Aussies won’t rest on laurels

George BaileyStand-in captain George Bailey has played down Australia’s status as the best one-day side in the world and feels it will mean little going into the World Cup (Australia 11/4 favourites – World Cup Winner).

The Aussies have now returned to the top of the ICC 50-over rankings following their 3-0 series success over Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

They can boast a side full of explosive batsmen, with the likes of David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson and Bailey himself capable of hitting the ball to all parts, while Mitchell Johnson is the undisputed leader of the attack.

The Baggy Greens have an enviable record in the 50-over showpiece, having claimed the title on four occasions including three in a row in 1999, 2003 and 2007.

But they failed to make it past the quarter-finals in 2011 as eventual champions India proved too good and there is a sense they want their crown back next year when the tournament is shared between New Zealand and themselves (India 5/1 – Tournament Outright).

They do appear to be peaking at just the right time, with regular skipper Michael Clarke still to come back into the side, but despite sitting pretty at the top of the rankings once again, Bailey insists nobody in the squad will be taking anything for granted.

“It’s lovely to be ranked number one in the world but come the World Cup, I think, it will have zero bearing,” he said. “It means nothing.”

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