Calcutta: Australia captain George Bailey is determined to claim the only big title Australia’s trophy cabinet doesn’t have — World T20 title.
“It’s the one trophy that we don’t have in our cabinet. We are trying to rectify that. It’s a bit of a process. There was a period when Australia didn’t take T20 cricket as seriously as we should have. But I think that has changed. It doesn’t change overnight as it takes bit of time to catch up,” Bailey was quoted as saying, at the pre-event media conference in Colombo on Thursday, by the ICC website.
Bailey who captains just the T20 team, believes it is the hardest job.
“We usually do not get more than five or six days to spend as a group so it is hard to get consistency. Only this time we have spent 10-12 days together. It is good because we get to know each other within the group,” Bailey said.
The other big motivating factor is Australia’s position on the ICC T20 Championship table. Currently ranked ninth, Australia even slipped below Ireland on the table last week.
Bailey however played down the pressure of the rankings. “It is not somewhere we would like to be. We have not been disgraceful in this format or overwhelmed.”