Clarke backs `great fella` Bailey to earn Test debut for Oz in winter Ashes
Sydney: Injured Australian captain Michael Clarke has backed stand-in ODI captain George Bailey as a worthy debutant in the first Test of the return Ashes series at the Gabba, beginning next month.
Bailey`s 1379 runs at 53 in 33 one-day matches has taken him ahead of any other Australian since his debut in March last year, and second in the world behind India`s Virat Kohli
According to News.com.au, Clarke hailed Bailey, saying that the captain, who would be leading the ODI team in India for the sixth game in Nagpur, has done an exceptional job in the last couple of years in the shorter formats, adding that he would love to see him get his opportunity in the Test team.
Clarke further said that the final selection would be based on performance and who the selectors think is the right man for the position, adding that he has always enjoyed playing alongside Bailey as he is a `great fella`.
Chairman of selectors John Inverarity has indicated that Bailey may not even need to play a Sheffield Shield match on his return from the Indian one-day series to play against England in Brisbane, saying that Bailey`s performance in one-day cricket has been outstanding and he brings a large amount of character to the team.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Will appoint nodal officer for Kashmiris: Rajnath Singh
- DNA: Analyzing ground reality of life of poor and vagrant people in India
- DNA: Analysis of press conference between Rajnath Singh and Mehbooba Mufti on Kashmir violence
- DNA: Analysis of India's weaknesses in new inventions and discoveries
- DNA: Prasoon Joshi's hard-hitting poem depicting society's mentality towards females
- Being obese can cause 13 types of cancer, say scientists
- All you want to know about Krishna Janmashtami: Muhurat, puja vidhi and timings!
- Tillakaratne Dilshan to retire from international cricket after 3rd ODI, two T20Is against Australia
- Stand by what I said about RSS, will never stop fighting its hateful agenda: Rahul Gandhi
- Mercedes to have petrol option for all models in India by September