Australia batsman George Bailey hoping for better weather in second ODI against England
George Bailey is hoping the weather improves for the second one-day international at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Last Updated: 07/09/13 5:53pm
Persistent rain washed out the opening one-day international between England and Australia at Headingley on Friday without a ball being bowled.
Michael Clarke's side are determined to end a disappointing tour on a high, and vice-captain Bailey is convinced Australia can take out their Ashes frustrations in the four remaining one-day clashes.
"Leeds was very frustrating. There's nothing worse than sitting in your hotel room and watching the rain fall when you really want to get out there," said Bailey.
"There was some serious table tennis being played by the boys, but that's not what we are here for. We want to play cricket and win games.
"It's fingers crossed for Manchester, but we also have a game in Birmingham (on Wednesday), where a few of the guys say they have played but never completed a day without it raining!
"Losing the Ashes the way we did left a sour taste in the mouth. You just want to get back out there and put things right.
"Winning the ODI series would at least give all the boys a lift, so we are desperate for some sunshine in Manchester after the rain in Leeds.
"We are also planning and building towards the next World Cup. So it's important not to miss out on any competitive 50-over action between now and then.
"We have some fresh new faces from the team which lost the Ashes. Those guys want to impress and throw down their hats to stay in the side."
England: Eoin Morgan (Middlesex, capt), Ravi Bopara (Essex), Jos Buttler (Somerset, wkt), Michael Carberry (Hampshire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Jamie Overton (Somerset), Kevin Pietersen (Surrey), Boyd Rankin (Warwickshire), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Jonathan Trott (Warwickshire), Luke Wright (Sussex).
Australia: Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint McKay, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade (wkt), David Warner, Shane Watson.
Sunday's second one-day international at Old Trafford can be seen live on Sky Sports 1 HD, coverage starting at 9.30am.