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Oz treating World T20 with more respect

Australia have struggled to come to terms with the demands of Twenty20 cricket but are taking steps to ensure they will not be embarrassed again in the West Indies.

cricket Updated: Apr 26, 2010 00:18 IST

Australia have struggled to come to terms with the demands of Twenty20 cricket but are taking steps to ensure they will not be embarrassed again in the West Indies.

The Australians were dumped from last year’s World Twenty20 in England in three days after chastening defeats by the West Indies and Sri Lanka and they were soundly beaten by India in the 2007 semi-final.

But there are signs the Aussies, under new skipper Michael Clarke, are finally coming to terms with cricket’s shortest format.

They have won four of their five T20 internationals this year and are heading to the Caribbean confident of finally coming to grips with cricket’s immensely-popular hybrid.

“This time around with Australia, we’re actually respecting the game of Twenty20 a lot more,” wicketkeeper Brad Haddin said.

“Last time we went to the World Cup (in England) there was a lot of focus when we went over there for the Ashes. But this time we’re going to the West Indies with our sole focus being the World Twenty20.

“And the way it is at the moment, it’s taking over the world so you’ve got to show the game the respect it deserves.”