Amid speculation that Steven Smith could get Australia's ODI captaincy, former skipper Ricky Ponting has backed George Bailey to do the job in the World Cup if Michael Clarke fails to recover from his injury.
India retained the number two spot in the latest Reliance ODI team rankings while Virat Kohli maintained the number two position with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni static at the seventh place in the batting chart released here.
With the optimism over Michael Clarke`s fitness for the test series against India fading fast, Australia`s selectors will have to ponder their captaincy options as well as the make-up of their bowling attack over the next week.
Unfit Michael Clarke could miss the upcoming India Test series as the Australian captain continues to canvass all possible options including hamstring surgery. He has injured the same leg three times in as many months in Zimbabwe, UAE and in Perth, on the eve of first one-dayer against South Africa.
Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson Saturday backed George Bailey to fill in for Michael Clarke in the 2015 World Cup if the regular skipper's recurring hamstring problems keep him away from leading the hosts in the tournament.
George Bailey will continue to captain Australia for at least the second one-day international against South Africa with regular skipper Michael Clarke in serious doubt to be fit for the rest of the series.
Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey has expressed disappointment over his team's loss in the Champions League T20 semifinals to Chennai Super Kings, saying that the players did not play to their potential.
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey is confident that the team will maintain consistency and give its best shot in the Oppo Champions League T20 semi-finals clash against Chennai Super Kings at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium, here tomorrow.
A keen battle is on the cards when IPL teams Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings clash in the semi-finals of the Oppo Champions League T20 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket stadium here on Thursday.