Australia and Pakistan face-off in T20 international
by CricketArchive Staff Reporter

Player:Younis Khan, BJ Haddin
Event:Australia in United Arab Emirates 2008/09

DateLine: 6th May 2009


Pakistan and Australia will play a one-off version of the game at the Dubai Stadium on Thursday. The match will be the last international encounter for both teams before next month's tournament in England, and Pakistan captain Younus Khan wants to make the best of it, after losing a One-day series against Australia. In the inaugural World Twenty20, held in South Africa in 2007, Pakistan finished runners-up to India and beat Australia in the Super Eight Stage by six wickets.


Pakistan have included two teenagers in their squad of 15 for the World Twenty20, left-arm paceman Mohammad Aamir and spinning all-rounder Shazaib Hassan. However, both will be absent against Australia Thursday. Australia's stand-in skipper, Brad Haddin, taking over after Michael Clarke returned home for a rest after the One-day series, hoped for an exciting clash.


Australia will see the return of regular captain Ricky Ponting, batsman Michael Hussey and spearhead Mitchell Johnson -- all rested for the Pakistan series -- in the Twenty20 World Cup, along with Clarke. Australia may also get a chance to assess further the fitness of pace bowler Brett Lee, who has joined the squad for Thursday's game and is tipped to play.


Teams : (from)


Pakistan : Younus Khan (capt), Salman Butt, Ahmed Shahzad, Shoaib Malik, Misbah-ul-Haq, Shahid Afridi, Kamran Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shoaib Akhtar, Sohail Tanvir, Umar Gul, Rao Iftikhar, Yasir Arafat, Saeed Ajmal


Australia : Brad Haddin (capt), Nathan Bracken, Callum Ferguson, Brett Lee, Nathan Hauritz, Ben Hilfenhaus, James Hopes, David Hussey, Ben Laughlin, Doug Bollinger, Andrew Symonds, Shane Watson, Marcus North, Stuart Clark


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