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Pakistan try to put Australia fall out behind them

James Fiztpatrick | cricket20

Pakistan Twenty20 skipper Shoaib Malik has said it is time to draw a line under Pakistan's disastrous tour of Australia and look forward to the Twenty20 World Cup.

Speaking to the press ahead of next weekends two Twenty20 games against England at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium Malik said the tour is now a part of history.

"We didn’t play well but it’s history now" said Malik who is standing in for Shahid Afridi who is suspended from Fridays games after being found guilty of ball tampering during the tour to Australia.

"When you lose things always come up but you always learn from your mistakes, we’ve had meetings and talked about what we did in Australia and we’ve learnt from our mistakes" he said.

"Whatever’s happened is for the betterment of Pakistan cricket and I’m sure it will help the Pakistan team and players."

"But that is history now, we’re looking forward to these two matches and I just want to concentrate on my cricket now" he added.

England Twenty20 skipper Paul Collingwood meanwhile was looking forward to the challenge of playing the World Champions as England use these two games tweak their batting line up ahead of the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies.

"Pakistan are dangerous, it is as simple as that" he said. "Whenever you come to play Pakistan they are a difficult side to beat."

"Pakistan are very strong in Twenty20 cricket and we are going to have to be right on our game to beat them."

"It might be a good time to play them (after the tour of Australia) but you never know what you are going to get on the day so it is literally about us concentrating on our own game,” he added.

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