Whatmore reckons that the heat will take its toll on the Australians throughout the series
Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore believes the United Arab Emirates late night heat will greatly challenge the Australian players since they have no real experience playing in these kind of conditions.
The Australian players all looked to be drained after their first ODI against Pakistan, which Australia won by four wickets, due to the heat, humidity and the irregular match time.
Even after their one-off ODI against Afghanistan Australia captain Michael Clarke admitted that his team were fatigued due to the blistering heat.
“The opposition are licking their wounds a little bit from recent performances (Australia had a 4-0 loss to England last month). They’ve had some injuries (to vice-captain Shane Watson) and they’ve had a retirement (Brett Lee), they’ve had results not go their way, so we’re hoping to continue that form. But we’re also aware that they can come back pretty sharply and pretty hard to try to reverse that trend. They’ve got a little bit of inexperience,” Whatmore said.
Even though many of the Australian players have experienced the heat and humidity of India, Whatmore believes that this is on a different level altogether.
“It’s okay to say that they have had some experience in these conditions. A lot of the (Australian) boys have played in India in the IPL. They’ve experienced the heat. (But) 50-over matches is a little bit different to 20-over games. It’ll be a test – there’s no question about the heat,” Whatmore added.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Pakistan vice-captain Mohammad Hafeez stated that both teams will have a hard time adjusting to the 2am finishes.
“As professionals, we are ready to play and, although the timings are odd…we will manage,” Hafeez said.
Pakistan, who have left out veteran pace bowler Umar Gul and batsman Younis Khan, have been on a losing streak as of late, as they have lost their past two series against England and Sri Lanka.