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Australia face uphill battle

Update : 18 Mar 2014, 06:47 PM

Australia will face a tough task as they attempt to win their first World Twenty20 as they have been placed in the same group with defending champions the West Indies, as well as two former winners India and Pakistan.

Bangladesh look likely to join the group in the Super 10 phase and Australian captain George Bailey, who was recently appointed the captain of Kings XI Punjab for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, acknowledged yesterday that his side have a difficult road ahead of them.

 “We’ve got a very challenging group, no doubt about that. So certainly the way we’re looking at it is, if we progress through the group, we’ll be playing some very good T20 cricket,” said the 31-year-old batsman yesterday.

Nonetheless, Australia’s recent form makes them one of the favourites to lift the trophy. Not only have they won their last five games against South Africa and England but they thoroughly outplayed their opponents in both batting and bowling in those games. Bailey was cautious in assessing his side as the best though.

 “Whether it’s our best team, I guess we’ll find out in the next few weeks.

“As far as balance goes, I think it’s probably the team that gives us the most options in terms of batting and bowling that we’ve ever put together,” said the man from Tasmania.

“I’m really happy with our pace battery. One of the important things in subcontinent conditions is to either have really good pace, or to have guys who swing the ball. With the addition of Doug (Bollinger), along with Mitchell Starc and Nathan Coulter-Nile, I think we’ve got three guys who bowl at really good pace and can all swing the ball, so that’s really important for us. The other thing is, you have to be able to finish at the other end too, and those guys have all got really good skills at the death,” he added.

The captain went on to admit that the subcontinent teams’ familiarity with the conditions gave them some advantage compared to others. Asked about the matter, Bailey replied, “I would imagine so, and that’s not selling any of the western countries short. Playing in your own conditions, there’s a comfort there, and there’s a knowledge that it might take teams a little bit to adjust to.”

He went on to add, “I think we have played a lot in India, and I don’t think the conditions will be much different from that, so it’s not going to be altogether foreign for us.”                   



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