'We don't need mind games to fire us up'

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Australia captain George Bailey has explained the lack of pre-series 'mind games' ahead of the T20 and ODIs against India, saying the Aussies have enough other reasons to fire themselves up and don't need the distraction.

Australia captain George Bailey has explained the lack of pre-series 'mind games' ahead of the T20 and ODIs against India, saying the Aussies have enough other reasons to fire themselves up and don't need the distraction.

Australia captains and their India counterparts traditionally engage in some banter before a tour, but this time Bailey says they have enough to worry about as they prepare to face the number one ODI side in seven one-dayers.

He also says that, unlike when Ricky Ponting led the side filled with big names, this time they don't really have the room to get mouthy, as they're without their one big name in Michael Clarke, who is injured.

The skipper said: "We are very polite. I still think, around the world, you see certain people make those predictions. That was a way they challenged themselves, that was a way they got themselves fired up for the series.

"This group doesn't need to do that, we have got enough challenges. And certainly, (we) don't probably have superstars like Shane Warne or Glenn McGrath. We don't rely heavily on one or two players.

"If we are going to play good one-day cricket and win this series, we will need all 13 or 14 of us to play really well."

The soft-spoken skipper goes on to say that because the players know each other so well from playing in various leagues together, like the IPL, they might not get too nasty with the sledging in the middle.

When asked about the banter, Bailey added: "I don't know. It depends on the players out there. Due to the IPL (Indian Premier League) and Champions League, players know each other so well.

"They are really close friends that are playing against each other now. In the past, they did not know each other well."

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