Bailey and Anderson Preview Their World Cup Game At MCG
Bailey will be leading Australia int the battle against their arch-rivals England, with Michael Clarke ruled out of the opening encounter.
Most might term it as ‘pressure’ but playing a World-Cup tournament in front of the home crowd excites Bailey.
"I'm just certainly looking forward to the fact that we get to enjoy some home comforts, enjoy some home support and embrace the opportunity that comes around having a World Cup at home.
"It's an opportunity you're born into. It's pot luck.
“There have been some amazing Australian sides that have won World Cups all over the world, and some amazing Australian players that never had the opportunity to play at home.
"You can view that as pressure if you like, or you can view that as a wonderful opportunity and an honour.
“And that's certainly the way I think we're trying to approach it."
Australia have been into six World Cup finals and have won it four times. They are considered as one of the favorites for this year’s edition too which Bailey doesn’t mind.
“Our expectations are always to win.
“If general public, media think we are ‘favorites’ then it’s fine. It doesn’t affect the game at all.
“The Australian ODI team always looks to win tournaments and this one is no different.”
Australia will be entering the tournament undefeated in the recently concluded tri-series and the warm-up games as well. Bailey believes their preparations have been spot-on.
“It’s been a good preparation, particularly in the practice games where we had a lot of cricket and there could have been a tendency to take the foot off the pedal but I was impressed with the intensity it was played.”
Since 2007, both the teams have played each other 15 times in Australia with England managing only two wins out of it but Bailey insists it will count for nothing when they meet on Satuday.
“I would love to say it would count for something but honestly I don’t think it does.
“England have made some changes to their players, structures and they look dangerous and don’t rely on one or two players.
“Unfortunately we both will start on zero tomorrow and both sides will know it will be important to start the tournament well.”
With Clarke tipped to return back to the side for the second game against Bangladesh, Bailey who has been in a lean patch is aware of the fact that he may lose his spot in the side.
“It’s a pretty basic equation there. That’s fine.
“It’s great he (Michael Clarke) is on track and he has done a remarkable job to get back in time, to even hear murmurs of him playing this game, to be available for the next game which is the plan.”
Meanwhile, England fast bowler, James Anderson is upbeat about the contest on Saturday at a big-capacity venue like the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) which will be hosting 90,000 spectators.
“We guess the majority will be against us. That is something we have been prepared for.
“We have played here in a test match in front of 90,000 odd on Boxing Day but if we start well, then we know we can make them quiet.
“It’s a big game yes but it is also something we need to sulk up and enjoy as an occassion.”
Anderson also believes both England and Australia will be competing fiercely against each other without crossing the line.
“We have played three games already against them (Australia) in the last few weeks in the tri-series.
Both teams very competitive and played it in the right manner. I presume it will continue tomorrow.”
With the intensity between the two sides rising up, it promises to be an exciting contest tomorrow (14th February).
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