London: You always expect the unexpected in modern cricket. A country that has produced some of the greatest captains of the game, George Bailey may not match-up to the lofty standards set by a Ian Chappell, Mark Taylor, Allan Border or a Ricky Ponting, but reality sometimes throws you sudden challenges in life. Thirty-year-old Tasmanian Bailey is facing one such moment in his international career. Smarting under a humiliating 243-run defeat against India in a warm-up match in Cardiff earlier this week, Bailey will lead Australia in their ICC Champions Trophy opener against England in Birmingham on Saturday. Michael Clarke is out with a lower back pain.
Bailey has been Australia's T20 skipper but against England at Edgbaston, this will be Bailey first big test as a national team leader in the 50-over format. "I'm not under any more pressure than any other captain. First and foremost, my role is to score runs in that middle-order for us. If I can do that, we have enough guys and our players have played enough cricket to know the basics of the game.