Bailey: World Cup is still far away

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Australia batsman George Bailey has cautioned that while it's exciting to prepare for the World Cup in February next year, the team has a whole host of ODIs to get through before then.

Australia batsman George Bailey has cautioned that while it's exciting to prepare for the World Cup in February next year, the team has a whole host of ODIs to get through before then.

The Aussies are on their way to Zimbabwe for a triangular series against the hosts and South Africa, and Bailey feels that they'd be well served to focus on each series as it comes, to prepare properly for the ICC showcase.

Bailey said before the team's departure to Zimbabwe this week: "It's in the back of the mind.

"I think we've got 20 one-day internationals before we even get there. If you have it anywhere but the back of your mind you're going to be caught short.

"We're starting to get somewhere we'd like to be with our one-day cricket.

"It's a matter of just continuing to build on that. Guys continuing to nail down roles and with that comes the growth of the team."

Of playing in the World Cup, Bailey was excited about the prospect of playing on home soil: "That's huge.

"No doubt it's going to add another dimension of excitement, of pressure, of anticipation and hopefully something really special at the end of it."

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