Bailey to miss clash against England in Hobart

Bailey to miss clash against England in Hobart


Melbourne:  Australia will need a new one-day captain for their third Carlton Mid ODI Tri-Series match after George Bailey was suspended for his side’s slow over-rate in yesterday’s tense win over India. It means, Australia ODI captain will miss clash against England in Hobart.

International Cricket Council match referee Andy Pycroft ruled that Australia were one over short of its target at the conclusion of India’s innings when time allowances were taken into consideration, and in doing so suspended Bailey from Australia’s next ODI in Hobart on Friday.

It was Bailey’s second slow over-rate offence in the last 12 months after he was fined in the first ODI in Perth against South Africa on November 14.

Australia went in to Sunday’s match without a specialist spinner, with off-spinning allrounder Glenn Maxwell only bowling two  overs.

Bailey’s charges went 26 minutes over the allotted time, and despite the pace-heavy attack, Bupa Support Team head coach Darren Lehmann says bowling 50 overs in 3.5hours is manageable.

“You can, considering you bowl 15 overs in a Test match basically. You should be able to get through the 3.5 hours no dramas,” Lehmann said.

“We were slow and we spoke about it last night about being better than that.”

The one positive out of Bailey’s suspension is that his slate as captain is wiped clean, but Lehmann says his side’s tardiness and poor discipline with the ball was not good enough.

“It is a bit advantageous I suppose, but the big thing for me is not bowling our overs.” He said.

“You’ve got 3.5 hours, it took us 3hrs 56mins I reckon last night.

“We bowled too many wides and we were too slow between overs and we’ve got to get better at that.”

Test vice-captain Steve Smith is tipped to take the ODI reigns, but Bailey’s suspension, along with injuries to Michael Clarke and Mitchell Marsh, means a replacement batsman will be needed.