Batting let us down: Bailey

Updated: June 9, 2013, 8:33 AM IST
Batting let us down: Bailey

Birmingham: Australia's stand-in skipper George Bailey on Saturday said they could not get the momentum going as their batting let them down against England in their Champions Trophy opener.

"We couldn't get any momentum and well done to England - they restricted us well. The scoreline flattered us a little; it was the batting which let us down," said Bailey, who was the top-scorer with a 69-ball 55 for Australia.

"It was a batting wicket but it slowed in the end. If it continues to be dry, we need to consider a spinner.

"We need to get the balance right, we need to get partnership going, that needs to be addressed. We have to turn around things," added Bailey, whose team was restricted to 221-9 while chasing 270 to win.

Bailey, however, felt that his bowlers did a good job in restricting England to 269-6.

"From 1/170 we did a really job to pull it back with the ball," he said.

Asked about James Faulkner, who scored an unbeaten 54 down the order, Bailey said, "James Faulkner is a very good cricketer and every time he gets challenged he steps up and adapts quickly."

England skipper Alastair Cook said it was an allround performance which helped his team notch up a comprehensive 48-run victory over Australia and start their Champions trophy campaign on a perfect note at Edgbaston.

"It was a good performance overall, the pitch got slower and lower after 30 overs," Cook said after his team restricted Australia to 221-9 after posting 269 for six while batting first.

The English team were 188 for two at one stage but a mini-collapse stopped their run flow and skipper Cook said they should have crossed the 300-run mark.

"We should have got around 300 from where we were at 180 for 2 but credit to them, they bowled well and we lost three wickets but then I thought 270 was good enough," Cook said.

Cook also singled out James Anderson and Stuart Broad for producing a disciplined bowling effort.

"When they were 30 off 10, I thought Jimmy and Broady were exceptional. We didn't give many freebies, that is what you expect from your bowlers.

"Jimmy is a great bowler, he just keeps getting better and better and we are lucky to have him," he added.

Man of the Match Ian Bell, who scored 91 in 115 balls, said, "It was nice to get a decent score, I have been getting a lot of 30s and getting out. I was pleased to give us a good platform. I have enjoyed opening, it's nice to play some shots at the top of the order.

"The wicket was different to the ones we are used to, the pace went out of it halfway through our innings but to get to 180-2 meant we were in a good position."

First Published: June 9, 2013, 8:33 AM IST

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