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Australia’s captain George Bailey has admitted his side stands no chance of winning the World Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka if their performances mirror a shattering first-up loss to Pakistan in the series in Dubai. The seven-wicket hiding was Australia’s heaviest in terms of balls to spare for the chasing team, after Bailey’s men were shot out for a measly 89, their lowest total since England rolled Ricky Ponting’s team for 79 in only their second T20I, at the Rose Bowl in 2005.
Despite all players having taken part in the pre-season camp in Darwin where spin was a major consideration, and most then having the benefit of the ODI series against Pakistan in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi, Australia’s efforts against the spinners were particularly poor. Bailey admitted improvements had to be made to what he described as a “real key” to the team’s chances.
“The spinners are outstanding, and on the back of the one-day tournament the spinners were certainly the key to their bowling and our quicks were probably the key to ours,” he said. “So 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 Cup too, so we’re working on it.
“In terms of the World Cup there’s no better practice than playing against the world class spinners that Pakistan have in these three games.”
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