Australia in India 2013-14

Bailey has settled well as leader - Maxwell

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October 21, 2013

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George Bailey plays a lofted shot down the ground, India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Jaipur, October 16, 2013
Apart from leading Australia to two victories in the ODI series in India, George Bailey is also their highest run-scorer © BCCI
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Australia allrounder Glenn Maxwell has praised his captain George Bailey for being an upbeat and consistent leader, and said that he has settled into Michael Clarke's role at the helm quickly.

Bailey, Australia's T20 captain, stepped in as the ODI leader for the tour of India after Clarke was ruled out due to a chronic back problem. The selectors had wanted Clarke to recover in time for the upcoming Ashes. Bailey had captained Australia in the bilateral ODI series against Sri Lanka earlier this year and the recent Champions Trophy.

"George has obviously been an excellent captain for Tasmania back home and he's done very well," Maxwell said. "He's won tournaments for them and he's brought that straight into Australia. He's a very confident captain. He's always very upbeat out in the field. He's good to talk to with the bowlers. He's very calm. And especially when he's making runs, he's been such a consistent performer over the last 18 months.

"It's great to have him doing well at the top and being one of our best performers, not just our skipper. He's been brilliant for the group and has really settled into Pup's [Clarke] shoes quickly. As much as we're going to welcome Pup back, it's been great to have Bails as skipper for this series."

In the series against India, Bailey has emerged as the highest run-scorer for Australia after three matches, scoring 220 runs at an average of 110. His unbeaten 92 in the second ODI in Jaipur helped Australia amass 359 for 5, although they were beaten by India in that game.

Australia's innings in the second ODI was also the first instance of the top five batsmen in a side scoring half-centuries. Australia have put up 300+ scores in all three ODIs so far, but none of their batsmen have managed a century, compared to the three scored by Indian batsmen. Maxwell did not express concern over the statistic and stressed that it was an example of how well the team was playing as a unit.

"Even though no one has got a hundred yet, everyone has played pretty well," he said. "All the batters are in good form and have scored runs through the series. It's not a big concern. The guys obviously want to post three figures but even if they're not, and we're getting the job done, I think we're very happy with the way we're going. The game when we had 360 chased down, no one made 100. Our top five made fifties and that's the first time in cricket history that's happened. I don't think we're too worried about the triple-figure scores, as long as we keep getting over that 300 barrier and keep posting big totals."

Maxwell has had a quiet series so far, scoring 87 runs in three matches at an average of 29, but said he had improved as a batsman following a successful tour of South Africa as part of the A team in July this year. In two unofficial Tests, Maxwell scored 172 runs at an average of 57.33, finishing as the third-highest run-scorer for Australia behind David Warner and Nic Maddinson. In the List A tri-series against India A and South Africa A, Maxwell scored 256 runs in five matches at an average of 64, finishing third among the run-scorers. The tour, he said, had given him a chance to work on his batting for an extended period.

"I think playing in South Africa for the A series over there helped my game a lot," Maxwell said. "We started off with a couple of four-dayers and I really worked hard on my game. The wickets were pretty favourable for batting, so it was good to spend a bit of time in the middle. Over the last couple of years, I haven't really spent a whole lot of time in the middle. I've gone in when we've needed to tee off at the end and play different roles. It was nice to work on my batting over there for an extended period of time."

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Posted by gyanesh.dan on (October 25, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

how good has been Bailey's form can be ascertained from the fact that in his last seven innings he has scored - 82, 87, 4, 85, 92*, 43 and 98....

Posted by   on (October 25, 2013, 2:20 GMT)

i would keep Bailey and Maxwell in the odi squad and the T20's, as for test level I just wanna see how they do when they start playing the longer version for there respective states, both players have a huge amount of talent, if they some how turn there odi form and bring it to the longer format then were gonna see some good things happen this summer, D Lehmann and McDerrmott are gonna make this unit into a well drilled team.

Posted by Sir_Ivor on (October 24, 2013, 6:05 GMT)

Frankly speaking I think George Bailey should captain Australia in the Ashes. he is a good batsman and fielder and brings about a freshness to captaincy that Australia needs very much. Clarke has lost the plot and will be better off only as a player.I think the players will work better under George.

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (October 24, 2013, 6:03 GMT)

@PrasPunter I have been following your comments and you never surprise me.

Posted by PrasPunter on (October 23, 2013, 5:55 GMT)

@Marcio, the indians would hate almost anything and everything. why would we really care about what their likes and dislikes ? I dont like to see a meek , humble but losing captain on any day. Being aggressive is the Australian way and it has been working for us for ages. If indians have a problem, they so be it.

Posted by Chris_P on (October 23, 2013, 5:04 GMT)

@ landl47. Sorry for the late response. Now re: George Bailey, I can't really pin one thing, he looks and is well organized when he bats, I see him once a year in first class, and on a track favouring bowlers, he has never got a decent score at the SCG. He appears to have a very solid technique but never seems to get that extra luck that some batsmen always gain. With his modest record, no matter how well he goes in ODI's he simply hasn't performed on the fc stage to warrant a call up when there are so many others who have. I am not sure if there is anyone in the UK who is similar you can compare with? But I agree, if he performs and gets a few runs in his time with Tasmania, he is worth consideration,if for nothing else, he has a solid technique and may step up at the next level.

Posted by Marcio on (October 23, 2013, 1:57 GMT)

@Little_Aussie_Battle, to suggest that Australia has started firing because Bailey is there defies reality. Clarke just led Australia to a 2-1 result over England on ODIs, and here the scoreline is also 2-1 to Australia. How is one better than the other? In fact, if not for Faulkner's cameo 3 overs from the end of the last game, we'd all be cursing Bailey for the dropped catch off Dhoni's bat, which cost us 30+ runs. Actually, I have come to like Bailey, despite initial reservations. He seems to deliver when needed. However, he does seem a bit "Guy Smiley" for a captain. But that seems to be the image CA wants to put over, ever since the Indians took to hating Ponting and his aggressive style.

Posted by micklem on (October 22, 2013, 20:45 GMT)

@ ReverseSweepIndia:I don't commented that any team is miles ahead here,Only stated overall Aus a better team.

Posted by Ragav999 on (October 22, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

For all those people talking about George Bailey's average in first class cricket, Michael Clarke's first class average when he made his test debut was around 40. That did not stop him being treated as the "future skipper".

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