George Bailey

George Bailey felt England did well to restrict Australia to 221 in their match during ICC Champions Trophy 2013 © Getty Images

Birmingham: Jun 9, 2013

Australia‘s stand-in skipper George Bailey said they could not get the momentum going as their batting let them down against England in their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 opener at Birmingham on Saturday.

“We couldn’t get any momentum and well done to England — they restricted us well. The scoreline flattered us a little; it was the batting which let us down,” said Bailey, who was the top-scorer with a 55 off 69 balls for Australia.

“It was a batting wicket but it slowed in the end. If it continues to be dry, we need to consider a spinner. We need to get the balance right, we need to get partnership going, that needs to be addressed. We have to turn around things,” added Bailey, whose team was restricted to 221 for nine while chasing 270 to win.

He, however, felt that his bowlers did a good job in restricting England to 269-6.

“From 170 for one, we did a really job to pull it back with the ball,” he said.

Asked about James Faulkner, who scored an unbeaten 54 down the order, Bailey said, “James Faulkner is a very good cricketer and every time he gets challenged he steps up and adapts quickly.”

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