India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Mohali October 18, 2013

No motivation for bowlers - Bailey

ESPNcricinfo staff
44

George Bailey, the Australia captain, wonders what motivates bowlers on the batting-friendly pitches of India but feels that also renders a tour of the country daunting for sides like his. Australia racked up 359 in the second ODI in Jaipur, only to watch India run it down in 43.3 overs for the loss of one wicket, making it the second-highest successful chase ever.

"The wickets we have played on have been very good batting wickets. It was very tough for the bowlers. It's hard to know what motivates bowlers on these wickets," Bailey said ahead of the third ODI in Mohali. "I would like to see a little bit more help for the bowlers if they bend their backs, and a little bit for the spinners.

"But that's how it is around the world, different conditions. That's how it is everywhere. But that's the beauty of the game around the world. That's what makes touring India such a challenge. That's what makes touring Australia such a challenge for India. Playing at Bellerive Oval compared to the WACA is so different. 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 helped pacers or spinners."

Bailey felt the Mohali pitch would not be as flat as the Jaipur one, and said Australia would not mind using the short ball again if the conditions helped them. "It's a matter of summing up the conditions. If the wicket here has some pace and bounce and the boundaries being slightly longer around the squares, it could be something we will explore. But all players are good if they know what to expect, so it's a matter of not getting too predictable."

Bailey backed his bowlers, saying one bad game did not warrant changes, but admitted Australia were considering bringing in Nathan Coulter-Nile. "Yeah, we'll think about Nathan. A little bit of extra pace, a little bit of shape with the new ball… outstanding fielder, good striker of the ball near the end. So he is in the all-rounder category… I think all three guys we have on stand-by should be ready. The beauty of those guys is how ready they are to play whatever their roles might be."

The introduction of a new ball at each end in ODIs has largely taken away reverse swing as a weapon for bowlers towards the end of an innings. Bailey, however, said he liked the ruling, saying it had made things harder for batsmen at the start. "I enjoy it actually. When it first came out, I thought scores would go through the roof. What we have seen is that bowlers have adapted pretty well. England's a good example of how we had to work pretty hard to get through the first 10-15 overs without losing too many wickets. Then if you can reach the back-end, the ball tends to be a bit harder for the batsmen to cash in."

Australia have been getting through the new balls without damage so far on the tour, with Aaron Finch and Phillip Hughes putting on strong opening partnerships in both ODIs. Bailey said that had allowed the middle order to take on the India spinners with more confidence, but denied Australia had a plan to particularly attack the lead spinner R Ashwin, who's gone for 105 in 18 overs. "I don't think we targeted him specifically.

"The guys, especially the right-handers, were comfortable facing him. It wasn't a strategy to go after him. There wasn't much turn on the wicket. But it wasn't like targeting one specific bowler. The key for us really is that we have had good opening partnerships that have given us a good platform. Not losing early wickets has helped the middle order so we have been able to play with a little bit of freedom."

Which is why Bailey also ruled out a return for Watson to the top of the order, saying his presence at No. 3 was important to tackle the spinners. "At the moment it's working very well for us and I don't think there's any need to change it. His versatility there in terms of how well he plays spin… we saw that the other day when he walked in and faced the spinners, he put them on the back foot. It's really important for us if he can bat at No. 3 and get into the middle order a bit."

The disciplinary issues that had plagued Watson and Australia's Test tour of India earlier this year were done and buried, Bailey insisted. "I think he is [over it]. It's a long way in the past. It's been so many months now and he has been at home. It really is a long time back. I have been very impressed by his energy in training."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • bharath74 on October 19, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I think Bailey is a better captain than micheal clark

  • Nutcutlet on October 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Let's get things straight - back to fundamentals - cricket is a game which was designed to be a faircontest between bat & ball. It was never meant to be a fairground show in which the balls delivered were to be devalued to very-hittable fodder and not-quite-so-hittable fodder, with the idea of actually dismissing a batsman being something delusional, belonging to another age. On this basis, format cricket has lost the plot. The whole process is exaggerated by the monster bats with edges (sorry, sides!) now half the width of the blade & boundaries pathetically and inadequately short. I am not pointing the finger at any particular country; they're all guilty of betraying the fundamental idea of a genuine contest. It is time for the game's legislators (i.e. the game's guardians) to limit the overall dimensions of the bat, not just the length & width of the blade. Ultimately, the cricket that is served up is pap and for those who recall what cricket is meant to be, unwatchable.

  • TengaZool on October 19, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    George Bailey attends a press conference and he is expected to comment on something, anything. Apart from this - everything else is pointless. India isn't the only place where 300+ scores have been logged. Wasn't it the pace paradise of SA where 400 odd runs were scored by two sides? What about the 2003 world cup final in SA or the recent Hobart ODI between India and Sri Lanka? Fact of the matter is that both the teams have especially mediocre bowlers who need specific conditions to suit their bowling. Australia will do well to call the current English bowlers to share tips on how to be effective in Indian conditions.

  • Surajk on October 19, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Its funny that runs scored by India are discounted in tests, because they are on low/flat wickets - not withstanding the fact that the touring teams usually struggle while Indian batsmen prosper on the same wickets, IndvsAus series this year is a case in point, not sure how Pujara, Kohli, Vijay and Dhawan scored centuries after centuries on rank turners while none of the Australian batsmen were able to get off the mark! Would be interested to see how @Mitty2 responds to this....

  • jimbond on October 19, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @Mitty2: One can reverse the argument and say that on Indian pitches- which took spin from day one, the Australian spinners were not particularly effective, and the Indian batsmen scored more runs. The problem here is not just with the pitches. The batsmen from both countries are not able to adapt to new conditions, and same with the bowlers. On similar Indian pitches, Panesar and Anderson and Pieterson were fairly effective and so were Amla and Steyn. On similar pitches, Hayden had -not very long ago- massacred Indian bowlers. So its also a matter of adaptability and quality.

  • bobmartin on October 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Question... who are the most revered men in Indian cricket.. You can start with Tendulkar and move on down the list from there.. How many bowlers would you find in the top twenty ? That says it all about Indian pitches.

  • on October 19, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    rather than playing on a flat track,they should prepare competitive pitches,but BCCI and respective state cricket association preparing pitches which are more helfull to their batsman. Can Rohit bat same in Sydney and Melbourne as he did in Jaipur??? absolutely no!!!! Just to keep no 1 ODI team position with them ,they are preparing tracks which suits their batsman(as India strength is batting).

  • on October 19, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    nathan counternile: I like what bailey is thinking. Bring some bowlers with raw pace back. The middle order isn't comfortable against short ball so bring bowlers that are fast. Remember win against SA in England in CT, there was no morkel and steyn. The SA pace attack only bowled at 130k's and the wicket was flat.

  • scarab666 on October 19, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Max Desouza.....you are so spot on, there is nothing more boring than watching cricket in any form played in India. No wonder nobody aspires to be a bowler in India with the flat dead pitches they have to bowl on. I'm sure if the Indians didn't control world cricket, the ICC would have enforced certain standards for all International wickets to make them more fair between batsman and bowler. How many great Indian pace bowlers of note has there been in the past 40 years.........Kapil Dev thats it ! And that tells you a lot about India and its pitches.

  • govindsdeshmukh on October 19, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Bring on Pravin Tambe, a leg spinner from Rajastan Royal team. He was quite successful against many Austrailian players in CLT.

  • bharath74 on October 19, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    I think Bailey is a better captain than micheal clark

  • Nutcutlet on October 19, 2013, 7:47 GMT

    Let's get things straight - back to fundamentals - cricket is a game which was designed to be a faircontest between bat & ball. It was never meant to be a fairground show in which the balls delivered were to be devalued to very-hittable fodder and not-quite-so-hittable fodder, with the idea of actually dismissing a batsman being something delusional, belonging to another age. On this basis, format cricket has lost the plot. The whole process is exaggerated by the monster bats with edges (sorry, sides!) now half the width of the blade & boundaries pathetically and inadequately short. I am not pointing the finger at any particular country; they're all guilty of betraying the fundamental idea of a genuine contest. It is time for the game's legislators (i.e. the game's guardians) to limit the overall dimensions of the bat, not just the length & width of the blade. Ultimately, the cricket that is served up is pap and for those who recall what cricket is meant to be, unwatchable.

  • TengaZool on October 19, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    George Bailey attends a press conference and he is expected to comment on something, anything. Apart from this - everything else is pointless. India isn't the only place where 300+ scores have been logged. Wasn't it the pace paradise of SA where 400 odd runs were scored by two sides? What about the 2003 world cup final in SA or the recent Hobart ODI between India and Sri Lanka? Fact of the matter is that both the teams have especially mediocre bowlers who need specific conditions to suit their bowling. Australia will do well to call the current English bowlers to share tips on how to be effective in Indian conditions.

  • Surajk on October 19, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Its funny that runs scored by India are discounted in tests, because they are on low/flat wickets - not withstanding the fact that the touring teams usually struggle while Indian batsmen prosper on the same wickets, IndvsAus series this year is a case in point, not sure how Pujara, Kohli, Vijay and Dhawan scored centuries after centuries on rank turners while none of the Australian batsmen were able to get off the mark! Would be interested to see how @Mitty2 responds to this....

  • jimbond on October 19, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    @Mitty2: One can reverse the argument and say that on Indian pitches- which took spin from day one, the Australian spinners were not particularly effective, and the Indian batsmen scored more runs. The problem here is not just with the pitches. The batsmen from both countries are not able to adapt to new conditions, and same with the bowlers. On similar Indian pitches, Panesar and Anderson and Pieterson were fairly effective and so were Amla and Steyn. On similar pitches, Hayden had -not very long ago- massacred Indian bowlers. So its also a matter of adaptability and quality.

  • bobmartin on October 19, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Question... who are the most revered men in Indian cricket.. You can start with Tendulkar and move on down the list from there.. How many bowlers would you find in the top twenty ? That says it all about Indian pitches.

  • on October 19, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    rather than playing on a flat track,they should prepare competitive pitches,but BCCI and respective state cricket association preparing pitches which are more helfull to their batsman. Can Rohit bat same in Sydney and Melbourne as he did in Jaipur??? absolutely no!!!! Just to keep no 1 ODI team position with them ,they are preparing tracks which suits their batsman(as India strength is batting).

  • on October 19, 2013, 3:19 GMT

    nathan counternile: I like what bailey is thinking. Bring some bowlers with raw pace back. The middle order isn't comfortable against short ball so bring bowlers that are fast. Remember win against SA in England in CT, there was no morkel and steyn. The SA pace attack only bowled at 130k's and the wicket was flat.

  • scarab666 on October 19, 2013, 3:00 GMT

    @Max Desouza.....you are so spot on, there is nothing more boring than watching cricket in any form played in India. No wonder nobody aspires to be a bowler in India with the flat dead pitches they have to bowl on. I'm sure if the Indians didn't control world cricket, the ICC would have enforced certain standards for all International wickets to make them more fair between batsman and bowler. How many great Indian pace bowlers of note has there been in the past 40 years.........Kapil Dev thats it ! And that tells you a lot about India and its pitches.

  • govindsdeshmukh on October 19, 2013, 2:44 GMT

    Bring on Pravin Tambe, a leg spinner from Rajastan Royal team. He was quite successful against many Austrailian players in CLT.

  • govindsdeshmukh on October 19, 2013, 2:41 GMT

    Bring on that 42 year Leg spinner from Rajastan Royals. He was unplayable in that tournament. India needs a genuin leg spinner. I think Ausies may fail against him.

  • on October 19, 2013, 2:35 GMT

    its nice to watch a high scoring game in odi and t20 , but there should be some good wickets in test matches . no matter how flat the wicket is because it has same conditions for both the teams , aussies you have fawad , aston agar , where are they . they should come in india tour two regular spinners with maxwell should play in india . if they had a stratogy the result will be different . hope that aussie will bounce back in 3rd odi but respect for rohit and specially the inning played by virat . well done virat keep it up . i am a pakistani but i am your big fan and i love to watch you playing some agresive innings .

  • arnie66 on October 19, 2013, 1:55 GMT

    George Bailey, so far, has been a class act (on and off the field). His honest insightful comments and accepting the loss with grace has surprised me - He is a great ambassador for Australian cricket. Even when Australia had the mighty trio of Ponting, McGrath, Warne, Gilchrist, Hayden, the attitude of certain players like Ponting and Hayden portrayed the Aussies in a bad light (Steve Waugh, Lee and Gilchrist have been class acts). Hopefully the aussie team under Bailey will not only win but also be respected for their sportsmanship & attitude around the world !

  • Mitty2 on October 19, 2013, 1:40 GMT

    What's great is when Indians complain about our pitches because they're supposedly green, and quote, "there is nothing there for the batsmen"... Well last Indian v Australian series in Aus Clarke scored a century, a double and a triple, Ponting got into form with a double and a century and I think Hussey had two... Even Kohli got a century. None of the Indian seamers did any damage despite these supposedly green pitches. Adelaide and Sydney were the flattest seen in years, the MCG took spin and bounce and overall was good for batting, and in perth Warner got 180 from less than 150 balls... But I thought t was a 'green monster'? How easily you forget.

    Let's compare to the Indian pitches this year. Chennai was literally disgraceful, and looked like Mars and took copious spin from ball one, Mohali was just as bad, Hyderabad was a slight improvement from disgraceful and the last test was back to normal (disgraceful). Aus pitches take into account all departments... Unlike India.

  • popcorn on October 19, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    We'll win this one, mates.

  • sportofpain on October 19, 2013, 0:33 GMT

    @xtrfalgarx: Pitches in India are not good enough? What exactly do you mean by that? All pitches in India? What is a good pitch btw? Can you give me an example of a pitch anywhere in the world that you consider a 'good' pitch? And please tell us why you consider it a 'good' pitch.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 19, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    Bailey's comments and the response to them in the combox call attention to the difference between the type of cricket the majority of Indian fans want to see in comparison to the rest of the world. For your average Indian fan, the pinnacle of cricket is watching a batsman destroy a helpless bowler. For the rest of the world, the pinnacle in cricket is watching a game with a tight balance between bat and ball.

    Notice that Bailey is not saying, "I want a green top in India". Rather he is saying that he wants to see a greater balance between bat and ball.

  • Valavan on October 18, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    @gsingh, i luv your ignorance, speaking about ODIs in Test series, speaking about Tests in ODI series. Dont expose your ignorance to the core to the cricinfo followers. cricinfo please publish.

  • Nampally on October 18, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Australians bowled a tight length & limited bouncers in the first ODI + superb fielding & great batting. But it was their tight bowling that won the match for them. They abandoned this in ODI #2. Bailey needs to know that the dropped catch of Dhawan when he was just 19 was the turning point of the match. I thought Maxwell & Doherty bowled very well in the first few overs. Why did Bailey ever change them? As soon as he brought on the pace men they tried the short stuff & were thrashed royally! These 2 points- dropped catch & too much liking for the short bowling cost them the match. Of course India batted superbly but chasing 360 is no mean task on any wicket. So give credit to India for their fantastic batting. If Aussies bowl kike they did in ODI #1 & if Ishant does not play then it will be a tight match. It all depends on Dhoni's XI selection & top 3 Indian batsmen to lead the way.Catches win matches & who ever does well in this department will win.

  • crying_game on October 18, 2013, 21:06 GMT

    Hmm.. Ashwin has been taken for 105 in 18 overs..That is slightly less than 6 wheras the Aussies strike rate overall in 2 matches is 6.63. Not the best figures for a lead bowler for sure, but is it really deserving of all the crucifixion? In the second match the batsman of both teams together averaged a mind blowing 7.71 and Ashwin had 6.25, the second best figures behind only Bhuvi who was fantastic. Again, not saying these are par for someone who is supposed to lead the attack but considering the pitches and the scoring rates in general, this is not as bad as it is being made out to be.

  • gsingh7 on October 18, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    last time india won 4-0 in tests,all aussie fans were saying no motivation for their young batsmen like warner, hughes ,cowan.also why their super fast bowlers like siddle pattinson henriques were ineffective as soon as they stepped on indian grounds. they were saying unless their bowlers wont get the tracks to take 20 wickets they will not regard it as proper cricket but just some useless test series where one team is thrashing other. they do have a point though as aus were very poor in indian series.they need to go back to bouncy aus tracks to regain their confidence and mojo.hope they are back in form in all important ashes.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 18, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @Max Desouza, you mean just the way the Saffers got slaughtered a couple of days back in UAE, at the hands of our Pakistani brothers? Get real my friend. The fun in watching cricket is to see players toil it out on different kinds of surfaces - flat batsmen friendly tracks to raging dustbowls to seaming grassbowls to intimidating uneven bounce tracks. Simple!

  • indianzen on October 18, 2013, 20:19 GMT

    Only decent Aussie captain I have seen is George... he is not complaining.

  • on October 18, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Its about time Ball beats Bat.. instead of the other way around ..Cricket is a 2 way street .. but in India batsman are millionaires because of the flat boring pitches.. the Aus/India latest ODI match was another example of "Ranji trophy TYPE scores" that only the Tamashs' loving Indian fan would love..Gosh I would love 2 C THE Kohlis the Sharma's getting slaughter in South Africa..IF THEY EVER GO THERE...

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 18, 2013, 20:14 GMT

    So Bailey started playing the excuses game now. Give a batting wicket - you will call it flat wicket; where's the motivation for bowlers. Give a spinning wicket you'll say - it is a dustbowl; where's the motivation for pacers and all our batsmen (excluding Michael Clarke). Give a pace friendly wicket - you will say where's the motivation for spinners and some batsmen on either side. Have the skills? Land that Yorker again and again ala Waqar bhai, Wasim bhai eshtyle! Look Aussie dudes, you should take it as a challenge, just the way India took it as a challenge and won at Perth, in a test match, no less. Just the way Tennis is played on different surfaces, cricket is also played on different surfaces. Each surface tests particular skill sets in your arsenal. I didn't hear anybody saying winning US Open is superior to winning Wimbledon or winning French Open is superior to winning US Open. Each surface poses different questions. Take those challenges and win, if you can. Simple!

  • Bonehead_maz on October 18, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Does not sound like any complaint to me. The conditions at Jaipur were very batting friendly for both sides. I can't offhand think of any bowler from anywhere ever who would have been exceptional that day.

  • on October 18, 2013, 19:42 GMT

    In the Game of CRICKET every country has their own strength.. and they prepare grounds based on their strength.. when you are a visitor then things looks different .. that is the Nature of Game...

  • silentstand on October 18, 2013, 19:28 GMT

    Clearly cpt.meansters reading comprehension is poor as Bailey states the opposite of the title of the article

  • Srini_Indian on October 18, 2013, 18:36 GMT

    Bailey is right. If India prepare a spinning track and thrash them comfortably, the next article would be titled "No motivation for batters", lol. Hughes and co dancing to the tune of even partime spinners would be quite a sight. Give them spinning pitches, India!!!

  • GrindAR on October 18, 2013, 17:54 GMT

    Bailey, Could you show one pitch in the international grounds that behave neutral. You can take Aus, SA, eng. et all.

    I think if the curators have the method to prepare one, they should be doing ll over the world. Say, ICC approved, spec met pitch (only one... no multiple varieties). That should be installed in international grounds.

    Then atleast the pitch blame game will stop from every corner. It is sickening to hear this topic like a rubber. The funny thing is.. who ever complain about the pitch, does think their home pitch is always better. the fact is it is as worst as the pitch you comment about.

    Your batsmen exploited the conditions to reach 359. Does it mnean you should win? Forget about 359, your bowlers could not defend 434 in SA, the so call amazing bouncy pitches.... where there any chance for the bowlers there. I can bet, that pitch was purposely made it flat with the shortest boundary any ODI has been played on. You got the score 434. That should be easily defendable

  • kir.vas on October 18, 2013, 17:31 GMT

    @wonderstar:-) Why people are always criticizing like this The real test for INDIA is in SA? Do SA is a better side or the pitches? If they are a good team is it possible for them to win a series in INDIA? They are struggling against Pakistan in a neutral venue. Do they perform well against Sri Lanka in srilanka? Against England in England? Me and most of the people believe a big NOOOOO. Newzealand is struggling against Bangladesh. Especially in test cricket format Home side have their own advantages. They will prepare the pitches which suits for them. So India is good in India. In other formats for India they need not want to prove any thing . They won the world cup they won champions league. Please SIR dont criticize UNDERSTAND the facts.

  • on October 18, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    "It's hard to know what motivates bowlers on these wickets" and following up with "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 helped pacers or spinners." is like making the remark and getting away with it saying "no offence". But I doubt whether Bailey was trying to do that.

    And to all who whine about flat pitches incessantly throughout this series plz look at this article http://www.espncricinfo.com/the-ashes-2013/content/story/654391.html "Shield pitches hurting batsmen - Khawaja" correct this first before complaining about other pitches. Your own player is criticizing your pitch.

  • strikeforce2003 on October 18, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Mohali, it's wicket and weather, it's good bounce and pitch..should see the Oz's hopping to a lead in thus..fuelled by the thumping received earlier, I guess Coulter-Nile must replace a seemingly yet-to-mature Faulkner. On the Indian side, pressure is definitely mounting on Sharma who may need a break from this match, alongside a rather worn out R Jadeja.. My call, Auusies take the Mohali match

  • wonderstar1 on October 18, 2013, 16:32 GMT

    Anyways this meaningless tournament counts for nothing. The real test for Ind would be from Dec in SA and may be a bit interesting from Nov 6th if windies are able to compete at this level. this is just a money making series and will be forgetten in few days time. Of course the whole of Aus are waiting for NBov 21st for the great ashes series.

  • wonderstar1 on October 18, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Did you even read the article properly? all he tells is each wicket behaves differently. that's all nothing else. also he did mention that playing in one dimensional pitches whatever be it flat pitch or green tops are boring. He just needs to have a balance between bat and ball. if He dint make any excuse at all.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 18, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, that's stupid. The pitches in india arn't good enough which is why you only produce batsmen not bowlers. You need to make them fairer.

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    India's pitches are a reflection as to why they have never in their history produced a world class quick bowler. Who would want to bowl on one of their tracks...? That is why they will continue to struggle on foreign soil. How many series wins have they had in Australia..? Sth Africa,..? Can anybody name a World Class Bowler from India in the class of a Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Lillee, Marshall, Roberts, Holding etc.. I can't think of one...?

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    I have seen the great Australian side winning multiple ODI tournaments (including champions trophy) in India with the same pitch movement and ground size.. Stop complaining and start performing... Lame excuse from Bailey ...

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster only if you read the whole article. 'Indian pitches will never be like the ones in Perth or Durban', thats what bailey said. read the article not the headline and you will get the context. Bailey is a competitor and he never makes excuses from what i have seen from him as a captain

  • shailesh0309 on October 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Mr.Bailey We feel Same which you feel right now in india. very boring wickets in austrailia there is nothing for batsmen. flat track provide same chances for both team but fast or spinner friendly pitches taking matches one way

  • vpisipati on October 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Looks like this guy George Bailey, has his head screwed on right. Very diplomatic, sensible assessment of the pitches. He makes very well thought out, logical points. No wonder he made captain so quick after making it to the team!! Keep it up, Mr. Bailey.

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    "It's hard to know what motivates bowlers on these wickets", precisely George. That's one of the reasons India does not produce good bowlers, particularly seamers. With pitches like these, who would want to be a bowler? TBH, it hurts us both ways, our batters get easy runs and never feel the necessity to develop good technique and our bowlers get deflated with their confidence shattered. Wickets like these don't help anyone. And I agree, we do see a carnage of 4s and 6s but after a while the hopeless imbalance between bat and ball becomes boring.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 18, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    the title dipicts contrary to what bailey said.. U just published one line of para... would be boring if every wicket are green, would be boring if every wicket are spin friendly or fast friendly. Every country has unique geographic so wickets in aus, ind, sa are different. Why dont oz make their grounds spin friendly. They expecting from indians to make pace friendly but not viceversa

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    This is very lame from George Bailey. Had he won the previous game and gone 2 zip up, he wouldn't be saying such things. Get real man. Indian pitches will never be like the ones in Perth or Durban. I think Australia need to find ways to curb the batting supremacy of India rather than find such pointless excuses to cover up their insipid bowling in such conditions. The fact of the matter was both teams bowled poorly. Long hops and rank full tosses will go for 4s and 6s in most conditions. Both teams bowled plenty of them. Add to that, plenty of extras bowled by either team. Mohali will have pace and bounce but it is a batting beauty as well. We might not see 350+ scores here but it will be a 270-300 pitch.

  • No featured comments at the moment.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 18, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    This is very lame from George Bailey. Had he won the previous game and gone 2 zip up, he wouldn't be saying such things. Get real man. Indian pitches will never be like the ones in Perth or Durban. I think Australia need to find ways to curb the batting supremacy of India rather than find such pointless excuses to cover up their insipid bowling in such conditions. The fact of the matter was both teams bowled poorly. Long hops and rank full tosses will go for 4s and 6s in most conditions. Both teams bowled plenty of them. Add to that, plenty of extras bowled by either team. Mohali will have pace and bounce but it is a batting beauty as well. We might not see 350+ scores here but it will be a 270-300 pitch.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on October 18, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    the title dipicts contrary to what bailey said.. U just published one line of para... would be boring if every wicket are green, would be boring if every wicket are spin friendly or fast friendly. Every country has unique geographic so wickets in aus, ind, sa are different. Why dont oz make their grounds spin friendly. They expecting from indians to make pace friendly but not viceversa

  • ThatsJustCricket on October 18, 2013, 15:23 GMT

    "It's hard to know what motivates bowlers on these wickets", precisely George. That's one of the reasons India does not produce good bowlers, particularly seamers. With pitches like these, who would want to be a bowler? TBH, it hurts us both ways, our batters get easy runs and never feel the necessity to develop good technique and our bowlers get deflated with their confidence shattered. Wickets like these don't help anyone. And I agree, we do see a carnage of 4s and 6s but after a while the hopeless imbalance between bat and ball becomes boring.

  • vpisipati on October 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Looks like this guy George Bailey, has his head screwed on right. Very diplomatic, sensible assessment of the pitches. He makes very well thought out, logical points. No wonder he made captain so quick after making it to the team!! Keep it up, Mr. Bailey.

  • shailesh0309 on October 18, 2013, 15:25 GMT

    Mr.Bailey We feel Same which you feel right now in india. very boring wickets in austrailia there is nothing for batsmen. flat track provide same chances for both team but fast or spinner friendly pitches taking matches one way

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:28 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster only if you read the whole article. 'Indian pitches will never be like the ones in Perth or Durban', thats what bailey said. read the article not the headline and you will get the context. Bailey is a competitor and he never makes excuses from what i have seen from him as a captain

  • on October 18, 2013, 15:54 GMT

    I have seen the great Australian side winning multiple ODI tournaments (including champions trophy) in India with the same pitch movement and ground size.. Stop complaining and start performing... Lame excuse from Bailey ...

  • on October 18, 2013, 16:10 GMT

    India's pitches are a reflection as to why they have never in their history produced a world class quick bowler. Who would want to bowl on one of their tracks...? That is why they will continue to struggle on foreign soil. How many series wins have they had in Australia..? Sth Africa,..? Can anybody name a World Class Bowler from India in the class of a Wasim Akram, Glenn McGrath, Lillee, Marshall, Roberts, Holding etc.. I can't think of one...?

  • xtrafalgarx on October 18, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster, that's stupid. The pitches in india arn't good enough which is why you only produce batsmen not bowlers. You need to make them fairer.

  • wonderstar1 on October 18, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster Did you even read the article properly? all he tells is each wicket behaves differently. that's all nothing else. also he did mention that playing in one dimensional pitches whatever be it flat pitch or green tops are boring. He just needs to have a balance between bat and ball. if He dint make any excuse at all.