“Both players are outstanding cricketers and I was a little surprised, to be honest, to see them both missing.” -File photo

Australia’s stand-in head coach, Steve Rixon, believes Pakistan poses a significant threat for his team, but has admitted his surprise at Younis Khan and Umar Gul’s omission from the host team for the upcoming series.

Australia take on Pakistan in the first of three ODIs in UAE on August 28 in Sharjah before moving to Abu Dhabi for the second (August 31) and returning to Sharjah for the third match (September 3).

“Both players are outstanding cricketers and I was a little surprised, to be honest, to see them both missing. But it gives opportunity for others to get there. We have to first take a look at the wicket to see whether it is a massive advantage or not,” Rixon, who is serving in place of Mickey Arthur for the ODIs, said.

The coach was also of the view that Pakistan had enough backup talent available in their ranks to make the matchup between the two sides a competitive one.

“Pakistan have got a lot of experience in their side like Shoaib Malik, the likes of Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal, who has come back into the side.

“With players like Mohammad Hafeez too in the side, they are a bunch who have played well over 100-odd matches for their county,” he added.

“So I think they have a nice balance with some good kids coming out of Pakistan. They will be very competitive and be very desperate for a win after two disappointing series.”

Despite the hoopla surrounding Australia playing in “extreme conditions” in UAE, Rixon said he was not too concerned about the weather and its affect on his players.

“We have just come out of a camp in Darwin. The weather there was very warm up there, but nothing to compare to over here, I presume. The end result is how you play out in the middle when you get there. We have nothing to lose with that attitude, which I think is an outstanding way to play. We have been the number one in this game for a long time, and we want to make sure we get back to No 1,” the former wicketkeeper, who played in 13 Tests and six ODIs for Australia, said.

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Comments (7)

August 25, 2012 7:16 am
Asad Shafiq, Azhar Ali, Misbah and Junaid, those are the names you need to know. The rest need to step up.
August 24, 2012 12:47 am
India will beat you again and again! hahahhaha
August 24, 2012 6:49 am
Certainly it is very difficult to justify place of Shoaib Malik in Pakistan team.
bilal ibrahym
August 23, 2012 9:56 pm
good luck team pakistan & we are expecting a thrilling contest between these both sides .........
August 23, 2012 10:06 pm
For bringing the mighty Shoaib Malik in PCB dropped Younis Khan (if they are intending to use the mighty Malik as a batsman) or Umar Gul (the mighty Malik is dangerous bowler too) ? Knowing PCB, no one should really be surprised :)
August 23, 2012 9:16 pm
unless I am missing something, Rixon does not know how PCB operates.
August 27, 2012 5:19 am
Unless I am missing something, even PCB does not know how it operates :)
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