Colombo: George Bailey does not think his team is over-dependent on Shane Watson. The all-rounder made 51 off 30 balls and took three for 26 against Ireland, and followed it up with an unbeaten 41 and two for 29 against the West Indies.
"I don't know whether you can call it over-dependence on Watson just because he has performed well in both the games… He is a very good player, he is good with the ball and he is an outstanding batsman," Australia's T20 captain said on Thursday.
"He is one of the players that opposition teams fear when they run into him. At the moment, one of his strengths is his consistency, so he is dependable, but I am not sure if we are over-dependent on him."
Does he feel his team is over-dependant on Watson and David Warner? "They are able to provide us with an urgent start. There is no doubt that they are key wickets because they can take the game away. I guess they are crucial but we are not at a stage where the rest of us are just making the numbers," Bailey tried to counter.
Bailey also did not wish to get into the widely-held view that the middle-order wasn't ready for the challenge, having not spent much time in the middle.
"The middle order is very happy. I know it's a tough one now but you just got to prepare and train well. It's not that any of these guys haven't played a lot, in fact we have played a lot against the guys we are coming up against," he said.
He laughed off suggestions that this was a grudge match for him after having often made to sit out on the Chennai Super Kings bench. In fact, he revealed that he has learnt a lot watching Mahendra Singh Dhoni.