The victory meant Australia, who had fallen to world number four in one-day rankings, bounced back after their 4-0 thumping by England in a one-day series in July. -Photo by AP

SHARJAH: Captain Michael Clarke on Tuesday praised a professional Australia on foiling Pakistan's bid to win a limited over series, saying the players were really proud of their performance.

Australia edged out Pakistan by three wickets in a hard-fought third and final match here early Tuesday, preventing their rivals from winning a limited over series for the first time in ten years.

Australia won the first match here by four wickets before Pakistan levelled the series with a seven wicket win in Abu Dhabi.

The victory meant Australia, who had fallen to world number four in one-day rankings, bounced back after their 4-0 thumping by England in a one-day series in July.

“The feeling around the group is great, especially after losing 4-0 to England,” said Clarke. “The guys should be really proud of this series. It was a tough victory against a very good one-day team.”

Australia successfully chased down a challenging 245-run target on the back of contrasting half-centuries from Michael Hussey (65) and Glenn Maxwell (56 not out), overcoming a serious threat from off-spinner Saeed Ajmal who took 3-37.

Australia not only combated the spin well but also the sapping heat and perturbing humidity during all three matches, with the temperature rising to 35-plus even though the start to the matches had been delayed to 6:00 pm in the evening.

“We worked really hard before coming on this series. We were up in Darwin as a team and worked hard against spin bowling. We found conditions so different to what we tried to prepare for up in Darwin, especially in the heat.

“I've never played in heat like this, in humidity like this. The most pleasing thing is the whole series was won by the whole team, it wasn't one individual player.”

Clarke said the team combination was important.

“As captain of this team and the Test team it's important for me to have a mix of youth and experience. I think that showed. You saw Maxwell, who is young and hasn't played too much cricket go out and play his natural game.”

For Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq it was a third one-day series loss, after going down to England and Sri Lanka.

“I think we have to improve in every department of the game, especially we have to find the right combination of fast bowling and also we have to improve our batting and fielding,” said Misbah.

Pakistan dropped as many as four catches and a stumping, the most costly of which was Maxwell when dropped by Azhar Ali off paceman Junaid Khan on 34.

Pakistan also wasted good starts in batting in the first and third matches.

“At important stages of the game we collapsed in batting and we have to make good use of batting power-plays,” said Misbah, who will not be part of the Twenty20 squad.

Pakistan and Australia play three Twenty20 matches – all in Dubai – on September 5, 7 and 10.


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mo
Sep 04, 2012 03:30pm
Exactly. There are other good young players that are more committed to team and should be given a chance.
Naveed
Sep 04, 2012 11:47am
i really doubt the pakistani team performance... Loosing to every good cricket team has become destiny of Paki boys... what a pitty
kashif
Sep 04, 2012 11:50am
In deed in was a 'wondourful' pro-formenz by Pakistan.....and usual performance by Australia...
mumtaz tanoli
Sep 04, 2012 08:28pm
i think that it totally luck game all pakistani palyers appericiate but their was some mistakes and misjudge catches no one wants to take to lose that game frome Aus but there is luck with australians this is easy to comment on losing side but i am appericiater pakistani team and i hope that in t20 series we will won inshaallah
sri1ram
Sep 04, 2012 10:55am
The primary factor going Pakistan's way in the previous decades of Indo-Pak cricket rivalry was sheer will-power (Assuming that the Indian batting talent balanced the awesome Pakistani bowling skills in this period). So we can see the skewed win-loss ratio in favor of Pakistan in both test series (9:12) and ODI series (40:64). The Indian teams since 2000 have become more professional, better trained with better facilities and a wider selection process. Other factors are the leadership crises in Pak cricket, the comparative stability on the Indian side, the success of IPL, finances etc. It looks on paper like Indian outfits can take on and better Pakistani outfits at home and at neutral venues anytime correcting the skewed win-loss ratios. There has been good evidence since 2000 of the w/l ratio is in favor of India since 2000 (Test series 2:1, ODI series 3:3). So it will sure be mouth-watering from the Indian perspective to see more matches between India and Pakistan.
jayakumar
Sep 04, 2012 05:55pm
all the people who wants afridi to retire will write After a succesful serious with Kenya or Netherland with 3 fifties Afridi is the best player in this world . this happens not only in Pakistan also in India.. We are so cricket crazy people , what to do.
Syed J
Sep 04, 2012 05:31pm
Same story again Kamran Akmal missed 3 stumping chances. The guy has hands of steel, can not gather anything properly. He must have a big purchy(Rahman Malik). He is supposed to be a wicket keeper/Batsman but his highest score was 4. He missed more catches and stumpings then scoring.
malik
Sep 04, 2012 02:53pm
couldnt agree more with u. thy come to pitch jst to promote thmselves nd their brand. especially afridi nd umer never learn frm their mistake. evry player has play for a team nd nt jst come in nd sky the ball nd get out. thy nt playing street cricket anymore.
Kash
Sep 05, 2012 10:30am
Afridi did say he will retire when he becomes a burden on the team. Now he is a burden and has to quit. Razzaq should also not be in the team, he also fires once in a blue moon. All those Shoaib Malik haters, i believe he can still do justice in a pakistan shirt and so too can Imran Farhat. Imran is okay with the bat and had some good partnerships with Hafeez not too long ago. The problem is the pakistan team is too friendly on the pitch, they are not ruthless enough and don't go for the kill. Fans will remember 2003 world cup match with Aus - when aus were 80-4 and then made over 300 thanks to Symonds. The team is mentally immature. When we play India we play in friendly mode and not serious mode like the Indians do. We cant even double our 30 over score anymore. Pak should have got 292, considering they were 146 after 30 overs. That is the general rule. Also we don't have players who hit the ball straight back over the bowlers head and we don't use our feet when batting (like Michael Clarke).
Abdul Malik
Sep 05, 2012 05:03am
Shahid Afridi, Misbah ul Haq, Abdul Razzaq, Shoaib Malik, Imran Farhat and Kamran Akmal are spent force players and must not be included in any format of game. We should rather try to induct young blood and build a team in next couple of years.
Saad
Sep 04, 2012 12:12pm
Pakistan is dependent on its spinners and for the top order. No middle order performance, no good fast bowlers and below average fielding can not make them a "good" cricketing side. They seriously need to improve and look out for international quality cricketers which I believe except for Ajmal there is no other in the team.
Fahim Yasin
Sep 04, 2012 06:06pm
Poor fielding took match away from the clutches of our cricket team.This is noteworthy that for the past one year fielding and batting are main key factors responsible for cricket failure in homeland.
Danish
Sep 04, 2012 10:06pm
Thanks to your captaincy Misbah. When they were going hard on your bowllers with continuously improving their run rate, why you did not bring Ajmal in for bowling. Were you thinking that you could retain them for last over with this total? You brought in Ajmal when almost every thing was over and see you wasted his three overs which he could not bowl. He was your only chance to win the match and you made sure that he could not do his job. Shame on your captaincy Misbah.
bilal
Sep 04, 2012 12:59pm
like i said before...we're lacking good quality fast bowlers...what kind of a combination do you call this? 4 spinners and 1 fast bowler? there's no balance to our side...yes spin is our strong point but u need to have a balance...why not drop junaid khan then? n fill pack your side with an all spin attack if you really think our spinners will win us the game...why not pick shoaib malik? he offers you an extra batting option and plus a bowling option?...you can not pick afridi on past reputation...yes he's got a name but he's a very ordinary player...way too over-rated for my liking...time to look for new fast bowlers... as far as our batting is concerned...that was an absolute pathetic performance...140-1 after 28 overs and you still can't score 250 an over? afridi doesn't know how to bat despite playing 350 odd ODI's...what was the need 2 smack it around so soon and especially when you've still got the whole time in the world to get settled in?...none of the blame should go to misbah apart from the fast he took saeed ajmal outta the attack at a time when he was picking up wickets...had he continued with ajmal, who knows he woud've picked up more wickets and we'd be celebrating a series victory....
Naveed
Sep 04, 2012 12:58pm
Aggressive cleanup is required , Afridi, Misbah, Imran Farhat, Sami, Ejaz Cheema, Younus Khan should be thrown out and shall never return to the squad
Javid Shirazi
Sep 04, 2012 10:54am
Regular selection of under performing players (Afridi, Akmal brothers) is a major reason. They have been provided ample opportunities, so it is time to infuse fresh set of players - who cannot possibly do worse than what is happening now. Get rid of the inertia.
Mike
Sep 05, 2012 03:33am
The only way most of these old timers will leave the Team if they are in a plane crash.same old players again in T-20?.Sami,Akmal Bros,Afridi,Shoaib Malik,Razzak? these players have been loosing for the past 12 years.i cannot believe Razzak is still 29? he has been playing since 1987.so he was 8 years old when he started playing test cricket?
mo
Sep 04, 2012 01:55pm
defintely get rid rid of Afridi, Umar and Kamran akmal
Anwar
Sep 04, 2012 02:44pm
I think Pakistan did improve their Batting alot. I think inshallah slowly they will get better but afridi needs to retire
Anwar
Sep 04, 2012 02:41pm
I think Afridi should retire because he came in the third position to bat and he tried to hit a six who the hell does that on the second ball . I think Pakistan played better without Afridi in the second game. He exposed his batting and he exposed his balling to the Aussie's who took advantage of that and started grabbing wickets when Pakistan was batting and started hitting sixes to Ajmal bhai and Junaid. I think because of Afridi batting and bowling was exposed and they took advantage. I think Afridi should retire.
Abdullah Hussain
Sep 04, 2012 06:18pm
The current Pakistani team do not have the required toughness of mind to win difficult matches. In my opinion had Australia been in Pakistan's position they would have easily won. PCB should appoint a sports Psychologist to uplift the fading confidence of most of the senior players. Shahid Afridi is one such example of faded confidence. Without proper mind training, the more Afridi plays the more he will be confronted with shattered confidence in batting. Technically our players are super fit and can match any team but the winning confidence. no, it is much below average.
Nasir Magsi
Sep 04, 2012 11:00am
It was very wondourful performance by pakistani team as well as kangroo...