Heat is no issue for Australia: Rixon

Afghanistan are getting recognised by getting matches against top teams of the world. This is the only way to develop cricket in the war-torn country.



By Liaqat Ali

Published: Fri 24 Aug 2012, 1:10 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 1:49 PM

Australia will take on Afghanistan in Sharjah on Saturday.

Coach Mickey Arthur will miss the one-day part of the UAE tour to focus on preparing for the Twenty20 World Cup. He will return for the Twenty20 series against the Pakistan, which follows the one-dayers.

Fielding coach Steve Rixon will be in charge in Arthur’s absence.

Heat was the issue when Pakistan asked Australia to play the series in the UAE.

Rixon said: “This type of hot weather will help Australia. Since Twenty20 World Cup is round the corner and this is the best place to play some matches ahead of the mega event.

“It could prove a very big stepping stone to succeed in Sri Lanka. If we get through this, Sri Lanka may look like a holiday resort.”

It will be Afghanistan’s second match against Test-playing nation — earlier they have faced Pakistan at the same venue in February this year.

Rixon added; “It makes no difference for me because I came out of Chennai where it’s hot and humid.

“Most of the players have been gone through the same situation. They have been in India. They have experienced this sort of weather.”

This will be another sort of first by Sharjah when the matches will be played in the night only.

Rixon added: “This is one of the very few times in the 30-odd years that I’ve been around international cricket and state cricket that you have to keep people up to make sure they are looked after best.

“It is very important that we adjust to the situation. We have to reset our body clocks to stay late and play cricket.”

Australia have ruled the world for long and now they are in a very unfamilier position as for as one-day ranking is concerned.

It will be hard for Australia team and they will try their best to bring back some sort of consistency for which they are known for. They have got a chance to perform well against Afghanistan and Pakistan in the UAE.

Rixon concluded: “We’ve only just got some (videos) recently so I’ll have a little look at that this afternoon.”

“I’m sure they’ll go in with a ‘we’ve got nothing to lose’ attitude, which is an outstanding way to play it, but we’re also going in as a side that’s been number one for a long time and we want to get back to number one and make every post a winner.

“We have to do what we do well and if we do that then I think we’ll be good enough.”

liaqat@khaleejtimes.com


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