Friday 24 January 2014 

Video - Bailey Defends Rotation Policy

Stand-in captain George Bailey defends Australia's decision to rest key players after they lost the fourth One-Day International to England in Perth.

Bailey led the side with Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, David Warner and Shane Watson all absent, rested with an eye on future series and with Australia safely 3-0 up.

England notched their first international win of a dismal tour with a 57-run victory when Australia were bowled out for 259 having been asked to chase 317.

Bailey, who made 11 in Australia's run chase, said that resting players was done for the right reasons with some important series coming up.

"We play to win series and we've done that," he said.

"There are some huge series coming up, particularly that series in South Africa. I don't think any of the players have got any issue with the fact that those guys have earned a rest."

Bailey, who was dropped from the Test squad to tour South Africa, added that he is surprised that captain Clarke is only missing the one match.

"I'm surprised that 'Pup' (Clarke) is actually coming back after missing just the one. I thought he might miss two as far as the job being done, of winning the series.

"You want to win every game that you play in, don't get me wrong, but just given how crammed the schedule is, if you do get the opportunity to rest if you are those guys when you can, you take that opportunity, as England have done with a couple of their key players as well."

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