George Bailey said that the plan to use three fast-bowlers in the death overs really worked out after Kane Richardson and James Faulkner bowled brilliantly to get rid of the Pakistan batsmen © IANS (File Photo)
George Bailey said that the plan to use three fast-bowlers in the death overs really worked out after Kane Richardson and James Faulkner bowled brilliantly to get rid of the Pakistan batsmen © IANS (File Photo)

Oct 13, 2014

George Bailey, Australia‘s interim skipper for the ongoing series against Pakistan in UAE is happy with the way the Australian side has handled pressure in the series so far and insists that the team should continue the good work in the World Cup where it would matter the most.

Australia won a thriller in the final ODI at Abu Dhabi after all-rounder, Glenn Maxwell dismissed the final two batsmen in the final over when Pakistan required just two runs to win the game, thus helping the Kangaroos to complete a clean sweep of the series 3-0.

“To be honest, I don’t think we played our best cricket over here, appreciating the conditions are different and challenging and we worked hard to prepare for those. The most pleasing thing, for my part, was the fact that we had to battle in every game. Not everything went our way and there weren’t scores of 300,” said Bailey.

“To see our energy and fight and intent to get through difficult phases, and absorb the pressure Pakistan were putting and throw it back on them – I think that was more pleasing. I think that’s the sort of stuff that will happen in World Cups in games that come to the crunch point and then you will have to absorb pressure and stand up and guys will have to deliver match-winning performances. So the more you can find ways to win games like we did tonight, that holds you down the road. But ideally, we are looking to play better cricket as a team,” he added.

He also said that the plan to use three fast-bowlers in the death overs really worked out after Kane Richardson and James Faulkner bowled brilliantly to get rid of the Pakistan batsmen who were well on course to chase down the target of 232 set by Australia batting first.

“The dream scenario is knocking them over in the 42nd over. In my book, it was pretty stressful. The position we were in, I felt that unless we got our quicks in and got some wickets and got ourselves back in the game, then they were going to win the game in the 46th-47th over and that was about where the spin was going to come back into play. In some ways, it’s a risk but we had to try and get back into the game,” said Bailey.

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