With the Twenty20 World Cup inching ever closer, Australia continue their erratic form that suggests the Baggy Greens could either walk away champions in Sri Lanka or be left in the corner with their dunces hat on.
A superb 94-run victory over Pakistan in Dubai did its best to banish the memories of one of their worst Twenty20 defeats in the same series, in which George Bailey’s men lost by 7-wickets with 31 balls to spare (a huge margin in cricket’s shortest format).
But David Warner and Shane Watson were at their explosive best on Monday as they smeared Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul and company all round the park to put on 111 for the first wicket in 10.4 overs.
Then Mitchell Starc (3-11) and Pat Cummins (3-15) ripped the hosts batting line up to leave them miles short of the 169 required for victory. Pakistan limped to 74 all out.
However, as strong as Bailey’s men were in their final Twenty20 fixture, Pakistan skipper Mohammed Hafeez came away with a 2-1 series victory days before both sides head to Sri Lanka, with Australia not particularly fancied in the T20 World cup betting.
Australia are at their weakest they have been in almost two decades and rely heavily on Warner and Watson at the top of the order in the Twenty20s. If they fail then their middle-order is inexperienced, bar Michael Hussey, although the Western Australia batsman has been short of form of late, and that gives them very little to bowl at. The nature of Twenty20 allows for a quick slog from an opposition player to take the game away from a side if they post a low total.
Punters looking for Betfair cricket betting tips essentially the Aussies need Warner and Watson to be at their best or they will be leaving Sri Lanka with their tails between their legs.