He still hasn’t recovered from the shock of the mauling in Jaipur but Australia cricket captain George Bailey on Friday said he backs his bowlers to make a strong comeback against the Indians in the third one-dayer in Mohali on Saturday.
India pulled off the second-highest run chase of all time to stun the tourists in the second ODI in Jaipur and make it 1-1 in the seven-match series.
Bailey said he is still quite “surprised” at the way the Indians chased down a mammoth total of 362 the other night but he would back his bowlers.
“Personally, I like to back the group we have,” the 31-year-old right-hander told a pre-match press conference at the PCA stadium in Mohali.
“I want to give them chance that they can get on top of that Indian batting line-up,” he added.
Asked if he had spoken to his bowlers after the Jaipur debacle, Bailey replied, “Am I surprised that they got 362 in 43 overs, yeah, absolutely mate, that was phenomenal. I am still surprised about that a couple of days later, that was a phenomenal batting performance.
“Absolutely we spoke (after the Jaipur game) and we speak after every game whether we win or lose, we always go through and dissect and have a look at what we could do differently. This game (in Jaipur) is no different.”
Bailey lauded his team’s batsmen and said their performance is a massive plus for the visitors.
“I certainly think we have batted quite well. I would never go as far as saying that we have got the measure of the bowlers. I think the wickets we have played on have been very very good batting wickets and it has been challenging for the bowlers on all of those pitches.
“So it is probably more the conditions are in favour of the batsmen rather than anyone having the measure of the other one,” he explained.