<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia wanted to intimidate Indian batsmen in 1st ODI: George Bailey" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130611201915.jpg" title="Australia wanted to intimidate Indian batsmen in 1st ODI: George Bailey" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> George Bailey was especially pleased that his fast bowlers performed as a unit © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Pune: Oct 14, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Australia/post" target="_blank">Australia </a>captain <a href="/tags/George-Bailey/post" target="_blank">George Bailey</a> said that <a href="/tags/Mitchell-Johnson/post" target="_blank">Mitchell Johnson</a> was assigned a specific role to "intimidate" Indian batsmen with raw pace and the left-arm speedster did a "fantastic" job.<br /> <br /> "Mitch — we wanted him to go out there and bowl fast, intimidate batsmen and take wickets. I think he did that. He's going to be important for us to have him firing, the energy he brings in. He led us from the front which is good."<br /> <br /> Bailey was especially pleased that his fast bowlers performed as a unit.<br /> <br /> "Clint [McKay] and Mitchell [Johnson] started fantastically well and made it really hard for the Indian boys to score. Mitch was fast. Jimmy [James Faulkner] got targetted a bit early but fought back very well. It was a fantastic all-round bowling performance, which we need to have in the series as the Indian batting is so strong," Bailey said.<br /> <br /> The Aussie skipper elaborated the individual strengths of McKay and Faulkner.<br /> <br /> "Clint probably is not going to intimidate batsmen as much but he's pretty accurate, swings the ball, so length is going to be pretty important to him. James is a little bit different does a bit of both. He finds ways to keep himself in the game and also takes wickets."<br /> <br /> He also praised the batting of opener <a href="/tags/Aaron-Finch/post" target="_blank">Aaron Finch</a> who completed his second successive half century having started off on a blazing note during the one-off T20 game at Rajkot.<br /> <br /> "I don't think anyone likes facing someone bowling really fast. I think they [Indians] swung the ball nicely up front.<br /> <br /> Finch batted so well he first got two out of 20 balls which is unlike him, but he found a way to get through that [phase] and did not throw it away which is great for us.<br /> <br /> "That was a nice little partnership for us and probably during what was the most dangerous part for us when the Indians can swing the ball," Bailey explained.<br /> <br /> "What is good about Finch is that he has been doing it consistently. When someone is having a partnership with him, the game flows along nicely, just because he's always putting pressure back onto the bowlers.<br /> <br /> Bailey feels that a contribution from most of the players is a good sign as they started the one day series on a good note.<br /> <br /> "The most important thing is the contribution from so many people. We did not rely on someone getting six wickets or getting a big hundred. A lot of them will feel they had a good game tonight which is great."<br /> <br /> Asked about Brad Haddin's freak eye injury that required him to leave the field for medical attention, the skipper didn't forget to do a bit of leg-pulling off his senior glovesman.<br /> <br /> "He [Haddin] came back and kept wickets because his eyes were alright or may be he was nervous as Hughes was keeping so well," he joked.