Melbourne, Sep 6 (ANI): Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has said his team can still win the World Cup in Sri Lanka despite their record loss to Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 clash.
|Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has said his team can still win the World Cup in Sri Lanka despite their record loss to Pakistan in the opening Twenty20 clash...|
Australia crashed to their second-lowest total of 89 en route to a seven-wicket thrashing at the hands of Pakistan in the opening match of their series last night.
Australia’s lowest Twenty20 total of 79 came against England at Southampton in 2005.
Pakistan made short work of their target in Dubai, scoring 3-90 from 14.5 overs led by Kamran Akmal’s unbeaten 31. Shoaib Malik was nine not out.
“I’m very disappointed and there’s plenty to go away and work on. You don’t ever want to be setting those sorts of records,” Bailey said.
“But in terms of the group we''ve got together and what we''re capable of, it certainly hasn''t altered my thoughts that we can still be a very good team. I still think we can win it. Definitely. Absolutely,” he added.
“I certainly don''t think we''d win if we played like we did today,” the AAP quoted Bailey, as saying.
The Australian skipper said he couldn’t pinpoint one reason for the team’s batting collapse.
“It''s just one of those things. It’s hopefully just a bad performance and one that you won’t see again. Even if we gained a tiny bit of momentum, we gave it back by losing a wicket,” he said.
The three-game series continues in Dubai on Friday night. (ANI)