He still hasn’t recovered from the shock of the mauling in Jaipur but Australia captain George Bailey said he backs his bowlers to make a strong comeback against the Indians on Saturday.
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 said in a pre-match press conference. “I want to give them chance that they can get on top of that Indian batting line-up,” he added.
The Australian captain said that he had a word with the bowlers. “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.
Talking about team strategy, Bailey said all-rounder Shane Watson would be persisted with in the number three slot. “At the moment, it is working well for us, I don’t see any reason of change. He has put the Indian spinners on the back-foot, that is really important for us,” he said.
On whether he would prefer pitches that offer some help to the bowlers, Bailey said the conditions have certainly been a challenge for the Aussies.
“(But) that is the beauty of the game, that is what makes touring India such a challenge, that’s what makes India comes to Australia such a challenge for them...that’s the game, it is fantastic. It would be boring if every wicket was the same, it would be boring if every wicket was flat, it would be boring if every wicket was the same for the spinners.”
Assessing the Mohali track, Bailey said it does seem a lot more lively than the flat decks the visitors have played on so