The Telegraph
Wednesday , April 2 , 2014
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Bailey: Huge consolation

Calcutta: Australia tasted success when they scripted a consolation seven-wicket victory over Bangladesh to round off their disappointing ICC World Twenty20 campaign on Tuesday.

Australia captain George Bailey felt failure to get their basics right led to their disastrous performance.

The following are excerpts

George Bailey: We have been playing good cricket, but weren’t getting the results. Even though it came a bit late, still the win is a huge consolation for us. It is hell of a lot better result than if it had gone the other way. We played some nice cricket today... Today, we did all the things that we wanted to do throughout the tournament. While batting, we picked the right balls, picked the right gaps and the bowling was good as well. Fast bowling is our strength and today we opted for a seam-dominated attack. We just wanted to hit them up with a bit of pace.

When we go back and sit down to assess our performances, we have to see whether we did our basics right or not. I think it’s still a game of basics. We just haven’t done that well enough in crunch games and lost them.

Mushfiqur Rahim: I think we needed a few more runs on the board. In the end we couldn’t finish well. After losing a couple of early wickets, we did well to recover. The wicket was very good for the batsmen. Getting something in excess of 160 would have been good.

The wicket wasn’t turning too much and our spinners weren’t getting much purchase out of it. And fast bowling is not our strength. David Warner and Aaron Finch batted extremely well up front and a dropped catch was tough on us as well.

Aaron Finch (MoM): Yes I am happy with my knock. Still, it’s disappointing that it’s come in this game when we are already out. But it’s nice to finish off with a win though. I think the wicket got better as the game progressed. I must also credit the bowlers. The way we started with the ball was great. Before coming here, we were in South Africa as well. We had to adjust to the wickets there also.