Pakistan's cricket team coach Dav Whatmore (R) takes part in a practice at the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore. -File photo

DUBAI: Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore believes his side will have the edge over Australia in the One-Day International and Twenty20 series in the United Arab Emirates as they are more familiar with conditions and the visitors are dealing with injuries and retirements.

The teams meet in three ODIs and three Twenty20s in Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai starting on Tuesday, with Australia recently losing their place at the top of the one-day rankings following a 4-0 series loss in England.

“They have had a retirement or two and an injury so I suppose the short answer would be yes,” Whatmore told Reuters on Saturday when asked if it was a good time to be playing Australia.

“It could be they will try even harder after they lost pretty badly to England ... but conditions are more known to the Pakistan team so from that point of view we hold a bit of an edge.”

Michael Clarke's side are fourth in the ODI rankings, with Pakistan two places behind them following a run of patchy form.

Pakistan tasted victory in the Asia Cup but that was followed by defeats in test and ODI series in Sri Lanka and a shared two-match Twenty20 series between the two sides.

Whatmore, a former Australia test batsman who has coached Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, said Pakistan's current crop of players had the potential for success.

“I honestly thought we were one ODI victory away from (it) being a very good tour in Sri Lanka,” he said.

“From positions of strength we managed to snatch defeat and hand the game over. The Asia Cup was good so really it hasn't been as bad as some people may think.

“The talent is definitely there, we just need to be a little bit stronger and win the mental battle a bit more and the team will be very competitive and consistent. We're working on those sorts of things.”

The series in the UAE is followed by the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka. Given Pakistan were runners-up in 2007, champions in 2009 and semi-finalists two years ago, Whatmore agreed there was an expectation they would once again be contenders.

“Those figures sound impressive so the pressure is on for us this time, particularly me,” he said.

“It's a challenge but I've always looked forward to these sorts of challenges.

“It is a volatile form of the game and all teams are paying due importance to the World Twenty20 so it will make for a good tournament but we would like to think we will be as good as we can be and if that is the case then I think we will be figuring somewhere.”

Updated Aug 25, 2012 09:46am

Comments (8) (Closed)


waseem
Aug 25, 2012 10:41pm
he needs time. at least give him a couple of years.Pakistan needs some consistency in it's thought process. Go for it guys lets kick some kangaroo butt
Syed M. Mustafa
Aug 26, 2012 08:57am
no coach can give result if players not perform well. coach can guide but if a player is not scoring or not bowling well or droping catches then what a coach can do. so its needless to ask from a coach.
faaziz
Aug 26, 2012 09:59am
He is a coach not a magician. Tell your boys to get their act together.
haze
Aug 25, 2012 09:07pm
hahahahahhaha
Capt C M Khan
Aug 25, 2012 08:04pm
Mr Whatmore...enough talking...give us results please!
rr
Aug 25, 2012 08:33pm
Whatmore is not a magician, but i believe he is a good coach, he working on the mental aspect of this team along with details. He is wise, but we have to be patient, we wont see the fruits of Whatmores work realistically till a year later. Look, understand this, we have immense talent I think every Pakistani fan knows this, we just dont have the mental toughness and discpline South Africa and Australians seem to have along with the professional approah towards batting fielding and bowling. Once upon a time we were tigers and mentally tough, that is no longer the case. Working on the mental aspect takes time and the details, i think we both know Pakistan has always been horrible with the litle details like perfecting their batting, working on fielding skills and situational plays so that too needs to improve. I just hope that PCB and the fans will be patient, this is not something you can fix in months it will take a year or two.
M A Mujeeb
Aug 26, 2012 07:37am
I don't think we have an edge. Our batting is weak. Our bowling also not strong as Saeed Ajmal , our main weapon, appears to be on the decline.
Saleem
Aug 25, 2012 04:38pm
Mr. Dav Whatmore, We will believe you if that edge is demonstrated during actual play. Australia is a very professional team and they plan and act using their heads not their hearts. Pakistanis are an emotional lot and highly unreliable. We need a professional approach from you. Please produce the results, Pakistan has hired you for.