Australian middle order batsman and former T20I captain George Bailey mentioned that David Warner was a natural leader, and praised the dynamic opener for his leadership skills. Warner led Australia for the first time in an ODI game, in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, and did considerably well, as Australia got home by two wickets in a thriller. In the absence of regular skipper Steve Smith, Warner took the reins of the side.
Needing 227 to win, Australia got off to a shaky start as the top order once again failed to provide a sound start. However, Bailey got the innings back on track and his knock of 70 off 99 deliveries was instrumental in getting Australia to victory. After being named the Man of the Match, Bailey praised Warner for his leadership skills.
“I think Davey’s a natural leader,” Bailey said. “He’s always been a leader in terms of the way he plays the game. A lot of the things we talk about as a team which Darren Lehmann has always talked about – driving the game, playing the game aggressively, and taking the game on, you’re talking about Davey Warner when you do that. “The conversations that I was privy to when he was talking to the bowlers, he was really clear and direct. He keeps things simple and they’re all pretty good things to have as a skipper. We were taking wickets so that always keeps you happy as a captain. We took most of our catches, so it’s a nice welcome for him. I think he’s a really natural leader, I think it suits him.”
The right-hander also praised Warner for his ability to get things on track. “As much as anything, in my opinion, the on-field discussions are just so Davey can verbalise what’s going on his head,” Bailey said. “I know that the times I’ve captained, I’d much rather have too many ideas coming at me than when no one is coming up at all, because that’s normally the sign things aren’t going your way. I don’t think we’ll come out with anything too radical. It was more just letting Davey talk through what his plans were, and they were pretty much always on the money.”
While talking about his batting, Bailey said that he enjoyed the challenges of playing in different conditions. “I love the challenge of batting here. It’s very different to playing in England. It’s very different to playing at home. I find it a great thrill to be able to test yourself and to come up with new shots and to come up with different ways to combat the different things that are thrown at you.”