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Aust ODI rookies up to challenge: Bailey

  • Aust ODI rookies up to challenge: Bailey

    Australian cricketer Travis Head dives to stop a shot by West Indies batsman Marlon Samuels hits a boundary off Australian bowler Mitchell Marsh during their One Day International match of the Tri-nation Series at the Warner Park stadium in Basseterre, Saint Kitts, on June 13, 2016. / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

George Bailey is confident inexperience won't be an issue for Australia in Monday's ODI tri-series final.

For the majority of Bailey's international career, which started in 2012 and includes 29 ODIs as captain, he has played alongside some of the nation's great one-day players.

The slew of retirements that followed last year's World Cup win, coupled with David Warner's broken finger, has changed the dynamic.

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When the series final starts at 3am (AEST) on Monday in Barbados, Bailey will be Australia's most experienced batsman with 2598 ODI runs to his name.

The 33-year-old Tasmanian is also the only member of the touring party over the age of 33.

Aside from Steve Smith and Aaron Finch, nobody else in the squad has scored more than 1800 runs in the format.

No matter which side wins on Saturday (AEST) and claims the other spot in the final, the ledger won't be even at Kensington Oval.

South Africa have five players with more than 2000 ODI runs under their belt, while West Indies have four.

"There's a lot of guys who might not have played much for Australia but I certainly still see them as experienced cricketers," Bailey said.

"While we probably haven't played much together, there's still some good cricketers.

"It's a really exciting line-up.

"There's some newer players in the team but it still feels like it's an experienced team in terms of the expectations we have for guys to perform."

Australia are yet to settle on their XI for the tournament decider, with bowlers Adam Zampa, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Scott Boland competing for the final spot.

Australia's attack has changed in every match during the series and remains a work in progress.

Glenn Maxwell was impressed with the way they bowled in a virtual semi-final win over West Indies.

"From our World Cup side last year we've lost Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson, who bowled 20 overs and did such a great job for us," Maxwell said.

"They always found a wicket."

On-duty selector Trevor Hohns studied legspinner Zampa plus quicks Coulter-Nile and Boland in a centre-wicket session on Friday (AEST).

There was nothing low key about the hit-out, with Bailey suggesting it was evidence of what the upcoming match means to his team.

"There was a fair bit of aggro ... there's some competitive boys," Bailey said.

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