Bailey: Test results don't affect T20 form

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Australia T20 captain George Bailey says a country's Test form has little to do with what happens in limited-overs cricket, and feels that the Aussies will have moved on from their Ashes defeat for the T20s and ODIs.

Australia T20 captain George Bailey says a country's Test form has little to do with what happens in limited-overs cricket, and feels that the Aussies will have moved on from their Ashes defeat for the T20s and ODIs.

Bailey leads the side in two T20s against England this week, before a set of five one-dayers between the sides, following England's three-nil Ashes win. Bailey feels Test teams and limited-overs squads are very different these days.

The skipper said: "I think what happens in Test matches has very little bearing on one-day games or T20. There are not many teams now that have sides remotely close to what their Test sides are and they are so far removed.

"You are trying to win and you are trying to win any game you play and you are representing your country so all of that cliche stuff doesn't change."

Bailey's T20 side is a mix of old and new faces, with more new than experienced, but he doesn't think this is a problem and says they are working towards finding the right combinations for the T20 and ODI World Cups in the next two years.

He added: "We are happy with the nice balance of power players and strong all-rounders. What I have seen from both sides is they're starting to look at the next World Cup in T20 and one-day format.

"It can look a long way away, but when you start counting how many games you have left in the format it sneaks up on you pretty quickly.

"While the focus is always on winning it there is also a focus on seeing guys step up into those positions and get that balance right."

One of he older hands in the LOI set-up is fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who did not play in the Tests, much to former paceman Brett Lee's surprise. Bailey feels Johnson is in good form and will be valuable in the shorter formats.

Bailey said of Johnson: "I don't think he has anything to prove, but his form has been great. He is not much fun to face in the nets so hopefully he brings a bit of that aggression.

"There is no doubt that someone like him that can bowl as quick as he can and swing the ball at the top of the order can break a game open. That is what we are after in Twenty20 cricket."

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