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IPL-8: Time to regroup & refocus: Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey

After finishing runners-up in the last IPL, Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey aims to get off to a positive start against Rajasthan Royals at their new 'home ground' Pune's MCA Stadium tonight

Pune: George Bailey, skipper of Kings XI Punjab — the IPL 2014 season runners-up — yesterday said his team has been training hard and aims to get off to a positive start against Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when the two sides clash here at their new 'home ground' Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium today.

George Bailey
George Bailey 

"It's been a quick preparation for a lot of our guys. But the whole squad has been playing a lot of cricket. We are ready for the new season challenge.

We had a very good season last year but it's time for us to regroup and move forward and focus on this year," Bailey was quoted as saying by iplt20.com.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell 

Their first opposition of the season, Royals have a strong line-up led by Shane Watson.

Asked about their strategy to tackle Australians James Faulkner and Steve Smith, who come into IPL riding on good form, Bailey replied: "The beauty of that is we have got a lot of Australians too and have lot of faith in each other.

Rajasthan Royals players during a training session at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday. Pic/Suresh KK
Rajasthan Royals players during a training session at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday. Pic/Suresh KK 

So we can target specific areas that we can try and exploit any weakness, if they have."

Kings XI have their own demolition man in Glenn Maxwell. Bailey said: "His role hasn't really changed from last season. He is obviously hard for other teams to pin down, probably has a wider range of shots than anyone else in the world."

552
The number of runs Glenn Maxwell scored in the last IPL for Kings XI Punjab to finish third behind KKR's Robin Uthappa (660 runs) and CSK's Dwayne Smith (566 runs) in the batting charts

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