Bailey defends Cummins seletion
Australia Twenty20 captain backs his decision to have Pat Cummins bowl the Super Over
Pat Cummins nearly won the match with the bat before bowling the Super Over that Pakistan scored 12 runs off.
Australia Twenty20 skipper George Bailey had no regrets over his decision to choose pace bowler Pat Cummins for the Super Over in Friday's T20I defeat to Pakistan in Dubai.
After a dramatic tie, Pakistan reached their Super Over target of 12 from the final ball thanks to Umar Akmal and Abdul Razzaq. A wide off what should have been the last delivery meant Akmal could then hit the extra ball to cover and run through to clinch a dramatic encounter.
Despite Pakistan's victory the Aussie captain believes he made the correct bowling choice under the circumstances. "We thought they (Pakistan) were going to go with the Akmals (as their batsmen)," Bailey said. "My personal feelings are that they prefer the ball fuller rather than shorter and I thought Patty's change-ups and his extra pace could cause more troubles.
"If you win that game then it's the right bowler."
Cummins almost won the match with the bat when he struck the penultimate ball for six but was then caught off the final delivery when he needed just a single.
Australia could at least take solace in the fact they put up a much better performance than during the opening T20I on Wednesday, in which they were thumped by seven wickets.
"I think whenever there's a game that close you always run through your mind the different things you could have done, while we were fielding and also while we were batting and then even in the Super Over," Bailey said. "It raises a lot of what-ifs but in terms of comparing that game to the other night we can obviously take a lot more positives out of it."
Australia have the chance to claim a consolation victory in the third and final T20I on Monday at the same venue.