Bailey happy with team changes
Second game loss related to change in personnel
Was the man of the match for his fielding
Australia’s T20I captain George Bailey has come out in defence of his team’s decision to make big changes in the playing XI for the second T20I against India, which India won by 8 wickets giving themselves a morale boost ahead of the upcoming ODI tri-series.
Australia chose to rest James Faulkner and Daniel Christian for the second T20I, who both played a role in the first T20I win against India.
The absence of these two players did have a significant impact of the match’s result, as Australia were restricted to a low total of 131. And India managed to grab their first win on the current Australian tour thanks to their excellent performance in fielding.
The win levelled the two match series for India at 1-1, thus preventing Australia from handing India another whitewash. The response from India will have definitely surprised the Aussie players, and they will now need to reconsider a few things before the tri-series.
But, Bailey defended this decision and stated that he had to assess the entire squad’s ability to know their strengths and shortcomings. And, he feels that this experimentation was required at some point of time before the T20 World Cup in September.
Bailey said, “One of the things we wanted to get out of the week was trying a few different people in different spots. Going forward Wadey is going to have opportunities at the top and in the middle.”
While insisting that it was time to work more on fixing up players for particular roles and positions, he continued: “While it was a great opportunity this week to try some people and try them in different areas and at different times with the bat and the ball, at some stage we have to start honing in.”
“I thought this week worked really well in terms of having a look at some different people,” added Bailey.