Australia v India, World T20, Group 2, Mirpur March 30, 2014

Captain Bailey's 'most disappointing game'

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George Bailey has called Australia's big defeat to India in the World T20 the "most disappointing game" of his captaincy tenure. Australia were bowled out for 86 chasing 160, and Bailey was particularly gutted at the way his batsmen folded, saying they had failed to deliver the improvement that was asked of them after two close defeats to Pakistan and West Indies.

"Unexpected. Disappointing. I'd go so far as to say it is the most disappointing game that I've led from this team for three years," Bailey said. "I'll give all credit to the Indian bowlers, they obviously bowled well. I certainly do not think our batters can hold their heads particularly high in terms of our shot selection, our match awareness, our game sense, all the stuff that we spoke about in the last game that we were not particularly happy with. We asked for improvement and we certainly did not have that."

When asked if there was embarrassment in addition to the disappointment, Bailey said the former was limited only to himself. "If I was embarrassed I'd say it is with my own performance. I'm disappointed with the team, with the way we batted but I have got pretty big faith in these guys and I'm not sticking up for them in terms of ... we all could've made better decisions and done things differently if we had our chance again but I am not embarrassed for anyone, apart from myself."

Australia were not faced with a particularly demanding asking-rate at the start of their chase but they tried too many shots and lost half their side before the halfway mark. Bailey said while Australia's overall approach in the format was to be aggressive, it did not translate to being reckless.

"If I am thinking back to our T20 form over the last 12 months or so, I reckon that is the first time we have scored under 170. So yep, we certainly want to be aggressive and we want to dictate the game but there does have to be a back-up plan. That is the responsibility of us in the middle order to understand where the game is at and you have got a perfect example in the other side from the way Yuvraj (Singh) managed that innings from where India were. I think runs-wise, at about the tenth-over mark, we were roughly the same. We had lost three or four more wickets. That probably sums up our mindset and the mistakes that we made."

Australia needed Bangladesh to defeat Pakistan in the afternoon game for them to stay alive in the tournament, but that wasn't to be. When asked if having been knocked out before the start of the India game meant a dip in motivation levels, Bailey admitted his players' minds may not have been entirely on the match, but refused to accept that as a reason for not performing well.

"I hope not. Certainly not. Clich├ęd, but any team you are playing for Australia, you would hate to think that people need extra motivation... that is not an excuse. We feel like we played a couple of good games of cricket but we have been on the losing side of them so for us tonight ... without being disrespectful to Bangladesh, it would have been a shock to us if Bangladesh had beaten Pakistan so we were not arriving here expecting miracles.

"There was enough for us to prove by playing India and playing well against a side who we think are going to be close to tournament favourites, and to win that game and prove that we are a really good side over here and we deserve to go better, but not to be."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sarangsrk on March 31, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Bailey might be the most likable, humble, down to earth captain but he is not a great tactician. He was clueless lot of times. I would much prefer Clarke.

  • ultrasnow on March 31, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Contd.

    George Bailey makes for one of the most likable and low profile and down to earth of Aussie captains

  • ultrasnow on March 31, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Indian fan here. I thought Australia missed a trick. For God's sake this is a tornament where the world's best are participating. Winning such a cup brings enormous prestige and pride to your country. Winning the ashes and the SA was awesome but those same players who were part of those conquests seem to have let down the team in this tournament. Should have given this world T20 more importance. Australia have let down country and fans by being listless and lacking in motivation at the prestigious world T20.

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Lol. I see a few talking about proper formats of cricket. I still remember the undisputed OZ side getting a serving from the Indian side last year. 4-0. Just admit that every team roars only at their home conditions.

  • on March 31, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    worst aussie performance ever. average indian bowling doing miracles in bangladesh cuz of low quality batting opponents

  • milepost on March 31, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    We got smashed, India deserved the win as did the other teams that gave us T20 lessons. We will just have to get used to being the undisputed dominant team in the proper formats of cricket.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on March 31, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    bailey you are right.aussie performance is not suite for this t20. i really disappoint and wonder because australia is my favorte team.our batting is strong but not click bowling is not well.but all these failure in this format aussie side is strong specially in one day and test format.i know aussie players so disappoint for this performance. but you know ur are best side and great players.and you will back in full strength.

  • ramli on March 31, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @ShanNachimuthu ... well said man ... only Raina missed out to take a catch or inducing a catch .. otherwise, all players had some role in dismissing the batsmen ... two more matches remain for title triumph ... Go India Go

  • spinkingKK on March 31, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Australian captain is very much humble and accepts the defeat in the right spirit. If you read the statement from Broad, the England captain, you will see all sorts of excuses like 'poor' conditions, T20 world cup being a silly game just made for entertainment etc. England have played really well in the tournament. But, reading what their captain said made me think that they weren't interested in turning up in the first place. But, Australian captain had no excuses to make and said everything right. It is sad that Australians have to leave. But, India played exceptionally well and West Indies are just fantastic (I hope they beat Pakistan. But, if they lose, Pakistan deserve to be there as well). So, they are only giving way to the better teams, if only slightly. This grouping was wrong. How can you have Pakistan, West Indies, India and Australia all in one group? If Australia and England swapped their group, Aussies would have made it for sure.

  • on March 31, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Many would say this Australlian team was the strongest T 20 team ever they had assembled, but the truth is 2012 T 20 team was by far the strongest. It was the same team except for one man who brings in a big difference to the side that wass Mike Hussey, he was holding up one end and played the ball on its merits and improvises well, today the Australian side that had packed a tem full of hitters and everyone felt they occupied the crease for more than 6 balls without a boundary, it was a sin and played some rash shots. if you look at the Australian strong performances in t20 was in the first edition where you had saner player like hussy, ponting, Symonds who would play aggressively and also knock the balls for singles when required, in 2010 Clarke led his team to finals purely because you had warner and Watson throwing the bats at the top and Clarke, white and hussy playing a waiting game in the middle and then david hussey throwing his bat in the end.

  • sarangsrk on March 31, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Bailey might be the most likable, humble, down to earth captain but he is not a great tactician. He was clueless lot of times. I would much prefer Clarke.

  • ultrasnow on March 31, 2014, 11:55 GMT

    Contd.

    George Bailey makes for one of the most likable and low profile and down to earth of Aussie captains

  • ultrasnow on March 31, 2014, 11:27 GMT

    Indian fan here. I thought Australia missed a trick. For God's sake this is a tornament where the world's best are participating. Winning such a cup brings enormous prestige and pride to your country. Winning the ashes and the SA was awesome but those same players who were part of those conquests seem to have let down the team in this tournament. Should have given this world T20 more importance. Australia have let down country and fans by being listless and lacking in motivation at the prestigious world T20.

  • on March 31, 2014, 11:05 GMT

    Lol. I see a few talking about proper formats of cricket. I still remember the undisputed OZ side getting a serving from the Indian side last year. 4-0. Just admit that every team roars only at their home conditions.

  • on March 31, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    worst aussie performance ever. average indian bowling doing miracles in bangladesh cuz of low quality batting opponents

  • milepost on March 31, 2014, 9:14 GMT

    We got smashed, India deserved the win as did the other teams that gave us T20 lessons. We will just have to get used to being the undisputed dominant team in the proper formats of cricket.

  • AMMAR3438668158 on March 31, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    bailey you are right.aussie performance is not suite for this t20. i really disappoint and wonder because australia is my favorte team.our batting is strong but not click bowling is not well.but all these failure in this format aussie side is strong specially in one day and test format.i know aussie players so disappoint for this performance. but you know ur are best side and great players.and you will back in full strength.

  • ramli on March 31, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @ShanNachimuthu ... well said man ... only Raina missed out to take a catch or inducing a catch .. otherwise, all players had some role in dismissing the batsmen ... two more matches remain for title triumph ... Go India Go

  • spinkingKK on March 31, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Australian captain is very much humble and accepts the defeat in the right spirit. If you read the statement from Broad, the England captain, you will see all sorts of excuses like 'poor' conditions, T20 world cup being a silly game just made for entertainment etc. England have played really well in the tournament. But, reading what their captain said made me think that they weren't interested in turning up in the first place. But, Australian captain had no excuses to make and said everything right. It is sad that Australians have to leave. But, India played exceptionally well and West Indies are just fantastic (I hope they beat Pakistan. But, if they lose, Pakistan deserve to be there as well). So, they are only giving way to the better teams, if only slightly. This grouping was wrong. How can you have Pakistan, West Indies, India and Australia all in one group? If Australia and England swapped their group, Aussies would have made it for sure.

  • on March 31, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    Many would say this Australlian team was the strongest T 20 team ever they had assembled, but the truth is 2012 T 20 team was by far the strongest. It was the same team except for one man who brings in a big difference to the side that wass Mike Hussey, he was holding up one end and played the ball on its merits and improvises well, today the Australian side that had packed a tem full of hitters and everyone felt they occupied the crease for more than 6 balls without a boundary, it was a sin and played some rash shots. if you look at the Australian strong performances in t20 was in the first edition where you had saner player like hussy, ponting, Symonds who would play aggressively and also knock the balls for singles when required, in 2010 Clarke led his team to finals purely because you had warner and Watson throwing the bats at the top and Clarke, white and hussy playing a waiting game in the middle and then david hussey throwing his bat in the end.

  • Rajesh.Kumar on March 31, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    Aussie fans can convince themselves that they don't care about T20s and Test cricket is the real thing. But, given the lack of interest in Test Cricket in rest of the world, I think soon Aus and Eng will be the only two test playing nations left. Then they can have Ashes two times a year, while rest of the world enjoys ODIs and T20s.

  • Biso on March 31, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    Australia lacked spin bowling options for the conditions. Cameron White is no bowler to support the spin department. Steve Smith , Doherty or Lyon should have been chosen for the conditions. But, the biggest disappointment has been the Aussie batting. If you cannot put up a decent score with Warner, Watto, Maxwell, Bailey, Haddin..(name it they have it and it is batting going right up to Stark) then there is something seriously wrong somewhere. More bewildering is the fact that the Aussie players have been doing well in IPL on similar wickets. Aussies never merely turn up to play a match. They are always competitive. So it is hard to fathom what went wrong apart from lack of spinning options. Even that does not explain the collective batting failure.

  • BradmanBestEver on March 31, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    T20 is a csog fest for cricketers with a good eye and no application... Yawn.. bring on the real game please...we want to see tough TEST CRICKET

  • ShanNachimuthu on March 31, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    Thanks for Aussies for their catch practice to Indian team. LOL.

  • CricPissu on March 31, 2014, 7:04 GMT

    I feel this is a direct impact after that defeat by Windies. That was a massive Psychological blow Windies delivered. AUS was never in the game.

  • indicricket on March 31, 2014, 6:47 GMT

    @Cricmaths123, When India does not do well in Australia (where they play once in 4 years) the standard refrain is 'India is only good in it's own backyard'. Where as many of the OZ players regularly play in the subcontinenet and in this particular format. Also the last time they played a Test and ODI series in India they were beaten, shall I say, soundly. One Swallow, nay two Swallows does not make a summer.

  • on March 31, 2014, 6:26 GMT

    From the start of match aussy players looked gutted...they played as if some one died...they did not laugh or enjoy or felt excited which they normally do...I felt for them in that match but the format is like that...I remember feeling the same last time with India and the time when aussies had a dangerous bowling line-up including nannes... All matches were close though...I am thoroughly disappointed with Bangladesh and I feel that they are playing below capacity but so much support should change things in future...their fans are praiseworthy though.

  • Rdprasad on March 31, 2014, 5:58 GMT

    Great job as a team captain by admitting the flaws . GB you are a great sportsman and there is always next time mate. Better luck next time. Ram sydneywala.

  • sarangsrk on March 31, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    This is sheer failure of Aussie team management, coach and captain. With such a good side (at least batting and fielding), to not make it to semis and bundle out for 86 is certainly not acceptable from management. I am an Indian fan and I love Aussie team for long now and I see that their focus on Ashes (or tests in general) is much more result oriented. They can have all the big bash leagues, come and play IPL every year but the focus on winning World T20 has been missing. I don't buy any arguments of not used to playing spin as they play IPL against the same set of bowlers every year .This brings another question to my mind which is Why do we expect Indian team to win everything abroad when they play there once in 4 years and are obviously not used to conditions and bowlers? So unfair, I would think. Aussies missed multiple tricks in this tournament by not playing Hogg enough ( who I believe is still no.1 spinner for them), not bringing guys like McKay, not bowling Bollinger against.

  • Living_It on March 31, 2014, 5:47 GMT

    Get rid of Bailey as captain. Im presuming his good off the field, but on the field he is horrendous. He should still be up for selection although in my 11 for Aus he wouldn't make it:

    ODI: Warner, S Marsh, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Maxwell, Haddin

    Then for T20s from now on i would just play young players, or other players that are on the brink of ODI or test selection.

  • anoop3301 on March 31, 2014, 5:37 GMT

    admire you George Bailey. A very honest and down to earth Aussie captain unlike some of his predecessors. Wishing you all the best for a great career. Respect from an Indian fan.

  • on March 31, 2014, 5:12 GMT

    watson should be given break from cricket from now so as bailey.

  • jokerbala on March 31, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    all said and done I think Maxwell could be the X factor for australia in the coming years.Please donot make him change his approach just because others have failed to put their hands up. Such clean and fearless hitting not seen since the likes of a young Afridi.

  • on March 31, 2014, 4:23 GMT

    T20 is a game for athletic young men. The Australian selectors might only now begin to understand that. But this is not just a T20 matter. The Australian performance in this tournament casts serious doubts about the bigger so-called Australian revival. There is always Michael Clarke; and there is Mitchell Johnson, for how long I am not too sure. Can anyone name any of the chosen 'revival' batsmen whose technique is sound, or any other up-and-coming bowler [ Siddle and Harris are not new ] who looks liable to sustain a 'revival'? The only consolation is that (apart from West Indies in T20) the Test-playing nations do not seem to have resources and reserves to suggest any one will dominate for long or against all comers. CLR James might have been able to explain what currents are moving in cricket and beyond the boundary, and how they are inter-related.

  • Konanur on March 31, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    It was a terrific show by Indian team. Many positives from the game..Australia needs to look ahead and learn from the short comings...Bailey should not get disheartened as the better team won on the day...There is always next match..next series to play... Sports is always great ..who ever wins or loose game will go for ever as long as sport lovers likes it ...

  • chandra01354 on March 31, 2014, 4:14 GMT

    Yes i agree its a disappointing performance by Aussies...but i must admit that George bailey's statement about being embarrassed about himself and not for any one else..shows his humbleness and class.. he is genuine sports man and a great ambassador..

  • Cricmaths123 on March 31, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    It is not entirely Australia's fault because the conditions were totally against them(slow, low, turning) and they are not really good players of spin. Some of the players do not have the experience of playing in the subcontinent. That experience will come when they play in the IPL. But overall they had a very good summer by beating England 5-0 and then beating S.A. 2-1 in their own backyard. Hope Australia learn from their mistakes and play better next time.

  • AayushVarma18 on March 31, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    It's good to see Bailey admit his and the team's mistakes. 160 was definitely a total that could have been chased down. But reckless batting had got Australia down to only 86. Also, without the dew, Indian spinners were able to wreak havoc.

  • looloogun on March 31, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    bowlers win you matches ? playing only three bowlers you are not playing any positive cricket as you assume yourself so australia .t20 is not just about the bats clobbering the bowlers look at pakistan the bowlers win matches for them.play your bowlers.

  • stogster on March 31, 2014, 3:22 GMT

    The good news about Australia's premature exit from the tournament is that we can now all get behind the fabulous performance of the women's team.

    Of course, this would be easier if more people knew that the women's team were even playing.

  • on March 31, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    all games under captain Bailey will if CA think Bailey captain material. His poor captaincy resulted a series loss of India ,champions trophy loss and now a w t20 disaster. A poor captain in international level. Oz must make a change there. I think they may change that after 2015 but Bailey didn't deserve to be a intl captain.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 31, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Well Bailey personally may feel disappointed -he's not in Aust test side.But for team Aust there's absolutely nothing-I mean 0-need to be after end of a golden season.Couple of t20 L were due to bad luck.Who will rememember it a week from now anyway.

  • greenandgold_crickets_bogans on March 31, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    well well... Australias golden summer certainly looks to be over, and back to the cold dark winter it was in pre-Ashes campaign. A total lack of respect for opposing teams and an arrogance that even their mums would disapprove of means that the rest of the cricketing world is laughing collectively at the epic failure of this mob. Thanks for the laughs ozzies.

  • Hello13 on March 31, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    My advice to Australia would be to hire a coach that actually has tactical nous, rather than just a man who is disrespectful and lacking in class.

  • on March 31, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    It is always a pleasure to beat you Australia!!

  • on March 31, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    I think aus just threw caution to the wind ..they just seemed distracted. warner is not the t20 player he was he still seems to be caught between defence and rash shots! this is ok if some of the backup batsman can consolidate instead of all trying to be the match winner.. there was NO consolidation just players batting as if it was the last over..we still have a long way to go in this form of the game.!!!

  • looloogun on March 31, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    bowlers win you matches ? when you play only three bowlers you are not playing any positive cricket as you assume australia.t20 is not just the bats clobbering the bowlers look at pakistan they win matches wit bowlers.

  • Nampally on March 30, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I feel sorry for Captain Bailey that his batsmen could not execute. A total of 160 appeared winnable, knowing their big totals in earlier matches. But today Indian bowlers bowled their Best! The Aussie batsmen were clearly over matched by the Indian bowling. At 44 for in 7.3 overs, their scoring rate was similar to India's at 66 for 4 in 11.3 overs. The only difference was Yuvraj & Dhoni had plan B whilst the Aussies had none! Maxwell & Bailey who were at the crease both played irrationally trying to hit the ball out of the park & paid the penalty! Bailey himself was guilty with no Plan B, as Dhoni had. As a result, the Aussies tried to show the offence is the best approach as per their plan A. To be honest, India played very responsible Cricket when batting & while fielding. Indian spinners had the Aussies where they wanted. Ashwin & Mishra claimed 6 wkts betn. them in 6.3 overs for just 27 runs. Even the opening bowlers were good. Honestly, the better team won deservedly!

  • Jaffa79 on March 30, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Nice to see Bailey not making excuses. Very Un-Australian. I thought doctoring the ball, DRS or the pitches would be rolled out as per usual. Well done George!

  • on March 30, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    well said Bailey. It's all part and parcel of cricket. You win some and you lose some. It was INDIA'S day for sure but that's how cricket goes in terms of mindset and balance.

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  • on March 30, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    well said Bailey. It's all part and parcel of cricket. You win some and you lose some. It was INDIA'S day for sure but that's how cricket goes in terms of mindset and balance.

  • Jaffa79 on March 30, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    Nice to see Bailey not making excuses. Very Un-Australian. I thought doctoring the ball, DRS or the pitches would be rolled out as per usual. Well done George!

  • Nampally on March 30, 2014, 23:55 GMT

    I feel sorry for Captain Bailey that his batsmen could not execute. A total of 160 appeared winnable, knowing their big totals in earlier matches. But today Indian bowlers bowled their Best! The Aussie batsmen were clearly over matched by the Indian bowling. At 44 for in 7.3 overs, their scoring rate was similar to India's at 66 for 4 in 11.3 overs. The only difference was Yuvraj & Dhoni had plan B whilst the Aussies had none! Maxwell & Bailey who were at the crease both played irrationally trying to hit the ball out of the park & paid the penalty! Bailey himself was guilty with no Plan B, as Dhoni had. As a result, the Aussies tried to show the offence is the best approach as per their plan A. To be honest, India played very responsible Cricket when batting & while fielding. Indian spinners had the Aussies where they wanted. Ashwin & Mishra claimed 6 wkts betn. them in 6.3 overs for just 27 runs. Even the opening bowlers were good. Honestly, the better team won deservedly!

  • looloogun on March 31, 2014, 0:05 GMT

    bowlers win you matches ? when you play only three bowlers you are not playing any positive cricket as you assume australia.t20 is not just the bats clobbering the bowlers look at pakistan they win matches wit bowlers.

  • on March 31, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    I think aus just threw caution to the wind ..they just seemed distracted. warner is not the t20 player he was he still seems to be caught between defence and rash shots! this is ok if some of the backup batsman can consolidate instead of all trying to be the match winner.. there was NO consolidation just players batting as if it was the last over..we still have a long way to go in this form of the game.!!!

  • on March 31, 2014, 0:37 GMT

    It is always a pleasure to beat you Australia!!

  • Hello13 on March 31, 2014, 1:37 GMT

    My advice to Australia would be to hire a coach that actually has tactical nous, rather than just a man who is disrespectful and lacking in class.

  • greenandgold_crickets_bogans on March 31, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    well well... Australias golden summer certainly looks to be over, and back to the cold dark winter it was in pre-Ashes campaign. A total lack of respect for opposing teams and an arrogance that even their mums would disapprove of means that the rest of the cricketing world is laughing collectively at the epic failure of this mob. Thanks for the laughs ozzies.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 31, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Well Bailey personally may feel disappointed -he's not in Aust test side.But for team Aust there's absolutely nothing-I mean 0-need to be after end of a golden season.Couple of t20 L were due to bad luck.Who will rememember it a week from now anyway.

  • on March 31, 2014, 2:43 GMT

    all games under captain Bailey will if CA think Bailey captain material. His poor captaincy resulted a series loss of India ,champions trophy loss and now a w t20 disaster. A poor captain in international level. Oz must make a change there. I think they may change that after 2015 but Bailey didn't deserve to be a intl captain.