Australia low on confidence, admits captain Bailey

Jun 19, 2013, 00:34 IST | PA Sport

George Bailey admits confidence within the Australia camp is running dry following their early elimination from the Champions Trophy.

Australia were knocked out of the ODI competition on Monday after a 20-run defeat to Sri Lanka at the Kia Oval. “You’re probably right, there is probably not a great deal of confidence there,” said Bailey, who stood in for injured skipper Michael Clarke for the third straight game on Monday, when it was put to him that spirits were low.

George Bailey
George Bailey

20 runs short
Australia needed to reach 254 within 29.1 overs to secure second place in Group ‘A’, but they fell 20 runs short with seven and half overs left despite a 41-run last wicket partnership between Clint McKay (30) and Xavier Doherty (15 not out).

Bailey thinks Australia were fighting a losing battle once they lost to England by 48 runs in their first group game. “We said at the start that you need to start the competition well in order to get your confidence up so losing to England was a major cock-up,”  Bailey said.

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