PERTH: Australian captain George Bailey is not surprised that India did not qualify for the tri-series final and said that concentrating on Test cricket before heading into the ODI event might have been the reason for their below-par showing.
India failed to win any of their matches against Australia and England, finally going down to the Eoin Morgan-led side by three wickets yesterday in the virtual semifinal to get knocked out.
However, Bailey opions all's not lost for the Men in Blue before the World Cup.
"Not really. India would have been concentrating on Test cricket for a long amount of time whereas the English team have had a one-day build-up bit longer," he said when asked if he was surprised at India not making it to the finals.
"India know they have another couple of weeks in Australia before the World Cup and they will just be building up their preparations."
The hosts will take on England in the summit clash tomorrow but Bailey said that the outcome of the match will not have any bearing on how his team take on the arch-rivals in their World Cup opener on February 14.