‘Younis Khan and Umar Gul omission a surprise’ - Australia head coach Rixon

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    Dubai: Steve Rixon, Australia’s acting head coach, has expressed his surprise at the omission of veteran player Younus Khan and strike bowler Umar Gul from the Pakistan squad for the series against his country, which starts on August 28.

    Responding to a query from Gulf News as to whether the absence of Pakistan’s two top performers will make it easy for his team, Rixon said: “We have to first take a look at the wicket to see whether it is a massive advantage or not.

    “Both players are outstanding cricketers and I was a little surprised, to be honest, to see them both missing. But it gives opportunity for others to get there,” the coach said.

    “Pakistan have got a lot of experience in their side like Shoaib Malik, the likes of Shahid Afridi and Kamran Akmal, who has come back into the side.

    “With players like Mohammad Hafeez too in the side, they are a bunch who have played well over 100-odd matches for their county,” he added.

    “So I think they have a nice balance with some good kids coming out of Pakistan. They will be very competitive and be very desperate for a win after two disappointing series.”
    Rixon is equally hopeful that his own players will rise to the challenge in the UAE.

    “The end result is how you play out in the middle when you get there. We have nothing to lose with that attitude, which I think is an outstanding way to play. We have been the number one in this game for a long time, and we want to make sure we get back to No 1,” said Rixon, who played in 13 Tests and six one-dayers for Australia as a dependable wicketkeeper.

    “So we will make every effort to win it. We have to do what we do well and if we do that, I think we can achieve it.”

    He insisted he is not overly concerned about the UAE’s hot weather conditions affecting his players. “We have just come out of a camp in Darwin. The weather there was very warm up there, but nothing to compare to over here, I presume,” Rixon said.

    “We are well aware of how hot it is going to be and we are also well aware that our body clocks will need to change, given that matches commencing from 6pm will end only by 1.45am. There are a lot of professional people around us and we have a very good support staff to help us out.”
    Rixon says gone are the days when cricketers could not adapt to different conditions.

    “A lot of players in the modern day games play a lot in the sub-continent. With the IPL and other forms of cricket being played in the sub-continent, especially in places like Chennai where it is very warm, players today can get acclimatised to conditions unlike they used to be able to ten or 15 years ago.”

    Australia take on Afghanistan in their first match of the tour on Saturday, August 25 and Rixon admitted that their opponents are an unknown quantity.

    “No one has seen them in action for a while so you have to really be looking at your own backyard as the starting point and how we can play best in these conditions regardless of the opposition,” said the Australian.

    “Afghanistan have come in as a minor contender, but they are now competing at the top and at their best level. So we have got to come in with every answer and respect for the opposition,” he added.

    “We also like to think that we are going with the upper hand to be able to beat them in these sorts of conditions with the sort of side we have with us.

    “We will like to play to our best and I like the idea that the minor nations are now getting an opportunity to come in and play against the bigger boys. That is great for cricket and the culture of the game.”

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    Well, it was time that Umar Gul should be dropped.. But it was ridiculous to drop Younis Khan, due to one bad series...

    But it was also ridiculous to drop Umar Gul, against Australia.... Last time we won against Australia in the World Cup, was only cause of Umar Gul
     
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    Can't seem to comprehend the 'ridiculous to drop Younis Khan' statement from shahrukh619. Lets now all sit together and count the 'one bad series' of Younis Khan in ODIs. I'm afraid I'll have to use statistics here to prove my point but having seen Younis play ODIs for a long time and in my opinion, the statistics are correct here.

    Starting from the Champions Trophy in 2009, the man has had little or no form to show to his name and this goes for your No.3 batsman out of whom big things are expected from a team. Its about time that Younis was let alone to focus on his game in test cricket and prolong that to the maximum, a format that he relishes. Playing him in the shorter versions on the basis of test form is a mistake that should not be made too often.

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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

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    Looking at that chart, the axe should have come a long long time ago!
    No centuries in that time period either.
     
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    yup, true that, his form was quite poor in the Asia Cup and SRi Lanka series along with England series... Though he did better in the Sri Lanka odi series played in odi...... But, you should also take alook at the person who replaced him... SHOAIB MALIK.... I would rather have Younis Khan then Malik....
     

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    Bilal123 Tracer Bullet

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    lol Had Rixon been paying any attention at all to Pakistan cricket for the last 2 years he would not have made this statement. Just like Australia has dropped Ponting, since he's past his prime, Pakistan has done the same to Younis, simple.
     
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    Big Daddy Emerging Player

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    Aussie mind games people, nothing to read here.
     
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    iZeeshan Whispering Death

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    Not the point. The point is that Younis Khan is mediocre, always has been mediocre, and will always be mediocre (in ODIs). He has been facing the axe for over 2 years now and somehow, keeps making it back into the team. An awful ODI player. I mean, he averages sub-33 after nearly 300 ODIs as a specialist batsman playing at one of the most important positions.
     
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    Chishti Formerly 'Winsome'

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    I'm very happy to saw that Younus is dropped because he is not capable player in ODI's but very perplexed why they dropped Umar Gul who is our leading bowler in ODI's?
    I really think that it might be costly for us because we don't've experienced bowler like Umar Gul.
     
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    Pakistan does have other pace bowlers. Sohail Tanvir is experienced and in good form. Junaid is also pretty good. Gul has been poor of very late and with the ruling on 2 new balls he's not been as effective as he used to be. Its good he's been dropped, he needs a good rest to find his groove again
     

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