In order to excel in alien conditions, the Australian think tank has often used unorthodox methods and strategies to rescue the team. The instance of Chris Rogers making a test comeback against England in the 2013 Ashes is known to one and all. The more recent case of senior batsman Adam Voges making an impression in the Caribbean too is another instance.
A similar call up could be handed to discarded test batsman George Bailey, after the side’s dismal performance in the test series against Sri Lanka. After the Kangaroos found themselves all at sea against the Sri Lankan spinners, a tougher tour of India awaits them, as the spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and R. Ashwin will be eager to wreck their menace. Bailey, who has a decent ODI record in India, is likely to be considered for the tour.
“If they’re looking for someone who can play spin well in the subcontinent, I’m sure he’s got his name up there,” Dan Marsh, the Tasmania head coach said. “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.”
“I think the lessons he would have learnt from his first five Tests, (Debut and till date, only series against England at home in 2013/14) 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,” Marsh added.
Marsh mentioned that Bailey’s way to counter spin bowling was quite effective, and that might aid his selection. I can’t see why not,” Marsh said. “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.”