The captain of the Australian T20 team, George Bailey, has said that the Sri Lankan team should be extremely careful against the West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle who is in the form of his life at the moment.
The Australian team had taken on West Indies in the 2nd semi final of the World T20 Championship on Friday and was defeated by 74 runs in that match. Gayle was the hero of the victory of West Indies. He just smashed the Aussie bowlers. He hit six towering sixes in his inning of 75 runs.
In the post match press conference, Bailey said, “The Sri Lankan bowlers should try to take Gayle’s wicket early in the final match. Once he gets set, it’s not easy at all to get him out.”
“He is not that sort of batsman who gets frustrated once you ball 5 or 6 dot deliveries to him. He bides his time and goes after the weaker bowlers. He is a very intelligent batsman.”
“He is lethal against the slower bowlers. He just looks for the back of length deliveries. Once you bowl him there, he will smash you over midwicket.”
When asked why Xavier Doherty was introduced into the attack in the last over of the innings against the two very attacking West Indies batsmen, Bailey said, “We didn’t have too many options at that time. Xavier is very good at bowling Yorkers, so, I gave him the ball. But, it’s not easy to bowl to Gayle and Pollard in the death overs.”
Bailey himself played a fantastic knock of 63 runs off 29 balls in the semi final. With that inning, he gave a strong answer to his critics who were saying that Bailey didn’t deserve a place in the XI. When asked whether he is happy with his own performance, Bailey said, “It was nice to get a half century, but, the personal milestones don’t matter that match. We lost the match and I am quite disappointed about it.”