets to reach 350 in one-day internationals; now that Brett Lee has retired, Afridi is the leading wicket taker among current ODI cricketers
- The last one-day international Australia played against Pakistan in the UAE was just over three years ago, yetonly one member of that Australia side – Michael Clarke – will take the field in this game
- Should Australia lose the series 2-1 they won’t move on the ICC one-day rankings, but if they lose 3-0 they will drop from fourth to sixth, swapping places with PakistanQuotes
“Australia have had a retirement or two and an injury so I suppose we can have an edge to start with.”
Dav Whatmore, the coach of Pakistan
“Both teams are keen to get some consistency, I guess, back into the one-day game. I think Pakistan are a lot like Australia in the fact that they have a lot of talent – it’s just about performing consistently.”
Australia’s captain Michael Clarke
Pakistan and Australia will play 1st match of One Day 2012 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on 28th August 2012. PAK vs AUS ODI Match will start at 18:00 local time (14:00 GMT), 19:00 PKT. Teams Squad for Pakistan and Australia is given below.
Pakistan Team Squad (probable): Misbah-ul-Haq*, Abdur Rehman, Aizaz Cheema, Anwar Ali, Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Imran Farhat, Junaid Khan, Kamran Akmal†, Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Saeed Ajmal, Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Akmal.
Australia Team Squad (probable): MJ Clarke*, GJ Bailey, DT Christian, XJ Doherty, CJ Ferguson, DJ Hussey, MEK Hussey, MG Johnson, AC McDermott, GJ Maxwell, JL Pattinson, SPD Smith, MA Starc, MS Wade†, DA Warner.
Umpires BF Bowden and Zameer Haider
TV umpire NJ Llong
Match referee J Srinath
Reserve umpire Shozab Raza
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Sri Lanka and India will play 4th match of One Day 2012 at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo on 31st July 2012. SL vs IND ODI Match will start at 14:30 local time (09:00 GMT), 14:00 PKT. Teams Squad for Sri Lanka and India is given below.
Sri Lanka Team Squad (probable): DPMD Jayawardene*, AD Mathews, LD Chandimal, TM Dilshan, N Pradeep, HMRKB Herath, CK Kapugedera, SL Malinga, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, KC Sangakkara†, SMSM Senanayake, WU Tharanga, HDRL Thirimanne, I Udana.
India Team Squad (probable): MS Dhoni*†, V Kohli, R Ashwin, AB Dinda, G Gambhir, Z Khan, PP Ojha, IK Pathan, AM Rahane, SK Raina, V Sehwag, R Sharma, RG Sharma, MK Tiwary, UT Yadav.
Umpires HDPK Dharmasena and BNJ Oxenford
TV umpire TH Wijewardene
Match referee BC Broad
Reserve umpire RR Wimalasiri
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Waqar Younis is no longer in contention to become Australia’s new bowling coach after being turned down this week following an interview. Cricket Australia is searching for a replacement for Craig McDermott, who vacated the position in May, and Waqar was keen to take on the position and work with Australia’s emerging crop of fast bowlers.
The Tasmania bowling coach Ali de Winter is another contender for the role and was given the chance to audition as the stand-in mentor on the recent one-day tour of England. Interviews for the job did not take place until after the squad returned from that trip and Waqar said on Wednesday he was no longer in the running.
“I was interested but it didn’t work out between me and Cricket Australia,” Waqar told ESPNcricinfo. “It didn’t really work out. They did interview me. I guess what I’m offering and what they’re looking at are two different things. I don’t know, I haven’t really asked them the details but that’s how it stands at the moment. It has just been in the last couple of days.”
Waqar took 373 Test wickets for Pakistan during a 14-year career and was considered a master exponent of reverse swing, and has since then served as bowling mentor and head coach of Pakistan. Now based in Sydney, Waqar said he remained keen to become involved in coaching in Australia in some capacity.
“I’ll probably be looking to get into the system here in Australia and do some work here, maybe with the younger guys,” he said. “The whole [Cricket Australia] talk has just finished now so I’ve probably got to start thinking about different things.
“I’m coaching one of the franchises for the Sri Lankan Premier League and then I’ve got the Twenty20 World Cup, I’m going to be doing commentary, studio work back in Dubai. I’m pretty full-on in the next few months.”
Waqar was the highest-profile candidate to publicly declare his interest in replacing McDermott, who delivered impressive results before quitting after only one year in the job. James Pattinson, one of Australia’s most promising young fast bowlers, said during the England tour that he would like a former Test player to be handed the position, but whether that happens remains to be seen.
South Africa’s batsmen have surged up the ICC Test rankings to occupy four of the top six spots after their colossal performance in the first Test at The Oval. Jacques Kallis is at No. 2, Hashim Amla (3), AB de Villiers (5) and Graeme Smith (6). Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara remained No. 1, while Shivnarine Chanderpaul dropped two spots to No. 4. Kallis also unseated Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan as the No. 1 allrounder in Tests.
Kallis’ unbeaten 182 in South Africa’s 637 for 2 moved him up from No. 4 in the ranking for Test batsmen. Amla, whose 311 was a South African record, rose three places while Smith climbed four places from tenth. De Villiers, who did not get an opportunity to bat in the innings-and-12-run victory, dropped two spots from third.
Among the England batsmen, Alastair Cook moved from ninth to eighth because of the 115 he scored in the first innings at The Oval.
There were significant gains for South Africa’s bowlers as well after they took 20 wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-Test series. Dale Steyn, who took seven wickets in the match, consolidated his place at No. 1 and is six points short of his career best rating – 902, which he achieved against Sri Lanka at SuperSport Park in 2011.
Morne Morkel’s five wickets lifted him from tenth to joint sixth with Australia’s Ben Hilfenhaus, while Vernon Philander rose one spot to fourth place.
All of England’s bowlers, who took only two wickets in 189 overs, dropped in the rankings. James Anderson went from No. 2 to No. 5, Stuart Broad from third to ninth and Tim Bresnan slid one place to No. 15. Graeme Swann’s wicketless performance cost him three places from No. 8 and he dropped out of the top ten for the first time since August 2009.
South Africa need to win the series by any margin to take the No. 1 Test ranking from England.