Bailey pride at England exodus

Australia batsman George Bailey admits he has taken a 'little bit of pride' from the fact that three players have left England's tour early

Steven Finn will become the latest member of England's squad to head home after coaching staff revealed the bowler was short on confidence and needed time away from the game.

Spinner Graeme Swann announced his retirement amidst England's disastrous Ashes defeat, while batsmen Jonathan Trott departed after the first Test due to a stress-related illness.

Bailey is fully aware of the pressure and expectation surrounding the players, but insists there is a sense of achievement in the Australia camp about England's unsettled touring party.

"A little bit of pride in it I guess, in terms that we're making it so uncomfortable for guys, whether that's through form or fitness," said Bailey ahead of Friday's second one-day international.

"I don't think necessarily any of them are related and it could be a coincidence that three have happened to do that but in terms of the way we played and the intensity and the media build-up of a series, it's been pretty big, there's no doubt there's been a lot of scrutiny."


Australia endured a problematic trip to England in the summer and there was turmoil even before the opening Test, with coach Mickey Arthur sacked after poor displays and disciplinary issues.

The Aussies went on to suffer a 3-0 defeat and Bailey believes home advantage has been a crucial factor in their dramatic change of fortunes.

He said: "I think it is always challenging when you're a long way from home and you can be away from family and away from the things, so I guess with the shoe on the other foot, we've been in that situation before and know how challenging it is.

"For us to have that advantage to be at home and to see our loves ones and to be in pretty comfortable surroundings, that's probably a thing that's fortunate for us."

You can see England's second one-day international against Australia on Friday at 3am, live on Sky Sports 2.