Bailey believes he can lead Australia to victory in future tournaments
Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has announced that he would like to continue leading the national side, despite losing in the semi-finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 to the West Indies.
Bailey stated that the semi-final finish in the World Twenty20 was just the starting point of great things to come if he continued leading the side.
Bailey added that he would like to concentrate on furthering his career in the longer formats as well since Australia will not play another Twenty20 International till January.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Bailey as saying: “I’m keen to play as much cricket for Australia as I can. I just said to the guys then I’ve really enjoyed the five weeks we’ve had together, it’s an eternity for a T20 team and it’s the first time that I’ve felt it’s become a team. In the last few months we’ve started to treat our T20 team like our one-day team and our Test team in the way we pick it. We’re trying to look for that consistency with guys in their spots and starting to respect the way T20 is played.”
However, even though Bailey is proud of how far Australia made it in the World Twenty20, he noted that not being able to win the tournament hurt as well.
“It stings that we haven’t won this tournament. Australian cricket’s very proud of what it’s achieved and we haven’t won a World Twenty20 tournament so that hurts, all you can do in Twenty20 is give yourself a chance to get to the knockout stages and then play your best cricket. We ticked the first bit. We just got outplayed,” Bailey added.