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Sunday , September 9 , 2012
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Rankings bemuse Bailey

Dubai: Australia captain George Bailey was left scratching his head as to how his side was now ranked below Ireland in the Twenty20 rankings after their super over defeat in the second Twenty20 international against Pakistan.

Bailey, however, questioned the rankings system in which minnows Ireland are a place above them.

“That does not look good but I am still not sure how the rankings work,” said Bailey of the Twenty20 rankings introduced last year and currently topped by South Africa.

“So Ireland goes past us when we haven’t played Ireland in a T20. If Ireland is a better side than us then I guess it will show in a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka,” said Bailey of the World Twenty20 championship starting on September 18.

Australia are in Group B of the 12-team competition and open their campaign against Ireland in Colombo on September 19.

Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeez, whose team jumped to fourth from sixth in the Twenty20 rankings, said victory will give his team more confidence.

“It’s a great sign as captain. I am happy in the way players are responding to me as captain. Everyone is confident and this is a great sign for the team ahead of the World Twenty20,” said Hafeez.

“As captain I feel very proud of my team and I hope from here on they will continue also in the mega event,” said Hafeez of the World Twenty20 in which Pakistan are in Group D along with New Zealand and Bangladesh.


1. South Africa; 2. England; 3. Sri Lanka; 4. Pakistan; 5. India; 6. West Indies; 7. New Zealand; 8. Bangladesh; 9. Ireland; 10. Australia