Bailey wants to lead Australia into a new era in T20
George Bailey is determined to claim the only big title Australia's trophy cabinet doesn't have
George Bailey, the Australian captain, admitted it didn't take Twenty20 cricket seriously in its days.
Australia captain George Bailey is keen for his side to claim the ICC World Twenty20 title for the first-time ever.
Bailey informed that his side is desperate to change its record in the format, especially at the ICC World Twenty20 which starts from September 18, since it is the only title it does not possess.
“It’s the one trophy that we don’t have in our cabinet. We are trying to rectify that. It’s a bit of a process. There was a period when Australia didn’t take T20 cricket as seriously as we should have. But I think that has changed. It doesn’t change overnight as it takes bit of time to catch up,” Bailey said at the pre-event media conference in Colombo on Thursday.
Bailey who captains just the Twenty20 team, believes it is the hardest job. "We usually do not get more than five or six days to spend as a group so it is hard to get consistency. Only this time we have spent 10-12 days together first playing Pakistan in the UAE and now have a couple of more practice games. It is good because we get to know each other within the group,'' informed Bailey.
The other big motivating factor is Australia's position on the Reliance ICC T20 Championship table. Currently ranked ninth, Australia even slipped below Ireland on the table last week.
Bailey however played down the pressure of the rankings. "It is not somewhere we would like to be. We have not been disgraceful in this format or overwhelmed. I think T20 is the hardest format to get consistency,'' concluded Bailey.