George Bailey (picture above) has backed Michael Clarke saying that the captain would bounce back in the upcoming cricketing summer at home and produce big runs as well as results © Getty Images (File Photo)
George Bailey (picture above) has backed Michael Clarke saying that the captain would bounce back in the upcoming cricketing summer at home and produce big runs as well as results © Getty Images (File Photo)

Nov 11, 2014

In response to the abuse of Australia captain, Michael Clarke and his captaincy during the recently concluded Test series at UAE against Pakistan which Australia ended up on the losing note of a 2-0 whitewash; vice-captain, George Bailey has backed him saying that the captain would bounce back in the upcoming cricketing summer at home and produce big runs as well as results.

Australia lost to Pakistan by a combined margin of a massive 557 runs. Clarke was able to add just 57 runs to the Australian combined total with an average of just 14.25. Australia failed miserably in the bowling department as well as they claimed only 11 wickets from the three innings they bowled.

Speaking on Clarke to Sydney Morning Herald, Bailey said, “If you look at his record it speaks for itself. It’s obviously a position people care a lot about. The Australian cricket team means a lot to a lot of people, so that’s a great thing for cricket. But I’ll back ‘Pup’ to the hilt in terms of his performance and what he’s done. If you look at his record as a player, he responds pretty well to pressure and generally goes out and does the one thing, and that’s score big runs.”

“The hard thing to look at is just how different the conditions were they’ve just come from. I’m backing him to respond the one way that we know he does, and that’s with steely determination and big runs. When he’s doing that, that’s a great thing for us to feed off us a group,” he added.

Australia start their build-up to the World Cup campaign with the five-match ODI series against South Africa, scheduled to begin from Friday.

He said, “That’s not a bad way of looking at it. I wouldn’t like to be a selector at the moment, looking at our group. We’ve got a lot of guys around the country playing a lot of good cricket. It’s going to be hard to nut that out.”

“This really is a big series for us in terms of finding out exactly where we stand and what we need to fine-tune to make sure we kick-start our World Cup preparations as well as we can. And then a huge Test series against India. That’s become a bigger and bigger Test series as the years have gone on. We owe them a bit after the drubbing they gave us over there,” he added.

Bailey also believes that South Africa could do well at the World Cup and thus they consider this series as an important tool to check them out and to mend things before the mega-event gets underway from February 14, next year.