Injury-plagued Australia start their journey for the only major title missing from their overflowing cupboard when they conflict with Pakistan in the ICC World T20 in Dhaka on Sunday.
Pakistan’s seven-wicket drubbing at India’s hands on yesterday evening should give Australia added confidence for the group 2 Super-10 match at the Sher-e-Bangla ground. But captain George Bailey turned down to take victory for granted, insisting instead that it was spin-heavy Pakistan that held the edge.
“I don’t think we have any advantage,” Bailey said. “If anything, they have probably got the advantage in terms of having played here and got used to the conditions. “
“We have not played at this ground yet. It is going to be fresh for us. We have to adjust pretty quickly.”
Australia, already lost leading fast bowler Mitchell Johnson due to a toe infection, will also be without all-rounder James Faulkner for the opening game.