After enduring a horror phase on the shores of Sri Lanka, Australia had finally something to cheer about in the ODI series. The fifth ODI at Kandy was just a formality as the Kangaroos, powered by the century of skipper David Warner, went on to lift the 5 match series 4-1. For a side that got whitewashed in similar conditions barely a few weeks ago, this result will be a much-needed respite.
A key member, whose presence in the Australian camp made a massive difference, was the experienced George Bailey. Bailey, who by far has the most impressive numbers for an Aussie in Asia, was at his supreme best, as he countered the Sri Lankan spinners with precision throughout the series. It came as no surprise when he was named the Man of the Series.
At the presentation ceremony, Bailey admitted, that the ODI series had been a challenging one. “Yeah, it has been a challenging series,” said Bailey. “We had to adapt to conditions. At different stages, the bowlers and batsmen found it very tough. To come out on top 4-1 has been very satisfying. Just watching the Test series, we had to come up with different plans for the ODI series.”
Bailey went on to add that the nature of wickets made batting even tougher for the Kangaroos. “The wickets that had been produced were pretty challenging so we tried to hit our shots down the ground. Sweeps too came off nicely. I think, if you speak to the guys, it has been challenging. The hardest thing has been to get partnerships. A guy like David Warner tonight, once he took his time, but once he did, he was really good,” he said.
Skipper David Warner too fully lauded Bailey for his efforts throughout the series. “Well done to Bailey, he played brilliantly in the middle. It is always pleasing to win the series. Fortunately, we lost three tosses and came back to bowl really well. It’s always tough to call. At the end of the day, you have to come out and bowl as good as you can. It helps if you restrict the teams to below 200,” said Warner.