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Old October 12, 2014, 08:06 AM
5tonne 5tonne is offline
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Default Australia vs Pakistan 2014

A lot of focus were put on Australia's ability to play spin especially Ajmal in the build up of the series. Australia has appointed Murali as a consultant to work with their spinners and batters. Unfortunately Ajmal is not playing in the series. Although, Australia have fared relatively well against other spinners in the first two ODIs, we can't know how would they encounter Ajmal's high quality spin if he played. And Pakistan's lacklustre batting makes the comparison somewhat harder as well.

Nonetheless, a very interesting comment from Steve Smith after he scored his maiden ODI hundred in the first ODI, "Today it was just about trying to get off strike and putting the bad ball away, and it worked well". http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/1...0HX07F20141008 Our batters would do well if they adopted similar batting strategy.

Link to Espncricinfo's home page for the series: http://www.espncricinfo.com/pakistan...es/727905.html
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Old October 12, 2014, 06:01 PM
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Given the batting woes they should have given sami aslam at least the dead rubber match, think they should have kept raza hasan in the side for that match as well as he's probably their main spin hope for the long term atm, a bit strange they rested misbah.
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Old October 12, 2014, 07:39 PM
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What a win for Australia. Bailey has been an excellent captain. The field setting and bowling rotation did the trick defending such a small total.
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Old October 13, 2014, 08:58 AM
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So is Michael Clarke going to come back as captain?
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Old October 13, 2014, 09:11 AM
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Definitely. Michael Clarke is way more attacking as a captain and the best player of spin in the team. Plus its the world cup at home approaching. He wouldn't want to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.
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Old Yesterday, 06:28 AM
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Comment from cricinfo: "Spin is proving to be the difference and even the inexperienced spin bowlers of Pak are proving way more effective than their aussie counterparts...This difference may decide this match"
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Old Yesterday, 07:17 AM
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now this game can even up a bit as a Pak batting collapse is due. :p
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