Australia’s ODI vice-captain George Bailey is confident that skipper Michael Clarke will return to form soon despite averaging just 14.25 in the Test series against Pakistan at UAE. With Australia also losing the series 2-0, some people raised questions over Clarke’s captaincy, but Bailey feels that the criticism directed at Clarke is quite unfair.
“If you look at his record it speaks for itself. He has a strong overall record as a captain, which includes a 5-0 Ashes series win over England and a Test series win in South Africa.
“It’s obviously a position people care a lot about. The Australian cricket team means a lot to a lot of people. So that’s a great thing for cricket. But I’ll back Pup to the hilt in terms of his performance and what he’s done.
“The hard thing to look at is just how different the conditions were that they’ve just come from.
“I’m backing him to respond the one way that we know he does, and that’s with steely determination and big runs.”
Australia are scheduled to play a five-match ODI series against South Africa starting 14th November and it’ll be interesting to see how Clarke responds to the pressure that has been put on him.
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