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Wed, 16 Oct 2013 12:30:00 GMT

Bailey defends Pup’s leadership

Australia’s skipper for the ODI series, George Bailey, has backed Michael Clarke’s leadership and said that the team’s current performance made it easy for people to question the culture of the dressing room.

Bailey defends Pup’s leadership

Bailey, who is leading the side in India in Clarke’s absence said after the first ODI, “I think it's easy when the team is not winning.”

“I think that's the first thing that people talk about. I think it's so hard to (define culture) and it's not something you train. It's something you can't fake. It's one of those things.

"It's great for people to say they have it or they don't, but actually how that happens I don't know.

This comes after former skipper Ricky Ponting wrote in his book Close of Play that he delayed his resignation as skipper because he was not sure about Clarke as his successor for captaincy. In the past, other Australian players such as Matt Hayden, Michael Hussey, and Ian Healy have spoken about the change in Australia’s team culture.

However, Bailey was respectful of Ponting’s views and said, “I read his (extract of the book) this morning and it finished saying that since Michael took over as captain Ricky was really impressed with him too. Actually having that extra responsibility brought out the best in him, so that was pleasing to read.”

The current Australian team is a pale shadow of the team which won three World Cups in a row and was considered one of the strongest teams to have played the game. Languishing at the fourth spot in the ICC Test rankings, Australia have lost seven of their nine Tests this year which also includes a third consecutive Ashes series loss.

However, Bailey was positive about the team’s progress and Lehmann’s role as coach and said, “Since Darren’s come on board as well, he is a big influence, and what he talks a lot about is family, about team, about manners. I certainly think we’re on the right track, no doubt about that.”

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