George Bailey.
George Bailey. AAP

Ponting input gives Bailey boost

GEORGE Bailey has turned to former Tasmania teammate and ex-Australia captain Ricky Ponting as he prepares for the one-day tour of India.

The Australians play the only Twenty20 fixture tomorrow before embarking on a seven-game ODI series against the world No.1 team.

Bailey is standing in for the injured Michael Clarke as captain in India and has sought some help from Ponting and others.

"There are a few guys who will be on this tour who have (played in winning teams) and we'll tap into that," he said.

"I spoke to Ricky Ponting a couple of days ago about one-day cricket in India and a few of the things he thinks can make a difference."

One thing Bailey expects to work in Australia's favour is a move away from the dustbowl wickets, and the incredible turn they offer India's spinning corps, that contributed to India's 4-0 Test whitewash earlier this year.

"The Test wickets generally tend to spin a fair bit and challenge us in that way," he said. "(The one-day wickets) tend to be a bit more of an even contest between bat and ball."


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