Friday, October 18, 2013

Australian cricket team captain George Bailey although was completely lost after the team’s defeat at Jaipur - when Indian team made a stupendous chase – but has regained his confidence that his team will bounce back in their forthcoming face off at Mohali, near Chandigarh, scheduled for Saturday.

On 17th Oct India successfully did one of the most challenging run chase in the history (360 runs) at the 2nd ODI at Jaipur and stunned the visitors levelling the result to 1-1 in the current seven match ODI series,  making the 3rd ODI at Mohali a crucial one. Of course the Australian team will make bid to come back strongly to maintain their morale, but the Dhoni’s young boys are definitely going to use their newly gained dose of confidence from their previous match.

Australian captain Bailey is yet to come out of their previous shock and said he is still quite "surprised" at the way the Indians chased down a mammoth total of 362 the other night but he would back his bowlers. "Personally, I like to back the group we have," the 31-year-old right-hander told a pre-match press conference at the PCA stadium. "I want to give them chance that they can get on top of that Indian batting line-up," he added.

Asked if he had spoken to his bowlers after the Jaipur debacle, Bailey replied, "Absolutely we spoke [after the Jaipur game] and we speak after every game whether we win or lose, we always go through and dissect and have a look at what we could do differently. This game [in Jaipur] is no different," he said.

Bailey lauded his team's batsmen and said their performance is a massive plus for the visitors. "I certainly think we have batted quite well. I would never go as far as saying that we have got the measure of the bowlers. I think the wickets we have played on have been very very good batting wickets and it has been challenging for the bowlers on all of those pitches.

"So it is probably more the conditions are in favour of the batsmen rather than anyone having the measure of the other one," he explained. Talking about team strategy, Bailey said all-rounder Shane Watson would be persisted with in the number three slot. "At the moment, it is working well for us, I don't see any reason of change. He has put the Indian spinners on the back-foot, that is really important for us," he said.

He continues as "[But] that is the beauty of the game, that is what makes touring India such a challenge, that's what makes India comes to Australia such a challenge for them... that's the game, it is fantastic. It would be boring if every wicket was the same, it would be boring if every wicket was flat, it would be boring if every wicket was the same for the spinners,".

About the Mohali track Bailey said that "It looks like it's got a little bit of more grass on it, whether that comes off in the next 24 hours, I am not sure about that...there is little bit of more life than the Jaipur wicket. The ground looks like a bit bigger, but I haven't had a look at any of the past scores or anything like that, so I don't know what to expect,".

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