Our pride has made things ‘so uncomfortable’ for England, says George Bailey

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“The aggressive way we play is a mantra”

Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has announced that the national team’s pride has made things “so uncomfortable” for England.

Bailey’s comments come after Australia whitewashed England 5-0 in the recently concluded Ashes series and hold a 1-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series.

“We take a little bit of pride in it,” Bailey said. “I guess in terms that we are making it so uncomfortable for guys whether that’s through form or fitness. I don’t think any of them are related and it could just be a coincidence that three have happened to do that. In the way we’ve played and the intensity and the media build-up of a series, it has been pretty big. There’s no doubt there’s been a lot of scrutiny.

“I think it is always challenging when you are a long way from home and from family and the things you know. With the shoe on the other foot we’ve been in that situation before and know how challenging it is. For us to have that advantage to be at home and to see our loved ones and to be in pretty comfortable surroundings, that’s probably something that is fortunate for us.”

However, even though Australia are on cloud nine at the moment, Bailey admitted that he was starting to get “sick of the sledging”.

“I’m sick of the sledging stuff to be honest,” he said. “Just because you’re aggressive, that seems to be a thing that everyone jumps towards. There’s always stuff that’s going to be said, I wouldn’t read into the fact that just because there’s two guys talking out there every time that they’re ripping each other’s heads off. There are a lot of blokes out there who get a long pretty well. There’s a lot of times that you’re having a joke or talking about plenty of things. The aggressive way we play is a mantra that is as much about the cricket as opposed to everything else.”

Bailey also noted that Australia will adopt a more “aggressive” approach and “attacking” mindset in ODIs as they start preparing for the 2015 World Cup.

“We hope that it is a brand of cricket that will take us onwards and upwards,” he said. “We hope it’s a type of cricket that will not only be good enough for England in this series but will be good enough for the world come February next year.”

Bailey added that he expects many other teams to start getting their “squad and team balance right” in the next few months.

“I would be surprised if all teams aren’t starting to have one eye on their planning and to get their squad and team balance right,” he said. “England probably have a slight advantage in they get to play a five-game series this close to it.”

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