Home > News >

George Bailey supports Australia’s decision to rest key players for remaining ODIs against England

George Bailey (above) is surprised at Michael Clarke's inclusion in the final ODI against England at Adelaide © Getty Images
George Bailey (above) is surprised at Michael Clarke’s inclusion in the final ODI against England at Adelaide © Getty Images

Jan 25, 2014

Australia’s George Bailey has come out in support of his team’s decision to rest a clutch of key players in the final two One-Day Internationals (ODIs) against England and was also surprised at skipper Michael Clarke’s inclusion for the final game at Adelaide.

“I’m surprised that Pup [Clarke] is actually coming back after just missing one. I thought he might miss two. Don’t get me wrong, you want to win every game you play. But given how crammed the schedule is, if you do get an opportunity to rest a few of the guys, you take the opportunity,” said Bailey who was happy to hand over the captaincy to Clarke and also maintained that the decision to rest important players was for the good of the team as a whole.

“I don’t think any of the players have got an issue with the fact those guys had earned a rest. There’s some huge series coming up, particularly that Test series in South Africa,” said Bailey as reported by Sydney Morning Herald.

The main players rested were Clarke, Shane Watson, Brad Haddin and David Warner, during the fourth ODI at Perth, which also saw England registering their first win on the tour by 57 runs.

Though Clarke and Watson are set to play the fifth ODI, Warner and Haddin are still going to be rested keeping next month’s South Africa tour in mind.

Apart from the above mentioned players, fast-bowler Mitchell Johnson is also being rested to prep him up for the South Africa series. Australia have already clinched the series 3-1 and the final ODI remains of academic interest for both players and spectators.

England had put up a challenging total of 316 and they dismissed Australia for 259 despite a magnificent 108 from Aaron Finch.

The win must have brought a sigh of relief to England skipper Alastair Cook’s face after his side had lost almost all games on the ongoing tour previously.

“With what I’ve learned over the past three years, it would be wrong to change so close to a World Cup. During the last four or five days, I have done quite a lot of talking to the guys,” said Cook who had hinted at relinquishing the ODI captaincy after the huge losses but is now determined to lead his side in the 2015 ICC World Cup.

“Sometimes you do need a bit of reassurance when you’ve lost a lot of games on a tour. When you chat to some guys you trust and respect, and find out what they’re thinking, it gives you the confidence [to go on],” added Cook.

Cook was full of praise for all rounder Ben Stokes, who scored 70 and also picked up a four-wicket haul to earn the Man-of-the-Match. Stokes has also previously done well at the WACA after he had scored his maiden Test century at the ground in December.

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 6, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Galle

India tour of England 2014

Aug 7, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at Manchester

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014 (13:30 IST)   at Harare

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Colombo

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014 (15:30 IST)   at London

More

India tour of England 2014

Jul 27, 2014  at Southampton

England won by 266 runs

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 100 runs

South Africa tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Jul 24, 2014  at Colombo

Match drawn

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 22, 2014  at Bulawayo

Afghanistan won by 2 wkts

Afghanistan tour of Zimbabwe, 2014

Jul 20, 2014  at Bulawayo

Zimbabwe won by 8 wkts

Photos

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test

Videos

Highlights of Phil Hughes' double ton

Moeen Ali grabs six wickets as England trounce India by 266 runs in 3rd Test at Southampton

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: A symbol of genius encompassing almost two decades

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: Long live the King

Alastair Cook England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 South Africa South Africa tour of Sri Lanka 2014 South Africa vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs South Africa Sri Lanka vs South Africa 2014

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Bishan Singh Bedi questions India’s team selection

James Anderson’s exploits amaze former India captain Kapil Dev

India vs England 2014, Day 5 of 3rd Test at Southampton: Moeen Ali unlikely star as hosts wrap it up in style

Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell vindicate England’s belief

Alastair Cook says he is glad to get back to winning ways after thumping win against India in 3rd Test

India vs England 2014, 3rd Test at Southampton: Reasons for India’s heavy defeat

10 little known facts about Jacques Kallis

Moeen Ali spins India into trouble: Will he stun them again on Day 5 at Southampton?

Jacques Kallis retires from international cricket: How an Indian fan remembers the South African legend

A Harry Potter XI

Fan of the Day

Fan Cricket

Fan Cricket

11 Posts | 2 Fans

Brazil vs Netherlands, 3rd place Fifa World Cup 2014 match Video Highlights

BlackBerry to acquire Secusmart; Open to more such acquisitions

Rajkummar Rao excited to romance Hema Malini in Shimla Mirchi!

Rafael to miss rest of Man Utd’s tour of the USA with groin injury

Moeen Ali, Alastair Cook and Ian Bell vindicate England’s belief

Dia Mirza and Sahil Sangha to marry on October 18!

Prevent Diabetes Tip – get regular health check-ups

India vs England 2014, Day 5 of 3rd Test at Southampton: Moeen Ali unlikely star as hosts wrap it up in style

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact photos and specifications leaked

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here