Michael Clarke could return for the next game: Bailey

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: June 13, 2013, 8:39 AM IST
Michael Clarke could return for the next game: Bailey

Edgbaston: The stand-in Australian skipper George Bailey says that he is happy with the team's performance but it is disappointing that the match ended with no result.

The Champions Trophy Group A match between Australia and New Zealand was abandoned because of rain at Edgbaston on Wednesday. New Zealand had reached 51 for 2 from 15 overs chasing 244 for victory when rain forced the players off the field and the umpires called the game off.

In an interview to ICC Champions Trophy website Bailey said that David Warner is one of the best teammate, and he never had any problems with batsman. Warner missed Wednesday's match against New Zealand following an off-field altercation with England player, according to Cricket Australia (CA). England captain Alastair Cook later confirmed the identity of the player as batsman Joe Root.

"I really enjoy playing cricket with him. I love playing cricket with him. I love his enthusiasm and his energy around the group. I love the way he plays. You know, I wish I had the talent that he does, and I think he's a particularly generous teammate, very giving. I'm looking forward to hopefully playing a lot more cricket with him in whatever career I have."

When asked about the fitness of the regular skipper Michael Clarke, Bailey said that they are missing him as a cricketer and as a leader, and are expecting him to return for the next match. "Ideally you'd like your captains fit and playing with you, there is no doubt about that. But you can only deal with the circumstances that you're dealt, and I think we have. If we lose our best player, then the challenge is for someone to step up. Someone like Adam Voges who has been an outstanding touch, has stepped into that middle-order role really well for us, not only there, but off the field too. He stepped into quite a strong leadership role as well. So, that's really pleasing for me to see."

First Published: June 13, 2013, 8:39 AM IST

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