Australia serious about T20 challenge says Bailey
15.09.2012, 09:42am , (GMT+1)
Rankings will mean nothing when play starts at the Twenty20 World Cup and Australia are deadly serious about winning the tournament for the first time over the next few weeks, according to skipper George Bailey.
Australia, who have won the one-day World Cup four times and are the most successful test playing nation of all time, are ranked ninth in the world in the shortest form of the game.
Their best finish in the three Twenty20 World Cups to date was reaching the final at the last edition in 2010 but Bailey
said the country's approach to the format had altered.
"It's the one trophy we don't have in our cabinet and it's something we're looking to rectify," he
told reporters in Colombo on Thursday.
"I thought we had a really good build up, we obviously had a disappointing first game but from there on in I think we played some really good, consistent cricket with bat and ball," Bailey
"And certainly to finish off that series with our strongest performance was excellent and certainly arriving here as confident as can be and with a little bit of momentum."
The second defeat saw Australia slip below Ireland to 10th in the rankings but they moved back above the Irish with the victory over Pakistan in the third match.
admitted to being 'confused' by the rankings.
"We probably don't pay that much attention to them," Bailey
"I haven't been doing this job that long but I have no idea how the rankings work.
"Whether that's a fair reflection, I guess we'll find out over the next few weeks.
"We're not proud of it, but it's not embarrassing either ... ranking doesn't matter when you start playing."
Australia face Ireland in their opening Group B match next week before meeting West Indies, also in Colombo, the following Monday.
While conceding that David Warner and Shane Watson were key players for Australia, Bailey
said their opponents would be foolhardy to think they were a two-man team.