Bailey reads `riot act` to Australia`s `lame-duck` batsmen

Updated: Jun 10, 2013, 13:58 PM IST

Sydney: Australia`s stand-in skipper George Bailey has expressed his angst and frustration saying that Australia`s batting had let the team down against England at Edgbaston, just a month before the back to back Ashes campaign.

Bailey acknowledged that Australia`s batting performance will decide the team`s fate in the Champions Trophy tournament, following the disappointing defeat where Australia lost by 48 runs to England in the opening game of the tournament.

Bailey said that either Australia needs to bat well or it will not stand a chance in the tournament, as Australia`s upcoming matches with New Zealand and Sri Lanka will decide the team`s chance of progressing to the semi-finals.

Bailey also urged batsmen Shane Watson, David Warner and Phil Hughes to play to their collective strength of acting on instinct, and insisted that the batsmen must not change their ways of playing but hit the ball each time they get a chance.