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George Bailey (cricketer, born 1982)

George Bailey
Bailey in 2014
Personal information
Full name
George John Bailey
Born (1982-09-07) 7 September 1982 (age 41)[1]
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleTop-order batter
RelationsGeorge H. Bailey (great-great-grandfather)
International information
National side
Test debut (cap 436)21 November 2013 v England
Last Test3 January 2014 v England
ODI debut (cap 195)16 March 2012 v West Indies
Last ODI9 December 2016 v New Zealand
ODI shirt no.2
T20I debut (cap 55)1 February 2012 v India
Last T20I15 September 2017 v Pakistan
T20I shirt no.2
Domestic team information
2001/02–2019/20Tasmania (squad no. 10)
2009-2010Chennai Super Kings
2011/12Melbourne Stars
2012/13–2019/20Hobart Hurricanes
2013, 2017Hampshire
2014–2015Kings XI Punjab
2016Rising Pune Supergiants
Career statistics
Competition Test ODI FC LA
Matches 5 90 161 275
Runs scored 183 3,044 10,079 8,438
Batting average 26.14 40.58 38.32 36.84
100s/50s 0/1 3/22 24/52 11/55
Top score 53 156 200* 156
Balls bowled 102 53
Wickets 0 1
Bowling average 40.00
5 wickets in innings 0
10 wickets in match 0
Best bowling 1/19
Catches/stumpings 10/– 48/– 136/– 123/–
Medal record
Men's Cricket
Representing  Australia
World Cup
Winner 2015 Australia & New Zealand
Source: ESPNcricinfo, 10 December 2019

George John Bailey (born 7 September 1982) is a former Australian cricketer, who played all formats for the national team and captained the team in limited-over formats. Domestically, Bailey played for the Tasmanian cricket team in all three domestic state competitions (the Sheffield Shield, One-Day Cup and KFC Twenty20 Big Bash) as well as the Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars in the Twenty20 Big Bash's successor, the KFC Big Bash League. He has also played in the Indian Premier League and T20 Blast, and in Scotland with Grange Cricket Club. Bailey was a member of the Australian team that won the 2015 Cricket World Cup.

Bailey was appointed as Twenty20 captain of the Australian national team in 2012, succeeding Cameron White prior to the two match series against India 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 appointed 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, Bailey was named in the Australian team for the 2013–14 Ashes series against England. He played all five matches of the series,[5] but was subsequently dropped from the Test team.[6]

In the 2017–18 season, Bailey won his first Ricky Ponting Medal for Tasmania's best player in the previous season.[7] He was appointed as the chief selector of Cricket Australia in August 2021.[8]

Early life and education

Bailey is the great-great-grandson of George Herbert Bailey, who represented Tasmania in 15 first-class matches, and the great-grandson of Keith Bailey, who represented Tasmania in two first-class matches.[2] He was born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania. He attended the Launceston Church Grammar School, where he was school captain and graduated in 2000. He then studied business at the University of Tasmania, and resided at Jane Franklin Hall. Bailey graduated with a Graduate Certificate of Management in 2016, and is currently[when?] completing a Master of Business Administration degree at the university.[9]

Domestic and T20 franchise career

Bailey playing with Tasmania in 2008.

A destructive striker who can change a match within a few overs, Bailey arrived as a state one-day player at the age of 19 after playing his junior cricket with the South Launceston Cricket Club. Bailey was first selected to play for Tasmania in 2005/06, due to injuries to regular players, and he was given an extended stint in the first-class team, scoring 778 Pura Cup runs, including three centuries, and earning a second invitation to the academy.

Talk of the state leadership and possible national team representation began that summer,[citation needed] after he scored a highest score was 155 against South Australia, an innings that formed part of a state-record fourth-wicket partnership of 292 with Travis Birt.[10][11]

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.

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.

In the 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 the Melbourne Stars for the first season of the Big Bash League. Bailey scored 114 runs at an average of 19 for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League.

In 2016, Bailey was signed by the Rising Pune Supergiants, a new Indian Premier League team, as a replacement to Faf du Plessis who was ruled out of due to a finger injury. This was Bailey's third IPL team after Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab where he was captain for last two years as the franchise decided to release him and there was no buyer for him 2016 auction.[12]

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Montreal Tigers franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament.[13]

International career

George Bailey's record as captain
  Matches Won Lost Drawn Tied No result Win %
ODI[14] 29 16 10 0 0 3 55.17%
Twenty20[15] 28 14 13 0 1 50%
Date last Updated: 2 September 2015

In early 2010, Bailey was called up for the ODIs in New Zealand when Michael Clarke returned home for personal reasons – but did not win a cap. He subsequently had to wait until 2012 to make his international debut. When he did, he did so as captain of the Australian national Twenty20 team, succeeding Cameron White prior to the two match series against India,[16] which 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.[17]

Bailey with Australia in 2014

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, the batsman Travis Birt had earned a recall nearly two years after his last international appearance and Brad Hogg had returned after retiring in 2008.

There had been criticism over his appointment. Bailey's highest score in the shortest format at the time of his appointment had been 60 and he had made only one T20 half-century in the previous three seasons, but he said batting at No.5 opportunities were often limited.[citation needed] He led Australia to victory in his 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. He made some hasty decisions such as sending Matthew Wade at No. 6 given the fact that 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 the squad for the West Indies tour. As a result of an injury to Australian captain Michael Clarke, he was included in the first ODI of the series and Bailey top scored with 48 runs in Australia's 204 for 8. He was the third highest run scorer in the series with 172 runs behind Kieron Pollard and Michael Hussey. He also scored his first half-century.

During a T20 series against West Indies, he scored 45 runs in two matches. Like the India series, the West Indies series was ended in tie. Australia won the first match by 8 wickets but lost the second match by 14 runs.

At the start of the Ireland and England tour it was decided that Bailey would not receive a central contract for the 2012/13 season, despite being captain of the national T20I team.

In the fifth ODI Bailey produced some excellent cricket, rounding off his efforts with a 46 from 41 balls to ensuring that Australia posted a troubling total for England.

He was named as the ODI captain of the team in absence of the captain Michael Clarke and vice-captain Shane Watson. He led three ODIs in the five match series, winning two and losing one. He made an impressive 89 during the win at the MCG to give a good first impression as captain.

Bailey scored his maiden ODI 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.

During the 2013 ODI series against India, Bailey scored a total of 478 runs, setting a record for the most runs by any batsman in a bilateral series. With one match remaining, he had broken the previous record of 467 set by Zimbabwe's Hamilton Masakadza in a five-match series against Kenya in 2009,[18] which in turn was broken by India's Rohit Sharma in the same series.[19] In the sixth match of the series, Bailey posted an innings of 156,[20] and in doing so went past 1,500 ODI runs in only his 32nd innings. Only Hashim Amla has done it faster in 30 innings. Bailey became only the ninth Australian to score 1000 or more ODI runs in a calendar year.[18]

He was also named in the ODI XI by ESPNcricinfo for his performances in 2013.[21]

In November 2013, Bailey became Australia's 436th Test cap in the Ashes and was presented with the baggy green before the 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.

He was also awarded the Men's ODI Player of the Year at the Allan Border Medal ceremony by the CA in 2014.[22]

On 7 September 2014, George Bailey resigned as the captain of the Australian T20I team to focus solely on the 2015 ODI World Cup.

In August 2017, he was named in a World XI side to play three Twenty20 International matches against Pakistan in the 2017 Independence Cup in Lahore.[23] In the third match of the series, Bailey undertook wicketkeeping duties.[24]

Channel Nine controversy

During the 2012–13 summer, George Bailey led a one-day Australian team lacking draw-cards David 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.[25]

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.[26]

Cricket writer Jarrod Kimber later argued that 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.[27]

In 2021 George Bailey became chief selector for the Australian men's international cricket team.


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  2. ^ a b "George Bailey". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  3. ^ "Bailey named Australia's T20 captain, Hogg recalled". ESPNcricinfo. 23 January 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
  4. ^ "George Bailey beats Matthew Wade to Australian vice-captaincy for Champions Trophy". NDTV. 1 May 2013. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
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  6. ^ Conn, Malcolm (20 January 2014). "George Bailey dropped from Test side to tour South Africa, Shaun Marsh in squad". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  7. ^ Fair, Alex (30 March 2018). "George Bailey crowned the Ricky Ponting medalist for 2017–18". The Advocate. Retrieved 31 March 2018.
  8. ^ "George Bailey named chairman of selectors of Australia men's team".
  9. ^ Wu, Andrew (2 November 2013). "The rise of George Bailey". Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 19 June 2016.
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  11. ^ "Watch out for the Tigers: Perren". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 November 2006. Archived from the original on 3 November 2020. Retrieved 3 November 2020.
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  20. ^ "Scorecard: 6th ODI: India v Australia at Nagpur, 30 October 2013". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 January 2015.
  21. ^ "AB, Ajmal and Co". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  22. ^ "Australian Cricket Awards. Cricket Australia". Retrieved 23 December 2019.
  23. ^ "Faf du Plessis named captain of World XI to travel to Pakistan". ESPNcricinfo. 24 August 2017. Retrieved 24 August 2017.
  24. ^ "Scorecard: 3rd T20I (N), Independence Cup at Lahore, September 15, 2017". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  25. ^ Byron Coverdale, "Will a crowd show up for weaker Australia?", Cricinfo 10 January 2013 accessed 15 March 2014
  26. ^ "Nine cricket boss Brad McNamara takes aim at George Bailey", The Australian 17 January 2013 accessed 15 March 2014
  27. ^ Jarrod Kimber, "George Who?", Cricinfo, 14 March 2014 accessed 15 March 2014
Preceded byDaniel Marsh Tasmanian First-Class cricket captains 2009/10–2018/19 Succeeded byMatthew Wade Preceded byDaniel Marsh Tasmanian One-Day cricket captains 2009/10 – Current Succeeded byCurrent Preceded byCameron White Australian national cricket captain (T20I) 2012–2014 Succeeded byAaron Finch
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