Oz perfect example of how to play T20 like science
They came into the ongoing Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies unseeded but Australia’s success in the tournament has caught the imagination of former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.
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Imran feels after losing some key players in the past couple of years, Australia played the waiting game to get accustomed to cricket’s newest format.
“I think Australia is a perfect example of how to play T20 cricket like a science,” he said.
“They (Australia) lost some great players and took time to recover. Initially they didn’t do well in T20 cricket but now they have come to terms with this form of the sport as well,” Imran said on a television show.
The Michael Clarke-led Australia produced a clinical performance in all their matches so far to storm into the semi-finals of the Twenty20 World Cup, where they will take on defending champions Pakistan.
Imran said he was most impressed with the way the Brett Lee-lacked Australian pace attack bowled in the tournament so far.
“I think not only India but they have used pace to expose the batting order of other teams as well. Pace attack is their strength,” he said.
Meanwhile, Imran also made it clear that Pakistan cricket would continue to suffer unless the domestic structure was revised.
“Tell me where does the President of the country appoints the chairman of the cricket board except in Pakistan. I don’t think the political link in cricket is doing any good for the sport,” he said.
The former skipper, who now heads his own political party - Tehreek-e-Insaaf, said he always believed the system had no role to play in Pakistan cricket’s moments of glory.
“We have thrived on our natural talent. But I feel sad that if we had a proper system to use this talent more effectively, we would have been unbeatable in the world. Look at Australia they are champions because they have system that works right down to the club level,” Imran said.