Bailey keeps faith in players despite defeat

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Australia captain George Bailey hopes to keep the same side for the third ODI against India on Saturday, despite their astonishing loss in the second match, saying he has faith in the side that gave up 362 runs.

Australia captain George Bailey hopes to keep the same side for the third ODI against India on Saturday, despite their astonishing loss in the second match, saying he has faith in the side that gave up 362 runs.

India won the second ODI by nine wickets and with six overs to spare, chasing a massive 360 to win. It was a remarkable effort, and the Aussies themselves scored 359 for five and recorded five half centuries in the top order.

Bailey felt it was an out of the ordinary win for India that leveled the series, and he wanted to give the same side another chance to prove their worth in the field after all the bowlers were clobbered about the park by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Bailey said ahead of the third ODI in Mohali: "Personally, I like to back the group we have. I want to give them chance that they can get on top of that Indian batting line-up."

The skipper wasn't shy about expressing his admiration for India's chase either, and seemed to take an 'Oh well, what can you do?' attitude to the remarkable effort, while still planning ahead for the next game.

He added: "Am I surprised that they got 362 in 43 overs? Yeah, absolutely mate, that was phenomenal. I am still surprised about that a couple of days later, that was a phenomenal batting performance.

"Absolutely we spoke (after the Jaipur game) and we speak after every game whether we win or lose, we always go through and dissect and have a look at what we could do differently. This game (in Mohali) is no different."

The 31-year-old didn't think his bowlers were to blame though, given his own side's batting effort, saying the pitch was practically a gift for any batsman and there wasn't much bowlers from either side could have done.

Bailey said: "I certainly think we have batted quite well. I would never go as far as saying that we have got the measure of the bowlers.

"I think the wickets we have played on have been very very good batting wickets and it has been challenging for the bowlers on all of those pitches.

"So it is probably more the conditions are in favour of the batsmen rather than anyone having the measure of the other one."

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