Champions Trophy 2013: Bailey ‘disappointed’ by Australia’s exit

Champions Trophy 2013: Australia stand-in captain George Bailey admits he is disappointed by his side's elimination

By Callum Orr

George Bailey was left to rue a “disappointing tournament” for his side after Sri Lanka won the race for a place in the Champions Trophy semi-finals with a 20-run victory at The Oval.

The Wallabies had to chase down their opposition’s total of 253 runs in just 29.1 overs in order to achieve a superior overall run rate to that of New Zealand and subsequently qualify for the semi-finals.

But Bailey’s men failed to score the runs they needed in time, despite a brilliant late show of defiance from tail-ender Clint McKay (30).

And although the stand-in skipper was impressed with McKay’s late show of spirit, he admitted that his team had wasted a real opportunity to progress.

“It would have been nice to win,” said Bailey. “But the goal for us was to win inside 29 overs and we couldn’t manage it.

“We showed a little bit of fight, but overall it has been a disappointing tournament for us.”

Bailey citied the loss of captain Michael Clarke to a back injury as a key factor in the team’s struggles, but admitted that it is something they will have to learn to deal with.

He added: “We would have loved to have Pup [Michael Clarke] fit, but that is something we have to manage for the rest of his career.”

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