Champions League deputy Bailey 'comes out stronger' from Oz flop in 'wake-up call' ODI series against England

Sydney, May 3 (ANI): Australia's Twenty20 captain George Bailey, who has been newly appointed as the vice-captain for the ICC Champions Trophy squad, said that he has come out more stronger from the adverse results of the one-day series against England last year, which was clean-swept by their rivals 0-4.

Stating that the series was a 'good wake-up call' for him, Bailey, who made an impressive 149 runs at an average of 49.67 in that series, said that it not only muted skepticism about whether he merited a place in the team, but also boosted his self-confidence, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

According to Bailey, the series made him think that he can perform at that level in difficult circumstances against England, whom he considers a very strong rival, adding that this feeling made him lose all his fears and bolstered his confidence about the Champions Trophy.

Stating that he feared about being lethargic and flat ahead of the eight-nation tournament in England, Bailey said that however, the different faces, the new challenge and the opportunity to rectify his performance in four-day cricket had helped him get over the fears.

Meanwhile, Bailey admitted that the reason behind a dismal Sheffield Shield season, during which he averaged only 18.29, is that he adapted badly to the regular shifts between four-day and limited-overs matches, adding that he had also become complacent.

While he is yet to graduate to the Test team, he averaged 53.83 in last summer's one-dayers, with his most notable contributions were a sparkling 89 against Sri Lanka and a brilliant unbeaten 125 against the West Indies, the report added. (ANI)


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