Bailey says ‘ninth-placed’ Australia capable of winning T2O WC

Sydney: Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey believes his ninth-placed team has formidable chances of winning the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka, which would start from September 18.

Australia’s opening clash is against 10th-ranked Ireland in Colombo on September 19 and the Irish have been talking up their chances of upsetting Bailey’s men, who lost a T20 series to Pakistan 2-1 in Dubai earlier this week.

Australia’s win in game three against Pakistan was built on a national-record stand of 111 between openers Shane Watson (47) and David Warner (59).

“If they fire for us, we’re very hard to beat. But I don’t think they’re the only ways we can win. When other teams look at us, they’re two batsmen they’d focus very heavily on,’ the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Bailey, as saying.

“But if you look through our batting order and our bowling attack, there’s plenty of guys there who have won games off their own bat,” he added.

Bailey is part of a middle-order that failed to fire against Pakistan during their limited over series in UAE, and the Tasmanian is averaging 23.80 in his seven-game career.

However, Bailey did manage a career-best 42 in game two in Dubai, and asked if his 42 off off 27 balls against Pakistan came as a relief, he said: “A little. It’s not something that I go out to bat and I feel it’s hanging over me.”

“But captain or not, your job is to be holding your place and performing. So it was nice to get some runs,” he added.