Australia uses UAE heat as Twenty20 warmup

Acting Australian coach Steve Rixon says playing in the hot and humid conditions of the United Arab Emirates will be ideal preparation for next month’s Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.

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Published: Wed 22 Aug 2012, 5:47 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:33 PM

Australia will play Afghanistan in a one-off ODI at Sharjah on Saturday ahead of three one-day internationals against Pakistan on Aug. 28, 31 and Sept. 3. With temperatures expected to exceed 40 degrees Celsius (104 F), matches won’t start until 6 p.m. local time and finish around 2 a.m.

Rixon, who is temporarily taking over from head coach Mickey Arthur for the ODIs, says players experienced similar conditions while in India.

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