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

Captain Bailey's 'most disappointing game'


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. Clichéd, 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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  • Sarang 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.

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


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

  • ultra 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2014, 9:17 GMT

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

  • Cameron 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.

  • AMAR 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.

  • RAJARAMAN 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

  • KISH 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

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