George Bailey has probably been an extremely underrated performer for Australia. His services to Australian cricket have been far more valuable than actually perceived. The reason behind stating such a hard hitting statement is that in Michael Clarke’s prolonged absence from limited overs, he led Australia in various tours and led from the front. His numbers with the bat, as well as his captaincy figures have been outstanding to say the least. However, for the all important 2015 World Cup, Bailey could even find a spot in the playing XI once Clarke returned.
Bailey now is aiming to be a part of Australia’s squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in India. The right-hander has not played a T20I game in almost two years but he has been an active performer in the IPL and BBL. “I’ve played a lot of T20 cricket in the subcontinent,” Bailey said. “And had some experience in World Cups. So hopefully, that holds me in good stead.”
“There’s a World Cup looming around the corner, and I’d love to be a part of it,” Bailey. “I’ll try to drop as many subtle hints as I can in front of Finchy (Aaron Finch). And I’m pretty sure the selectors know I’m not retired now, so that’s a step in the right direction. But runs are always the best currency.”
Skipper Aaron Finch also hinted that senior individuals like Bailey had not been completely written off. “If we think they can help win a game for Australia, I don’t think there’s any reason not to consider them,” Finch said. “I’m not saying that any of them will be selected. But at the same time, you have to look at everyone.
“We are trying to win a world tournament for the first time, and we would be silly not to have a look at the make-up and see if you can fit whoever it is. Whether it’s an 18-year-old kid or a 45-year-old Brad Hogg – I think you have to look at that option. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen,” Finch said.
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