Australia's stand-in skipper George Bailey has revealed that their Champions Trophy defeat to England was a 'major cock-up' and admits confidence is low before the upcoming Ashes.

The Australians were eliminated early from the Champions Trophy, the first time they've been knocked out of the group stages since 2000.

They failed to win a match during the tournament and George Bailey admits that confidence is low ahead of the Ashes.

"You're probably right, there is probably not a great deal of confidence there," said Bailey to reporters.

Australia lost their first game in the group to England by 48 runs. They then fell victim to the weather in their washed out draw with New Zealand before a 20-run defeat to Sri Lanka.

Bailey knows that losing to England in their first game was crucial and also rued the bad weather.

"We said at the start that you need to start the competition well in order to get your confidence up so losing to England was a major cock-up," Bailey added.

"The weather then played its part unfortunately, that was a bit of bad luck because we posted a good score but that's part of the game I guess. There's not much more we could have done."

Bailey has been standing in as captain for Michael Clarke who missed all three Champions Trophy games due to a back injury. However, Clarke looks set to give the Australians a much-needed boost by returning for their first pre-Ashes warm-up game next week.

Bailey thinks that Clarke will be fit enough for the match against Somerset as they hope to regain some form going into the Ashes.

"I would imagine he would be fit for that game," said Bailey. "There was a real chance that (Clarke) would have been fit for the Sri Lanka game but with the circumstances of the game, he did not play."


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