Ranchi: The series so far has been a high-scoring affair but Australia captain George Bailey backed his bowlers to defend the 296-run target set by his batsmen for India in the fourth ODI, which was washed out here on Wednesday.
"We were confident but I'm sure India probably were as well given the way the series has gone so far. With a strong batting line-up, I'm sure they would've been. But we just felt there was enough movement in the wicket, particularly early on," Bailey said at the post-match press conference after the fourth ODI was called due to rain at the JSCA Stadium. (Match highlights)
"Looking at our scorecard it would suggest that new batters found it difficult at the wicket. It was hard to get started. We were hoping if we could get a couple of wickets we could make that quite challenging (for India). And certainly the pace that Mitch (Mitchell Johnson) was getting early on, it looked like that was going to be quite difficult to play at different stages of the game," he said. (Match in pics)