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George Bailey aims to end trophy drought in triangular series final against South Africa

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George Bailey is satisfied with the way the youngsters are shaping up in his side © AFP

Sep 5, 2014

Australia skipper George Bailey has donned the One-Day International (ODI) outfit for Australia as a captain for more than 40 times but he never got the opportunity to lifet a trophy in this shorter format of the game.

He could only hoist a trophy once in Sydney but that too he had to share with Mahela Jayawardene of Sri Lanka as the five match series finished 2-2 last year. This happened because one of the games was washed out in Sydney, reported the Official Cricket Australia Website.

Bailey now has a trophy in the offing as Australia will take on South Africa in the final of the triangular series at the Harare Sports Club on Saturday. This will be his chance to better change his records after taking over from Michael Clarke who pulled out of the series and flew back to Australia because of a hamstring injury.

Bailey said in an interview, “It’s always difficult when Pup (Clarke) is here and in and out – you don’t want that unsettled nature but it’s something I do enjoy.”

He further added, “I get a lot of satisfaction out of seeing a guy like Mitchell Marsh play the way he did the other day (with an unbeaten 86 from 51 balls against South Africa), and seeing guys like Kane Richardson come in and perform a role really well. That’s something I find really satisfying. Like giving the ball to Maxi (part-time spinner Glenn Maxwell) and he gets an early wicket, those things are great. They take the focus off your own game which is always a good thing.”

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