Get Gayle, Bailey warns

2012-10-05 22:19

Colombo - Australia captain George Bailey warned Sri Lanka to get Chris Gayle out cheaply in the World Twenty20 decider or face defeat after the West Indian's remorseless power-hitting dominated Friday's semi-final.

Bailey acknowledged Australia were left "helpless" as Gayle smashed six sixes on his way to an unbeaten 75 as West Indies totted up 204-5, their best ever score. Australia fell for 131 all out in reply.

"Were we helpless? Probably Chris Gayle can do that to you. When he did go, he went beautifully," Bailey said. "In hindsight you can do things differently, but the fact is that we just got outplayed.

"There are no excuses. The best team absolutely won the game tonight. There is a gap between your best and worst cricket, and we did not play good cricket at all.

"Anything can happen in this game. You can bowl full tosses and get hit down mid-wicket's throat, or the good ball will go for a six."

Gayle was not the only contributor as Marlon Samuels made 26, Dwayne Bravo swatted 37 and Kieron Pollard hit 38 off 15 balls.

But Bailey said once Australia failed to dismiss Gayle early, they knew they were in danger.

"The plan always was to get Chris out early. His record speaks for itself, so the key is to get him out early," he said.

Asked who will be his favourites to win Sunday's final, Bailey said: "If Sri Lanka can get Gayle out for under 20, they will win. But if they don't, the West Indies will prove too strong.

"With the West Indies attack, you can chase down 160. I am sitting on the fence a bit. But the two best teams got into the final."


  • boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:38

    this is what you need to win the tournament a "man of the series performance". it was afridi, then KP and now it's gayles turn. "But the two best teams got into the final." - i will disgree with this. that 140 was easy pickings and pak should have chased that if we kept an extra batter and moved afridi to no. 3 to slog it. and we were winning it 60/1 until we got a bad lbw decision.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:42

      i wish we had a gayle on our team.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:44

      "With the West Indies attack, you can chase down 160" - bailey you were all out for 133 against that very well balanced attack.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-10-05 22:50

      "i wish we had a gayle on our team." You and every other nation in cricket. :D

      brendan.vanderpluym - 2012-10-05 22:55

      Excuses don't get you into a final... Sri Lanka won, so they were better.

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 22:58

      he still hasn't broken the record 100 from 37 balls ;D

      boom.afridi.56 - 2012-10-05 23:01

      @brendan. it doesn't unfortunately but it also doesn't make them better or more deserving either.

  • nickwill.reen - 2012-10-05 23:00

    This time around there was no rain to spare them the humiliation!

  • zaatheist - 2012-10-06 04:18

    "Get Gayle, Bailey warns." What cricketing genius worked that out?

  • thabo.malose.31 - 2012-10-06 07:40

    Proteas needed someone like gayle to be champions. People keep blaming AB, as if we were defending big totals.

  • nthete.moalosi - 2012-10-06 07:46

    The return of west indies.

  • emakushu - 2012-10-06 08:20

    Aussies domination has come to an abrupt end. The game of cricket is evolving. Gud luck Windies!

  • kaybeeforever - 2012-10-06 08:51

    Emakushu....West Indies beating the Aussies is no shock or suprise,in reality every team can win a T20 match besides Australia came into the tournament ranked 5th..their form have been woeful in the past 18 months...T20 is a rubbish format even bullmanure teams like Zim & Bangladesh have a chance...atleast we still no 1 in Tests...which in my opinion is real cricket not this bang bang iam done crap of limited overs cricket

      jacowium - 2012-10-06 09:02

      Kaybee, I prefer test matches as well, but to dismiss the other formats are short-sighted. Each format requires its particular set of skills for a team to maintain a high success rate. Note that I don't say the better team always wins, but that's part of the charm of Twenty20 - the underdog always have a chance if the stronger side doesn't click on the night. If there are never any upsets, sport will be an awfully lot more boring. Finally, if you remove the shorter formats of the game, then cricket as a whole would suffer. So rather appreciate the positive aspects of the shorter formats, than snobbishly dismissing it as "not real cricket".

  • kaybeeforever - 2012-10-06 09:30

    Jacowin ok i get ur point but i tend to disagree with your statement that each format requires its particular set of skills to maintain a high success T20 those skills are hardly tested you sometimes complete the whole tournament with only 4 or 5 batsmen put to the real test..slogging and blasting balls over the line is no skill.....

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