Melbourne: Australia skipper George Bailey says he doesn`t regard playing in a World Cup at home as being under pressure but rather a wonderful opportunity ahead of Saturday`s opener with England in Melbourne.
Bailey will lead the Australians into battle against the old enemy before a 90,000 MCG full house in place of Michael Clarke, who was not considered fit enough to play after recent hamstring surgery.
The personable Bailey is lining up for his 57th ODI and said playing in a home World Cup tournament is something a player should cherish.
"I`m certainly not (feeling the pressure), but I have nothing to compare it against," Bailey told reporters on Friday.
"I`m just certainly looking forward to the fact that we get to enjoy some home comforts, enjoy some home support and embrace the opportunity that comes around having a World Cup at home.
"It`s an opportunity you`re born into. It`s pot luck. There have been some amazing Australian sides that have won World Cups all over the world, and some amazing Australian players that never had the opportunity to play at home.
"You can view that as pressure if you like, or you can view that as a wonderful opportunity and an honour. And that`s certainly the way I think we`re trying to approach it."