Bailey defends Cummins decision

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Pat Cummins bowled Australia's super over in their Twenty20 loss to Pakistan

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Pat Cummins bowled Australia's super over in their Twenty20 loss to Pakistan

Captain George Bailey has defended his selection of Pat Cummins as Australia's super over bowler in their one-run loss to Pakistan.

After the second Twenty20 match in Dubai was tied with both sides scoring 151 from their 20 overs, each team was given one over to decide the game. After Australia scored 11 runs in their super over, Cummins - who had earlier hit a six to tie the match - sent down a host of short deliveries and a wide as Pakistan scored 12 to win the match.

But Bailey defended his young paceman after the loss and admitted he was surprised by Pakistan's selection of Abdul Razzaq to partner Umar Akmal in the extra over.

"We thought they were going to go with the Akmals (Umar and brother Kamran)," 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."

Bailey added with such fine margins between success and failure, it would be unfair to blame Cummins for the defeat.

"If you win that game then it's the right bowler," Bailey said.

Friday's tight victory handed Pakistan the overall series triumph 2-0, with a third match to come.

Bailey's team slipped below upcoming World Twenty20 opponents Ireland to 10th in the T20 rankings and Australia's captain has conceded it is a bad signal to send prior to the tournament.

"It doesn't look very good," Bailey said. "I'm still not sure how the rankings work. So Ireland go past us tonight... I'm not sure if we've ever played Ireland in a T20, make of that what you will.

"If Ireland are a better side than us I guess they'll show it in a couple of weeks in Sri Lanka."

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