Bailey content heading to Sri Lanka
Australian captain thinks his squad is in good shape ahead of the ICC World Twenty20
Australian captain George Bailey in action during the second T20I against Pakistan in Dubai on September 7.
Australia T20 captain George Bailey thinks his squad is in good shape as they make their way to the sub-continent for the ICC World Twenty20.
A comprehensive 94–run victory in the third T20I against Pakistan in Dubai served as a timely boost to his team after losing the first two matches.
Bailey said: "I think it's a great win for us. We've worked really hard, particularly since that opening game which was so disappointing for us. So I think since then we've played some really good cricket, I thought we were good the other night and even better tonight.
"I think momentum's an important thing, and confidence is an important thing, but I guess it's what you do with that then and it's not getting too complacent or too carried away with it. I think we're good, but you've then got to go out and replicate it in Sri Lanka."
Bailey was full of praise for opening batsmen David Warner (59) and Shane Watson (47) who laid the platform for victory with a stand of 111 off 64 balls - a record partnership for Australia for any wicket in T20.
"We know they're absolutely dynamite when they come off," Bailey said.
"So the pleasing thing from my point of view was their intent and positiveness, and I know for the batters waiting in the sheds, when we're seeing Shane Watson and Dave Warner bat like that as a pair, that's awesome for us."
Australia’s first warm-up match in Sri Lanka takes place on Saturday (September 15) against New Zealand in Colombo.