George Bailey expects Pakistan to `doctor pitches` to suit spin
Australia cricket team's ODI captain George Bailey is expecting Pakistan to doctor their pitches to suit spin in their upcoming clashes in the United Arab Emirates.
Wellington: Australia cricket team's ODI captain George Bailey is expecting Pakistan to doctor their pitches to suit spin in their upcoming clashes in the United Arab Emirates.
Pakistan are due to host Australia for three ODI games in a series that starts on Tuesday. Australia made a bright start to their tour with a six-wicket win in Sunday's one-off Twenty20 clash in Dubai, with spinners Glenn Maxwell and Cameron Boyce claiming 3-13 and 2-10 respectively.
While Australia's spinners have started the tour well by restricting Pakistan to 9-96 before replying with 4-97 off 14 overs, David Warner's unbeaten 53 was the only performance of note in Australia's T20 innings, Stuff.co.nz reported.
Pakistan's ODI captain Misbah-ul Haq said that even in the last game one could see that the Australian squad was having trouble against Shahid Afridi and Raza Hasan so they can exploit that.
Haq also admitted the Australian players' experiences in the Indian Premier League, which has included matches in the UAE, has helped them improve their ability to handle turning pitches.
Bailey agrees that exposure to spinning decks is aiding his side, but it's an ongoing process. He said that he still thinks teams are doctoring their wickets to produce very large spinning wickets when they come and play them, which says to him that teams still think that they are vulnerable against spin.
Bailey said that the challenge for Australia is to become so good at spin that is no longer required, and added that teams are then producing the best cricket wickets they can.
Dubai will host the second ODI on Friday and also the first test starting on October 22.
Bailey said that he imagines the Dubai wicket won't change too much, adding that they are playing the ODI game on the same wicket and believes the Test wicket might even be the same as well. He admitted that that is going to be a challenge.