From ball one Pakistan played the Dubai conditions exactly right. Many criticised the defensive mindset of the hosts top order batsmen, but it proved to be the ultimate victory as Australia was crushed by 221 runs.
While a few players in the Champions Trophy squad will not be participating in the coveted test series, a fair majority of the team will have several matches to adjust to both the playing and weather conditions in England. Perhaps not outright favourites for the Ashes, Australia still boasts a very good one day record at the tournament, and will be looking to secure another piece of silverware.
The Australian Crime Commission (ACC) released a report in February that had taken 12 months to compile regarding the state of Australian sport. Instead of outlining possible solutions to help reduce the drugs, match-fixing and other illicit goings on, the fans and sporting public (on the majority) only got details of situations previous.
The first game of Test cricket was played in March 1877, between Australia and England. Charles Bannerman scored the first ever Test century-165 not out-and Australia won that game by 45 runs. (The first international match was played between Canada and the United States in 1844)
Australia’s Super Eight victory against South Africa leaves one more task-Pakistan, tomorrow night at 8pm AEST. With Shane Watson in scintillating form (234 runs at 78.00) topping both the batting and bowling lists, Australia, ranked 9th coming into the tournament, now sit as possible favourites to take out the trophy.