Aussies aim for No.1 in multi-format test against Pakistan
AFTER taking care of Pakistan in the only Twenty20 match in the multi-format series being played in the UAE, Australia will be out to regain the world No.1 ODI ranking from India when the first of three one-dayers is played tonight in Sharjah.
The Aussies can go top if they win the series 3-0, provided the West Indies wins at least two games in its five-match away series against India.
All-rounder Glenn Maxwell, man-of-the-match in the T20 game after taking 3-13 in the six-wicket victory, achieved with six overs to spare, said the players wanted to continue Australia's domination.
"If you can keep your foot on the throat the whole way through the tour and basically stay on the opposition the whole way, it just shows what you're really here to do," the Victorian said.
"It's something we haven't done in an away series for a while. Especially going back to the India tour where India just basically stood on us the whole way through that series. Hopefully we can do that to Pakistan and go home with six wins."
Pakistan was restricted to 9-96 from its 20 overs, Maxwell's 3-13 the best figures by an Australian spinner in a T20 international. The previous record of 3-20 was shared by Steve Smith and Xavier Doherty.
Debutants Cameron Boyce (2-10), Kane Richardson (1-13) and Sean Abbott (1-17) were also among the wicket-takers.
Maxwell said he had been particularly impressed by Queenslander Boyce, while Abbott managed to get rid of danger man and Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi for just two runs.
Australia conceded only four boundaries in the innings, the least number the team has given up when bowling all 20 overs of a T20 innings. The bowlers did not give up a six, just the third time that has happened.
Opener David Warner (pictured) made sure the good work of the bowlers did not go unrewarded, making an unbeaten 53 off just 39 balls.
Maxwell chipped in with 17 off 10 balls after Aaron Finch had been dismissed for just five in his first match as skipper.
Meanwhile, Queensland was unable to back up its opening-round win over Victoria in the national one-day competition, beaten by four wickets by New South Wales at Allan Border Field yesterday.
The Bulls made just 190 batting first, Nathan Reardon (45 off 76 balls), Usman Khawaja (43 off 45) and captain James Hopes (39 off 47) the only players to pass 20. Ben Rohrer top-scored for the Blues with 52 off 59 balls as they reached the target with 15 balls to spare.
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