Tasmania coach Dan Marsh is very much pleased with George Bailey’s match-winning performance against Sri Lanka at Dambulla. He said that the player must be in the team’s top eleven when playing in subcontinent because of his ability to face spin.
Australia had a shameful Test series against the hosts losing it 3-0. But they made a brilliant comeback in the following One-Day International (ODI) series, winning the series with one fixture still remaining. Australia went through changes in leadership with David Warner taking over charges from Steven Smith as the latter was rested but won the matches despite the fact, with the heroics provided by Bailey.
“If they’re looking for someone who can play spin well in the subcontinent, I’m sure he’s got his name up there. He will just have to back this up and continue his good form in Shield cricket, as he did last year, to get his name up there,” Marsh said.
I think the lessons he would have learnt from his first five Tests, he’s a smart enough bloke that he would carry those on into the sixth, seventh and eighth Test he plays. That’s what driving George. He wants to play Test cricket again. It’s the ultimate test and he wants to get back there,” he added.
The Tasmania coach, when asked of Bailey doing well in Tests, said he believes the techniques are surely up to the mark.
“I can’t see why not. If you look at the way the Sri Lankans played our spinners, they certainly swept a lot and very effectively. He would have gone in with a game plan over there after watching the Test series that he was going to have to do some sweeping.”
“I know he ramped that up closer to the time. The best thing about it is he’s gone there with a plan, he’s stuck to it and it’s working,” told Marsh.