London: Australia`s stand-in captain George Bailey has admitted that his team is heading towards next month`s Ashes series with `not a great deal of confidence`.
Bailey`s statement came after the defeat by Sri Lanka that saw Australia eliminated from the ICC Champions Trophy with two defeats and a washout in Group A, all completed without the injured Michael Clarke.
Stating that there is a lack of confidence in the team, Bailey, however, defended the team`s sentiments, saying that it is a very different mindset, going from a one-day tournament to a Test series, adding that he is confident about having success in the Ashes as they tend to bring out something special in both sides.
According to Bailey, inspite of any prediction, the first Test at Trent Bridge and its result will dictate how the summer plays out.
However, Bailey gave a hint of better news for Australia by suggesting that captain Michael Clarke may be fit for the first Ashes Test in three weeks` time, adding that had Clarke got a bit more training under his belt in the last couple of days, and had it been a 50-over tournament instead of a one-day series, he would have a good chance of playing this game.
Sri Lanka has progressed to the semi-finals, where they will face India on Thursday. England, meanwhile, will take on South Africa on Wednesday after this result ensured they finished as Group A winners.