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Bailey backs pace attack

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 3:57PM AEST | by Omnisport

Captain George Bailey has backed Australia's fast bowlers to make an impact in Tuesday's ICC World Twenty20 Super Eight clash with Pakistan.

Pakistan overcame Australia 2-1 at a recent T20 series in the United Arab Emirates, though were bowled out for just 74 in the third and final match, with seamers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins claiming three wickets each.

"We saw in the UAE our fast bowlers can certainly shake them up," Bailey said.

"If we can take a few early wickets and put their middle-order under pressure, I think that's a way we can make them crumble."

The undefeated Aussies have all but secured a semi-final berth, having already accounted for India and South Africa in the Super Eight stage.P

akistan must win in Colombo to ensure the best chance of advancing to the last four, although they will not know their fate until India play South Africa later on Tuesday.

Bailey said nullifying Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal would also be crucial to success.

"He's one that you know you might not be able to take for as many runs as you'd like to," Bailey said.

"But if you can keep him out of the game in terms of wickets, it can put some of their other bowlers under pressure."

Bailey added that he expects the worn pitch at Premadasa Stadium, where Australia have played all of their games, to suit the Pakistani attack.

"They're full of match winners. Their spin bowling is very strong," Bailey said..

"It's going to be a really tough game and coming at the back end of this tournament the wickets will probably start to play more in their favour."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 02 October, 2012 8:32AM AEST

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