Bailey defends Oz team's culture after criticism from Ricky Ponting

Sydney, Oct 14 (ANI): Australia's one-day captain George Bailey has launched a spirited defense of the team's culture, claiming it is easy to make allegations when the side is not performing.

According to News.com.au, Ricky Ponting also questioned the transformation of the team's culture over the past decade, specifically related to the attitude towards unwinding with teammates in the change rooms after play.

However, speaking after Australia's commanding 72-run victory over India to open the seven-match series, Bailey, who is stepping in while Clarke recovers from a back injury, jumped on the front foot, the report said.

Bailey said that it was easy to raise questions when the team was not winning, adding that it is the first thing that people talk about.

He said that it is hard to define culture and it is not something one trains.

Bailey pointed to Australia's teams from the early 2000s which were dominant on the field, and have been described as having a strong team culture, the report added.

Those teams often dealt with rifts between star players, a point that Bailey believes is overlooked because of their on-field success, the report further said. (ANI)

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