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Preview: Pakistan worry batting, Australia spin as one-day series starts

Pakistan will be looking for bigger totals while Australia will worry spin attack as the first of three one-day internationals will be played in Sharjahon Tuesday.

The misfiring Pakistani batsmen once again responsible for an embarrassing six wicket defeat at the hands of Australia in Dubai on Sunday but captain Misbah-ul Haq hoped the Twenty20 game was behind his team.

"I think Sunday's game is behind us now, its a new series, ODIs and we start it as a new game. Obviously you learn from your mistakes and try to remove them quickly and that's what we are going to do on Tuesday," said Misbah at the Haier Trophy unveiling on Monday.

Pakistan finished with 96-9 in the one-off Twenty20 match -- their fifth lowest in the shortest fomrat -- and Misbah believed it will only give his spinners a chance if the batsmen put up a decent total on the board.

"We need to bat well against their bowlers to give our spinners a chance to attack and we must put behind the performance of Sunday behind us and we are capable of doing that," said Misbah.

Pakistan will be without ace spinner Saeed Ajmal, suspended from international cricket last month over illegal bowling action. They will also miss two-in-one Mohammad Hafeez who so unfortunately injured his left hand in a practice game on Saturday.

Misbah believed it was time to move on from Ajmal's blow.

"It's really difficult to fill in for Ajmal because he has been number one or two in the ODIs rankings for the last 3-4 years but if Saeed is not there we must try to fill his gap and you have to move forward and we have bowlers who can come into thing and fill the gap but it was pleasing to see Raza Hasan bowl inSunday and we hope he will come good in ODIs," said Misbah.

Hasan, who replaced Ajmal in the squad, took 2-17 in his four overs as Pakistan made the small target tough for Australia on Sunday. Pakistan will also have left-armer Zulfiqar Babar at their call if they want to attack the Aussies with spin.

But Misbah said it will be a balanced attack.

Misbah also hoped Pakistan will forget the disappointing loss in Sri Lanka in August.

"Obviously when you start a new series you think positive and try to put up good hard work with sensible thinking. Its hard cricket and the Sri Lanka series is past now, its gone. Now is a good chance for us to show what we can do," said Misbah.

"We cannot entirely depend on spin alone, we have Irfan who is bowling well, Wahab is doing well and we normally use five bowlers with the right balance," said Misbah.

Australia will be without their regular ODI captain Michael Clarke who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. They also lost ace allrounder Shane Watson through ankle injury and his replacement Mitchell Marsh was also ruled out of the tour with a hamstring injury.

Stand-in captain George Bailey said Pakistan will be extra motivated to overcome Ajmal's loss.

""There's no doubt he's been very important to Pakistan," said Bailey of Ajmal. "Pakistan will be trying to to prove they don't rely too much on Saeed Ajmal.It will pose different challenges," said Bailey

The Australian captain admitted it will be a challenge to counter Pakistan's spin attack.
"Teams can be prone to put more spin into their wickets when they know we're coming, given the way we've played it over the years, so that's just something we're continually trying to get better at," said Bailey.

Bailey admitted it will be a tough challeneg.

"I imagine Pakistan would be disappointed with the way they batted last night (Sunday) so I imagine they will come back particularly hard. It is a different format so as a one-day team we're not going to read too much into what happened last night, so we are expecting a tough game," said Bailey.

Pakistan have not beaten Australia in a one-day series since their 2-1 away win in 2002. They have lost three one-days series against Australia in a row since 2009.

Teams (from):

Pakistan: Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Ahmed Shahzad, Sami Aslam, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Umar Amin, Asad Shafiq, Sohaib Maqsood, Sarfraz Ahmed, Shahid Afridi, Raza Hasan, Mohammad Irfan, Anwar Ali, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Zulfiqar Babar.

Australia: George Bailey (capt), David Warner, Aaron Finch, Steven Smith, Phil Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Brad Haddin, James Faulkner, Sean Abbott, Kane Richardson, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.

Umpires: Richard Illingworth (ENG) and Ahsan Raza (PAK)

Tv umpire: Nigel Llong (ENG)

Match referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

First ODI pre-match media conference (English)