Ranchi: Shami Ahmed has managed to get the attention of the Australian team. After his team was tormented by Shami’s swing and pace, Australia captain George Bailey admitted that they will be aware of the Shami threat for the rest of the series.
“Probably what this wicket did different than the others is that it swung and seamed and spat a little bit, particularly at the start. Obviously Shami bowled very well. He’s someone we hadn’t seen and he was a little quicker than what we expected. He certainly got a bit of movement off the seam. That’s something to be pretty aware of for the rest of the series.
That’s obviously what’s going to be coming at us. Having said that, from the moment Glenn Maxwell strode to the crease he made it look like a different wicket,” Bailey said at the media conference.
Though the match didn’t yield a result, Bailey said that he was confident about defending their total (295). “We were confident, but I’m sure India were as well.
“And certainly with the pace that Mitch was generating early on, it looked like he was going to be quite difficult to play at different stages of the game,” Bailey said.
Wednesday’s called-off match has also ruined the Aussies’ chances of going for the No.1 spot in ODI rankings. They needed a 6-1 victory, which is not possible now. But Bailey insisted no one in his team is thinking about the rankings.
“I don’t think anyone is thinking about the No.1 ranking. It’s more about just each and every game.”
And though he was the highest scorer in the Australian innings with a score of 98, he doesn’t think it was one of his good knocks. “I was dropped twice… I was a bit frustrated out there and found it quite difficult.
“I think Maxwell’s innings was absolutely superb. We’ve seen his hitting before and we’ve seen how he can take games away late in an innings. But to come in with the team under pressure, with the ball still doing a little bit, I thought he summed it up beautifully. ”