George Bailey (cricketer)

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George Bailey
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Personal information
Full name George John Bailey
Born (1982-09-07) 7 September 1982 (age 31)[1]
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Nickname Smiley, Hector, Geronimo
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Batting style Right-handed
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Role Batsman
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 436) 21 November 2013 v England
Last Test 3–5 January 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 195) 16 March 2012 v West Indies
Last ODI 2 November 2013 v India
ODI shirt no. 2
T20I debut (cap 55) 1 February 2012 v India
Last T20I 23 March 2014 v Pakistan
Domestic team information
Years Team
2002– Tasmania (squad no. 10)
2007–2010 Scotland
2009–2012 Chennai Super Kings
2011–2012 Melbourne Stars
2012– Hobart Hurricanes
2013– Hampshire
2014–present Kings XI Punjab
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI T20I FC
Matches 5 35 19 103
Runs scored 183 1,539 298 6,247
Batting average 26.14 54.96 22.92 37.63
100s/50s 0/1 2/11 0/1 14/31
Top score 53 156 63 160*
Balls bowled 84
Wickets 0
Bowling average
5 wickets in innings
10 wickets in match n/a n/a n/a
Best bowling
Catches/stumpings 10/– 21/– 8/– 97/–
Source: Cricinfo, 5 January 2014

George John Bailey (born 7 September 1982) is an Australian cricketer, who is the current captain of the Australian T20 International teams.

He represents the Tasmanian cricket team in Sheffield Shield and Ryobi One-Day Cup matches, and also plays Twenty20 cricket for the Kings XI Punjab, previously used to play for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League.He also led Kings XI Punjabto the final of IPL 2014. [2] Bailey was announced as Twenty20 captain of the Australian national cricket team in 2012, succeeding Cameron White, in a series that ended 1–1. He became the second ever Australian to captain an international game, without having played an international game before, after Dave Gregory in the first ever Test match.[3] On 1 May 2013, Bailey was announced the vice-captain of the Australian ODI team for the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.[4]

He captained the Australian team in India in ODI in the absence of Michael Clarke.

In November 2013 was named in the Australian team for the 2013–14 Ashes series against England and played all 5 matches of the series.[5] He was subsequently dropped from the Test team.[6]

Domestic career[edit]

After playing his junior cricket with the South Launceston Cricket Club, Bailey was first selected to play for Tasmania 2005/06, due to injuries to regular players. The season saw him score 778 runs, hitting three centuries in the process.

Further prominent performances in the coming seasons saw Bailey play for Australia against the All Star team in the All Star Twenty20 match in 2009. Bailey was appointed as the permanent captain of Tasmania for the 2009/10 season, replacing Daniel Marsh.

In February 2011, Bailey led Tasmania to a five wicket Sheffield Shield win over Victoria where he scored an unbeaten 160. Needing 130 in the final session, he and James Faulkner pushed the Tigers past the total in the 91st over of play on the final day to lift Tasmania to second on the table behind New South Wales.

He captained Tasmania to its second Sheffield Shield title against New South Wales at Bellerive Oval in 2010/11.

A destructive striker who can change a match within a few overs, Bailey arrived as a state one-day player at 19. By 2005/06, he proved he had added patience to his game when he was given an extended stint in the first-class team due to another Marsh injury, scoring 778 Pura Cup runs and earning a second invitation to the Academy.

Talk of the state leadership and possible national team representation began that summer,[citation needed] when his highest score was 155 against South Australia, an innings that formed part of a state-record fourth-wicket partnership of 292 with Travis Birt.

Another highlight came shortly before the 2006/07 season, when he bludgeoned 136 from 65 balls for the Academy against a Zimbabwe Board XI. Bailey is a former national under-19 player and the great-great-grandson of George Herbert Bailey, who was part of the 1878 touring squad to England.

In 2011/12 Ryobi Cup final in Adelaide, Bailey showed he is made of stern stuff; he scored 101 and was out in the last over. But although Tasmania tied with South Australia, they lost the title because South Australia finished top of the ladder that season.

In 2012, he was signed by Melbourne Star for the 1st season of the Big Bash League. Bailey scored 114 runs at an average of 19 for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.

International career[edit]

He was called up for the ODIs in New Zealand in early 2010 when Michael Clarke returned home for personal reasons - but did not win a cap.

Bailey was announced as Twenty20 captain of the Australian national cricket team in 2012, succeeding Cameron White in a series that ended 1-1. He became the second ever Australian to captain an international game, without having played an international game before, after Dave Gregory in the first ever test match.

When he walked out as leader for the T20 at Sydney's Stadium Australia and the match at the MCG, Bailey was in charge of a new-look side. The fast-bowling allrounder James Faulkner was on his debut, while the batsman Travis Birt has earned a recall nearly two years after his last international appearance. Besides that return of Brad Hogg to Australian team after retiring in 2008.

There were criticism over his appointment Bailey's highest score in the shortest format is 60 and he has made only one T20 half-century in the past three seasons, but he said batting at No.5 opportunities were often limited and his record.[citation needed]

He led Australia for win the first game. He presided over a 31-run defeat of India in his first match promoting Matthew Wade to the opener's post where he scored 72 .

In second match of the series Australia lost the match and series was levelled. There was some hasty decision where taken by Bailey like sending Matthew Wade at No. 6. In the first match he had opened and made 72.

He still contributed with 32 and his opening replacement Aaron Finch top-scored with 36, but Shaun Marsh at first drop failed to score and the batting was weakened with the allrounders Daniel Christian and James Faulkner left out.

He was named in ODI squad for the West Indies tour. As a result to injury to Australian captain Michael Clarke, he was included in first ODI at Bailey top scored with 48 runs in Australia's 204 for 8, a total that was difficult to assess at the halfway point on a sluggish pitch.

He was third highest run getter in the series with 172 runs behind Kieron Pollard and Michael Hussey. He also scored his first half-century.

In T20I he was captain once again and scored 45 runs in two matches. Like India series West Indies series was ended in tie. Australia won first match by 8 wickets but lost second match by 14 runs.

At the start of tour Ireland & England Bailey was not given the central contract for the year 2012/13 season, despite being national captain of T20I.

In the fifth ODI Bailey has fared best by a distance, rounding off his efforts with a 46 from 41 balls to ensure the visitors had something to bowl at in the gloom at Old Trafford.

He was named as ODI captain of the team in absence of Captain Michael Clarke and Vice-captain Shane Watson. He led three ODIs in the five match series in which he won two ODIs and lost one. He made an impressive 89 during the win at the MCG was first impression as captain.

Bailey scored his ODI first century in a match against the West Indies. Australia had been in a difficult situation at 56/4 when Bailey came in but his 125 not out from 110 balls took Australia to a challenging total of 266.

In Nagpur ODI against Indian Bailey's series aggregate of 474 is the best by any batsman in a bilateral series. With one match still left, he has already gone past the previous record of 467 set by Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza in a five-match series against Kenya in 2009.

During the course of his 156, Bailey went past 1500 ODI runs in only his 32nd innings. Only Hashim Amla has done it faster in 30 innings. Bailey has become only the ninth Australian to score 1000 or more ODI runs in a calendar year.

In November 2013, Bailey became Australia's 436th Test cap in the Ashes and was presented with the baggy green before start of play by a former captain Mark Taylor.

In December 2013, Bailey hit 28 runs off an over from James Anderson in the Third Ashes Test at WACA Ground equalling Brian Lara's record for the most runs off an over in Test cricket.

Channel Nine Controversy[edit]

During the 2012-13 summer, George Bailey led a one day Australian team lacking drawcards Dave Warner and Shane Watson. This led to criticism from Channel Nine, who broadcast the game. Bailey defended the side at a press conference, saying Channel Nine were motivated in part by a desire to talk down the game and thus pay a cheaper price for the TV rights:

I can probably understand it coming from Channel Nine. I think they're about to go into negotiations for the TV rights. I think that was a pretty tactical move to try to talk down one-day cricket and what the Australian team's putting out. But it's still called the Australian cricket team.[7]

Channel Nine's executive director of cricket, and former NSW player Brad McNamara, angrily denied this:

Nowhere has Channel Nine ever talked the one-day game down, nowhere have we ever said this is a 'B team'. It's rubbish and George should stick to playing cricket and leave (television) rights to the people who know what they're talking about. I reckon he's got his hands full as it is. He needs to concentrate on staying in the side. And he needs to understand where his money's coming from. Without the TV rights deal, George is probably working in a coalmine or flipping burgers at McDonald's.[8]

Cricket writer Jarrod Kimber later argued this caused a permanent schism between Bailey and Channel Nine. He says it was brought to a head during the 2013-14 Ashes test in Sydney, when Bailey failed to make a fifty in two attempts:

It seemed that no one in the Channel Nine box could make a comment about him that wasn't negative. His feet, hands, technique and temperament were questioned. His second-innings 46 was not enough. And they weren't always wrong. It just seemed kind of mean. Especially when at the back of the press box some seemed happy when he was out. But it went deeper than McNamara's comments. Bailey had made mistakes in his career. He hadn't made enough first-class runs. He hadn't come into the team as a young man. He came into the captaincy without playing a game. He came into the Test team because of one-day runs. He was everything old-school cricket didn't like. A thinking cricketer who had never demanded inclusion, but who had been included regardless. For old-school types like Ian Chappell, he was pretty much everything he didn't like. And Chappell wasn't just turning on Bailey because of his stoush with Channel Nine. He had not liked Bailey for a long time.[9]

One Day International Centuries[edit]

George Bailey's One Day International Centuries
No. Runs Match Against City/Country Venue Date Result
1 125* 20  West Indies Perth, Australia WACA Ground 2013 Won
2 156 34  India Nagpur, India Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium 2013 Lost


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