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George Bailey ready to lead Australia against England in Perth

George Bailey: Captain in place of Michael Clarke

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George Bailey has declared himself fit and ready to captain Australia in the fourth one-day international against England.

The batsman had emerged as a doubt after being sent for treatment on a hip problem, but he insists he is "100 per cent good to go" for the clash in Perth on Friday.

Bailey will lead the dominant hosts in place of Michael Clarke, who has been rested along with Brad Haddin, Shane Watson and David Warner.

England will be determined to take advantage of Australia's weakened line-up and record their first victory of a disastrous tour, and Bailey admitted: "It probably is their best chance of victory.

"But having said that, I reckon our team is still pretty good. I'm not that fussed about what England think or how they're going.


"It's been a hell of a summer and we won't be coming in nonchalant or complacent about what's ahead of us.

"We're in a pretty positive position. If we win on Friday it would be 10 straight games against England. That equals a record.

"We're all desperate to be out there and winning every game we play. But any time you have an opportunity to write history, that's pretty special as a team."

Australia moved to the top of the ICC one-day international rankings on the back of their 3-0 series lead combined with India's defeat in New Zealand on Wednesday.

"It's a bit funny when it (going top of the world) comes from the other side of the world and in the middle of the series," Bailey added. "But it's a nice reward for having played some really good one-day cricket over the past 12 months.

"I still think we're not playing as well as what we would have liked. But it's a good indication of how good we have been in patches."

Meanwhile, Steve Smith is hoping to make the most of his recall to the 50-over side and press his claims for a place in the Australia World Cup squad for next year.

The 24-year-old averages only 21.1 in his 33 one-day international appearances, and he is aware he needs to lift his game to cement a regular place in the team.

"The World Cup is obviously still a fair way away, but every opportunity you get, you've got to try and impress," Smith said.

See if England can break their duck in Perth on Friday. Coverage of the fourth ODI against Australia starts at 3am on Sky Sports 2.

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