Sydney: Nathan Bracken, who is regarded as the limited-over game"s best bowler, is ready for what he describes as cricket"s most nerve-racking job, bowling at the death of a Twenty20 World Cup match.
Bracken said the new format provided even greater challenges to all bowlers because more players had Indian Premier League experience.
“It is harder. No one is going to go out and bowl six yorkers in an over because the batsmen have developed and fine-tuned their 'lap" (reverse) shots. Guys like Jacob Oram and Albie Morkel have their shots. So it is important not to make a mistake, not to miss the mark. I enjoy the challenge. It"s what I do, but it is hard," he said.
Australia has drawn the toughest of the four pools by being pitted against the West Indies and Sri Lanka", he added.
“It is going to be tough," Bracken said of trying to take the crown from defending champions India.
“Sri Lanka has a 60 per cent win rate, while Pakistan"s is incredible … it is up around 75 per cent … so it won"t be easy. No one should be considered an easy team; we"ve lost to Zimbabwe in T20 before," Bracken said.
Bracken said the recent one-day series in South Africa and then in the Middle East against Pakistan was testing, but he"d learned plenty.