Bailey admits Oz need to conquer swing demons to stand any chance of reclaiming Ashes

Sydney, Jan 23(ANI): George Bailey has conceded Australia's top order need to solve their problems against swing bowling if they want to regain the Ashes series, which would be played on England's seamer-friendly pitches this year.

Australia has scored just 222, 74 and 170 in the past three matches, with the 5-305 it amassed at the MCG in the series opener seeming light years away, News.com.au reports.

Only some lower-order resistance from Mitchell Starc (52 not out) in Sydney saw the side pass 200, while Starc and spinner Xavier Doherty added 34 for the final wicket in Brisbane after the score crashed to an embarrassing 9-40, the paper added.

The struggles against the moving ball have again come to the front with medium-pacer Nuwan Kulasekara and super-slinger Lasith Malinga tormenting the home side.

Now, Australia's Twenty20 captain Bailey has admitted the kinks must be ironed out before the Ashes series begins in July.

Bailey said he thinks it's a challenge for the Australian players, adding facing good spin is also a challenge and that's cricket, in a nutshell.

The Tasmanian added the swinging ball is always what bowlers try and produce because it's the hardest ball to play as a batsman and that's always going to be the type of bowling that will challenge batters.

Kulasekara (10 wickets at 12.9, economy rate of 3.3) and Malinga (nine at 15.5, economy 3.9) have taken more wickets between them this series than the entire Australian squad, consistently hitting dangerous areas and building pressure. (ANI)