#CWC15: George Bailey sees home advantage as an opportunity and honour

George Bailey, in the absence of Michael Clarke, will lead Australia against England in their World Cup opener and expects to win the tournament.

Bailey was quick to play down any pressure the Australian’s may be feeling on home soil.

“I’m looking forward to the fact that we get to enjoy some home comforts, enjoy some home support and embrace the opportunity that comes around having a World Cup at home,” he said. “We’ve spoken about it being an opportunity you are born into.

“It’s potluck and there’s been some amazing Australian sides that have won World Cups all over the world, some amazing Australian players that never had the opportunity to play at home.

“You can view that as pressure if you like, or you can view it as a wonderful opportunity and an honour and that’s the way we are trying to approach it.

And the tag of being tournament favourites sits well on Bailey’s shoulders.

“Our expectations are always to win it regardless, so if the general public and the media feel like we are favourites, then that’s fine,” he said. “It doesn’t affect the game at all, or the way that it will be played.

“The Australian cricket team expects to win one-day tournaments and this tournament is no different.”

FULL GEORGE BAILEY INTERVIEW

James Buttler

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