Australia in India 2013-14 October 21, 2013

Bailey has settled well as leader - Maxwell

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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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  • on October 22, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Bailey has proved himself as a best skipper and a wonderful player in much needed condition...If I compare him and his character/attitude with any captains of other countries it will be injustice to him...well in a short period, he has become my best batsman among current international batters....Even If Cricket Australia handled him pup's role permanently in all formats, I won't be shocked.....Baileys cool captaincy and smiling face in Any situation of the game has made so many people it love him....CA must have to think about him to keep in test squad as well...If honesty is evaluated,than CA must have to give in a chance to play Ashes this summer....Bailey is best.....

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 24, 2013, 6:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • on October 22, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    Bailey has proved himself as a best skipper and a wonderful player in much needed condition...If I compare him and his character/attitude with any captains of other countries it will be injustice to him...well in a short period, he has become my best batsman among current international batters....Even If Cricket Australia handled him pup's role permanently in all formats, I won't be shocked.....Baileys cool captaincy and smiling face in Any situation of the game has made so many people it love him....CA must have to think about him to keep in test squad as well...If honesty is evaluated,than CA must have to give in a chance to play Ashes this summer....Bailey is best.....

  • 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....

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 24, 2013, 6:03 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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".

  • EnglishCricket on October 22, 2013, 16:31 GMT

    lool!! Maxwell is no all-rounder. Stats don't even back that up.

  • PrasPunter on October 22, 2013, 14:04 GMT

    @ScottStevo , you have recollected "that" test and I am at pains to recount how it ended. So near yet so far. Hope we do well to get over the line this summer.

  • landl47 on October 22, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    @Mitty: thanks for your response. While I understand that wickets in Australia have got tougher for batsmen over the last couple of years and that Tassie in particular is a lively pitch, Bailey is 31 and has been around since pitches were much friendlier. To have a career average under 40 seems strange given that he looks a technically correct bat.

    However, there are players who need the big occasion to play their best. Paul Collingwood for England has a very modest FC average but a test average over 40 and 10 test centuries. Maybe Bailey is one of that rare breed. He's certainly done the business since he came into Australia's shorter-format sides.

  • ScottStevo on October 22, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    @Mitty2, and let's not forget the way Cook was scratching his head, flummoxed, whilst doing absolutely nothing when Aus were 9 down and honing in on victory in the first test! In fact, in that last Ashes, if you'd told me Cook wasn't there, I'd probably believe you, such were his contributions to the series. As for Bailey, it's easy to see why there are those who'd have selected him within our test side. I'd have gone close to playing him in our last Ashes campaign. He looks sound techinically and has shown that he's capable of building an innings, even though in ODI. But it's the way in which he performs when the team is under pressure, his determination and level head during such times that, for me, is his greatest strength . Something which our batting line up has sorely missed - a little coolness under pressure to deflate a situation when it arises. Stats are one thing, but they shouldn't be the only measure in selecting a player/team...

  • izzidole on October 22, 2013, 12:48 GMT

    I don't think George Bailey is a good captain as he keeps smiling the whole time and doesn't seem to have the killer instinct to put fear into the opposition. No doubt he is a good batsman and contributes consistently when compared to senior players like Watson and Haddin who keep failing despite all their experience. If Michael Clarke is not fit to play in the ashes probably the selectors may have to turn to Bailey to captain the side. I don't think he is quite ready for the longer version of the game as evidenced in the ODI's with his field placings where the Indian batsmen were able to score easy runs and fielders were not well positioned to take the catches as in the second ODI where we lost the game after scoring 359 runs. That was sheer proof as India lost only one wicket in the process. Presently I don't think there's anybody who is suitable for the role other than Brad Haddin.

  • CricketMaan on October 22, 2013, 12:46 GMT

    Oh Maxi, just wait for season 2, that is when cricket whizkids are generally sorted out and one that survives is the one that will have a long run! Good luck to you coz you certainly are an exiting cricketer to watch!

  • on October 22, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    enjoyed faulker 30 runs against ishant sharma..

  • Mitty2 on October 22, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    @FFL, if that's true, then what does that make Cook? You must have missed the last Ashes, where Clarke constantly won against Cook in not only the batting, but strategically and tactically. The man who likes to resort to having 10 men on the fence against NZ and Aus (two teams you incidentally call minnows) would have to be the worst captain in history in all grades of cricket if Clarke is one of Australia's worst captains.

  • Mitty2 on October 22, 2013, 8:58 GMT

    @landl47, even though you're asking another, the most common reason for Bailey's under 20 average last years given is due to the greenness of the bellerive pitch. However, the whole of last year the pitch played slow and low. When SL played there, even Dilshan (flat track bully if there ever was one) was able to score a century and in the Shield final the pitch was in such a way that it would've taken 10 days to get a result. However, strike rates were generally low at Hobart because of the unevenness of the pitch and maybe that could be a reason.

    Technically, Bailey is completely fine and compact (except for the occasional waft outside off stump which everyone does), and so the other reason maybe the horrible scheduling which affected all batsmen. The BBL, Ryobi Cup matches straight after/before Shield matches; the scheduling does not allow for any player to get fluency and consistency. I'd say that's the biggest reason.

    Bailey has to play at the Gabba.

  • UchihaItachi on October 22, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    I agree that bailey has done really well. But, lets assess a situation and how he has played. He has struggled against genuine good spin bowling from jadeja. Most of bailey's runs have come from short balls which indians have given in plentiful. So luxuriant in short balls are the indians. Very generous to give them all of it. But bailey deserves credit for latching on to it. Another thing with bailey is his play against pace bowling has been incredibly good but he played spin very poorly. even good length and fuller balls were cut for four. Hee was a bit ucky there. But, yes his captaincy has been quite good especially in the first match. The other two were quite poor i must say. letting india chase 359 is not something a good captain wud let. And the last match, must admit that aussies got a bit lucky there. I appreciate baileys character though...he has been the best of the lot. All the best to both captains, lets see who wins

  • ReverseSweepIndia on October 22, 2013, 6:05 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, that was a pretty much arrogant comment. And no, I am not an Australian to say this. In fact I do not agree with your and @micklemn comment that one team being miles better than other. Both team are closely matched and each one have its own strength. We are better (just better, not miles better holding the candle kind of) in batting, Aus are better (real better, just your kind holding the candle kind of better, inh fact Ireland would be much better in this department than us) in bowling. But we can have one up here, because we haven't even presented one decent spin track yet in the series. In calls for 7-0 result in start, I had repeatedly said that series result will be 4-3 either way and its looking to going same way. On side note, Baily is going to take a bagful of respect of Indian fans. And this man has cool head, he need to get a shot for Ashes squad. Hi didn't had very good List A record, he is not doing bad, is he? Why not Tests too?

  • on October 22, 2013, 6:04 GMT

    Why not. Any captain can be successful when the opposition has likes of Two Sharma's Ishant & Rohit..

  • Thegimp on October 22, 2013, 6:03 GMT

    I've been impressed with Bailey. Maybe he is one of those rare birds that needs the stakes to be higher to bring out his best. He seems to flourish when his team is in a fix. Maybe throughout the domestic series Tasmania weren't tested enough.

  • abyrao on October 22, 2013, 4:09 GMT

    Yes indeed he is a good captain, but to make him best he has a man of the match, a lethal weapon a great fast bowler under his armory that's his excellency Ishant Sharma!!!!!

  • popcorn on October 22, 2013, 3:57 GMT

    George Bailey's elevation to Captaincy of the ODI Team and T20 Team is no fluke.I am happy that our Selectors have been touring the Sheffield Shield 4 day Games and and Ryobi Cup One Dayers.That's how George Bailey' Captaincy of Tassie and their Sheffield Shield and One Day Titles have happened.

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    my Ashes would be

    1. Shaun Marsh 2. Jordan Silk 3.Shane Watson 4. Micheal Clarke 5.George Bailey 6.Tim Paine(WK) 7.Tom Cooper/Rob Quiney 8. Pattinson 9 Starc 10. Nathon Lyon 11.Ryan Harris

  • Someguy on October 22, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    @Cameron D Skirving - Bailey is a very good captain, and being from NSW I don't think there are many here that would argue that point. Bailey's batting at state level has unfortunately never been good enough to demand a place in the national side. Now with a few injuries, players out of form and a general lack of competition for spots he is really standing up and proving he can take it to that next level.

    With a first class average of only 38, it might be a bit of a risk, but I wouldn't mind seeing him in the test team. He would add a bit of experience and leadership, and if he can carry his ODI form (where his career average is 51+), he could certainly be an asset to the Test team.

    As for Pontings captaincy, he was a good leader of men, but a fairly ordinary tactician. From all the rumours it sounds like Clarke is the exact opposite. Bailey seems to be the best of both worlds and would make an excellent choice for VC in the test team if he can perform with the bat.

  • RDLikesCricket on October 22, 2013, 3:28 GMT

    Bailey has been batting well in the shorter formats, but can he be given a chance in the test squad? maybe ahead of Phil Hughes?? Not sure... but he seems a pretty calm cricketer. Can he be like Mike Hussey? But he is already 31 and even if he gets a chance in Tests maybe he is good to be around for 3-4 yrs.... Not sure if Aaron Finch is a good prospect for Tests, but his First class avg is lesser than that of Bailey's. As a neutral fan of Aussie cricket Im impressed with these 2 fellows... hoping to see them play long... Good luck...

  • on October 22, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm has a good point here. Clarke is our premier batsmen but really we need him more as a test player. Bailey should become our One Day leader even if clarke plays. Give clarke a break in the One Days game.

    Bailey i think deserves his chance in the test team. The way he adapts to International cricket is what we need for the test team. He has leadership skills needed and probably required given clarke's back problems. I'd like to see him slot in as the 6th batsmen and given time. I really hope he plays a few first class games and makes a few scores. Rogers,Warner,Watson,Clarke,Smith,Bailey,Haddin is good order imo.

  • Little_Aussie_Battler on October 22, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    Just a coincidence that while Pup Clarke is off crook that the Aussie team begins firing?

    Clarkey may be a good bat, but he leaves a lot to be desired in his captaincy skills.

    If we lose the Ashes this summer Clarke must be stood down as skipper. Enough is enough!

  • OneEyedAussie on October 22, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    I am very glad to admit that I was wrong about George Bailey. Here's hoping that this silly series in India doesn't interfere too much with his domestic FC duties so he has a decent shot at proving himself fit for the Ashes.

  • Clavers on October 22, 2013, 1:20 GMT

    Bailey's first-class average for Tasmania last season was very disappointing at around 18, as many have pointed out. But his team did very well. I wonder whether it might have been a case of him focusing on his captaincy role and the team performance at the expense of his individual performance as a batsman.

  • siddhartha87 on October 22, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Bailey should feature in Ashes down under. He got great temperament.

  • Clavers on October 22, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    It is madness that Australia have not taken any of their three leading test spinners Lyon, Agar or Smith on this tour of India. How can they ever expect to beat India (or Sri Lanka or Pakistan) at home if they don't take such opportunities to develop their spinners?

  • landl47 on October 22, 2013, 0:49 GMT

    @Chris_p: I haven't seen George Bailey play much first-class cricket. He looks to me as though he is a well-organized player who ought to be a good long-format batsman. However, as you say, his record in FC cricket is modest, especially recently. What are your thoughts on why this is? It's easy to see why players like Finch and Eoin Morgan aren't great FC batsmen, but Bailey doesn't seem to have their technical issues.

    I'd be interested in your opinion.

  • Skittled on October 22, 2013, 0:14 GMT

    @Alexk400, so what you are saying is the other players are playing well because Bailey is weak and that's why they are winning..... except Bailey is averaging 110 and has scored the most runs in the series, hence your entire comment is nonsensical.

  • dunger.bob on October 21, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I agree that they should bite the bullet and make George the official captain of the ODI side. I can't see how keeping Clarke around helps anybody. It doesn't help pup because of the injury risk and it can't help the rest of the team to know that their captain is liable to pull up lame at any old tick of the clock.

    Clarke is far and away our best Test batsman and it's Test cricket he should be putting all his time and talent into. It really is a case of "Precious Pup" when you're talking about Tests, but he is not so crucial to our prospects in the short formats. We can, and do, get by without him in the ODI side so do us all a favour selectors and lets keep it that way.

    George will be fine. He's got a cool head and has the respect of his players. He seems to have tactical nous and can bat under pressure. Sounds good to me, let's keep him.

  • wellrounded87 on October 21, 2013, 23:37 GMT

    I like Bailey, i was a detractor at first but he has definitely won me over. One thing i don't like though is hearing the claims for a test call up for Bailey and even Finch.

    Limited overs cricket is a completely different game then test. The bowling is different, the ball is different the strategies are different the technique is different and the fields are different. Picking someone for tests based on their limited overs form is like picked a 10,000 meter runner based on his performances over 200 and 400. It's ridiculous. Bailey has a mediocre record at first class level, it'd be much better to look at guys like Klinger or Cosgrove. And Finch's first class career is so poor he was dropped from his state team.

  • TheBigBoodha on October 21, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    @ Behind_the_bowlers_arm, clearly Clarke would replace Voges in the ideal team. Voges is not a boundary hitter, whereas Clarke can hit plenty. Voges is good on tough wickets, but hinders the team in high scoring matches and friendly batting conditions.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 21, 2013, 23:04 GMT

    @micklemn: Your comment is nothing but a bunch of contradictions. FYI, India are not no.1 in ODIs without a good reason. Just look at the batting India has. Australia can NEVER hold a candle to that famed line up. Australia are just average overall. The only reason they are 2-1 ahead in this series is cause of India's miserable bowling. Hopefully, India will sort their problems before the next game. Things will get tougher for the Aussies here on in.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on October 21, 2013, 23:01 GMT

    Bailey is such a nice guy never stops smiling! I was skeptical about him in his early days of Australia but now he seems to playing brilliantly and at high strike rates. Looks like Clarke should captain the test squad only as Bailey has been a great captain.

  • Naresh28 on October 21, 2013, 21:52 GMT

    Its welcome news for Oz that Bailey has stepped up as a potential leader. Clarke battling back problems is hindering Oz cricket development.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 21, 2013, 21:34 GMT

    All of the buzz is suggesting that George Bailey will play in the test side. If Michael Clarke is ruled out through injury, I think one of Aaron Finch or Adam Voges will play too.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 21, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    Strategic ability has never been the strongpoint of most Australian captains. Ponting could throw the ball to Warne and Mcgrath, usually right afterhe'd thrown his toys out of the pram and had a long argument with the umpires, and the less said abouts Clarke's leadership of the team (who and it has to be said is one of the worst leaders of an Australian cricket team in it's history) the better. Bailey is young and chirpy and should be given a test spot asap so he can take over from Clarke at the end of the next Ashes.

  • on October 21, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    I don't see how anyone can say that Bailey is not a good captain. unless of course its NSW Bias as has often been the case. I remember not long ago a certain Tasmanian by the name of Ricky Ponting was hated as a captain. Aside from the last two years of his captain, Ponting had an impeccable record. The best thing about Bailey is upbeat positive approach (which is needed at this time) and the way he has lead from the front with his batting. Alex400 I don't know what planet you are from . But blind freddy can see how bailey's upbeat approach is already rubbing off on the team

  • Chris_P on October 21, 2013, 20:37 GMT

    @ M ÒwaĨs ĶashĨf & @Joseph Langford, I have been a huge fan of Bailey's in the short form of the game after watching him demolish NSW on many occasions & feel he should have been selected before he was. His first class form, however, makes for sad reading. Better than Smith? When he averages far below him with the bat, doesn't offer a spin option nor fields as well? Hardly. If & when he warrants a place by weight of runs in the real form of the game, then & only then should he be selected. Same for Finch, Marsh & a couple of others. First class form should be the main criteria for selection in tests.

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Also somebody says Maxwell is unlucky.I saw the 2 run outs.These are the terrible ways to run himself out.He's a good batsmen in India,becz only he and bailey attacks spinners with venom from Aussies.This is very important to win series.Assset to team,but very Pathetic running by him,almost cost last match..

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Australia is a better team than India.But the problem here is Aussies don't hav a quality spinner.These pitches are slow batting pitches,fast bowling will be tough here,Nw they can do anything about spin dep,But they can do one thing,ie if Folkner and Watson bowling 20 overs,then Indians will take almost 150 from these two,Also they are bowling even in death overs.Counter-Nile is needed here,Johnson and Mckay are bowling good,Shane Waton a big batsmen,Folkner also now proved his batting.So Phil Hues is the fall guy here,Put counter Nile instead of hues then Aus would won the series easily,Also put Faulker one up ahead oh Haddin,Because if he got some time with bat,then only he will be destructive at last.Indian batsmen will kill weak bowlers in Indian slow batting pitches.But they too have problems with quality bowling even in these pithes.If Aus does this change then they would win easily.Otherwise if folkner and watsen hanhling the end overs they may loose series.

  • Bonehead_maz on October 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    It's very pleasing to see a guy always smiling and clearly enjoying his cricket as much as George Bailey does. Seeing I can "feel" his enjoyment through a TV, I'm sure his team mates notice !

  • Alexk400 on October 21, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    George bailey is not good captain. Sometimes players play good when you have weak captain who do not have dictatorship power. It gives players some freedom to play their own way. When you try control too much , things can not be controlled. :)

  • on October 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Pretty hard not to like George Bailey. Maybe worth a test cap later in the season if Australian batsmen don't fire in the Ashes.

  • Bloody_Hell on October 21, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @DylanBrah - He gets run out a lot. It's not about luck.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Clarke should be a Test player from now on in in a bid to manage his back. Bailey is doing a good job and seems a decent and well respected guy. If you are looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup the likes of Warner, Smith & Maddinson are more likely to be better one day options.

  • on October 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I wonder why was George Bailey not selected before 2012? And still he is no there in the Test side. He is much better than Steve Smith at least

  • PrasPunter on October 21, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I would hate to say this, but is it that the Aus ODI team wouldn't need a injury-prone Clarke ? Given the Ryobi cup performances by Warner, Smith, White and Wade so far , isn't it true that Aus has more than one option to fill his spot atleast with the ODIs ?

  • DylanBrah on October 21, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Maxwell has been unlucky. Run out twice in three innings.

  • DylanBrah on October 21, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    Maxwell has been unlucky. Run out twice in three innings.

  • PrasPunter on October 21, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    I would hate to say this, but is it that the Aus ODI team wouldn't need a injury-prone Clarke ? Given the Ryobi cup performances by Warner, Smith, White and Wade so far , isn't it true that Aus has more than one option to fill his spot atleast with the ODIs ?

  • on October 21, 2013, 17:43 GMT

    I wonder why was George Bailey not selected before 2012? And still he is no there in the Test side. He is much better than Steve Smith at least

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 21, 2013, 17:51 GMT

    Clarke should be a Test player from now on in in a bid to manage his back. Bailey is doing a good job and seems a decent and well respected guy. If you are looking ahead to the 2015 World Cup the likes of Warner, Smith & Maddinson are more likely to be better one day options.

  • Bloody_Hell on October 21, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    @DylanBrah - He gets run out a lot. It's not about luck.

  • on October 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Pretty hard not to like George Bailey. Maybe worth a test cap later in the season if Australian batsmen don't fire in the Ashes.

  • Alexk400 on October 21, 2013, 19:40 GMT

    George bailey is not good captain. Sometimes players play good when you have weak captain who do not have dictatorship power. It gives players some freedom to play their own way. When you try control too much , things can not be controlled. :)

  • Bonehead_maz on October 21, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    It's very pleasing to see a guy always smiling and clearly enjoying his cricket as much as George Bailey does. Seeing I can "feel" his enjoyment through a TV, I'm sure his team mates notice !

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    Australia is a better team than India.But the problem here is Aussies don't hav a quality spinner.These pitches are slow batting pitches,fast bowling will be tough here,Nw they can do anything about spin dep,But they can do one thing,ie if Folkner and Watson bowling 20 overs,then Indians will take almost 150 from these two,Also they are bowling even in death overs.Counter-Nile is needed here,Johnson and Mckay are bowling good,Shane Waton a big batsmen,Folkner also now proved his batting.So Phil Hues is the fall guy here,Put counter Nile instead of hues then Aus would won the series easily,Also put Faulker one up ahead oh Haddin,Because if he got some time with bat,then only he will be destructive at last.Indian batsmen will kill weak bowlers in Indian slow batting pitches.But they too have problems with quality bowling even in these pithes.If Aus does this change then they would win easily.Otherwise if folkner and watsen hanhling the end overs they may loose series.

  • micklem on October 21, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Also somebody says Maxwell is unlucky.I saw the 2 run outs.These are the terrible ways to run himself out.He's a good batsmen in India,becz only he and bailey attacks spinners with venom from Aussies.This is very important to win series.Assset to team,but very Pathetic running by him,almost cost last match..