Ranchi, Oct 24: 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 night (October 23).
"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.
"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.
The wash out might have dashed Australia's hope of reclaiming the numero uno spot in ODI rankings, but Bailey said the visitors never thought about it going into the match.
"I don't think anyone is thinking about the number one ranking. It's been said all along - it's an end product, an end result. It's about each and every game," he said.
"I think the way Duckworth/Lewis is set up, if it would have been reduced to a 20-over game, it probably would've suited India," Bailey said.
On the weather he said: "It never really got that heavy, but it never really got away. I know there's been rain forecast for a couple of days and it looks like it's pretty wet in Cuttack there too. There's a couple of pictures going around where the ground is half under water. Hopefully that can clear up in the next couple of days."