Sydney: Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has admitted it’s an all or nothing type of situation right now for him to etch his name in the country’s cricketing folklore.
At 30, Bailey’s rise as an Australian short form batsman has been an undeniable success. In 13 one-day matches since making his debut in the West Indies earlier this year Bailey is averaging 40.
Bailey was Australia’s best-performing batsman when it lost in England 4-0 midyear, averaging 50, and averaged 49 during the recent three-match series in the UAE, and being part of the one-day team has been a massive bonus for Bailey as T20 captain.
“That’s quite comfortably the best thing that’s happened, for no more reason than to get to know guys better and they get to know you better,” a website quoted Bailey, as saying.
The Tasmanian, who was picked in the T20 team straightaway as captain, admitted leading the team has been a comfortable journey for him so far
“It coincided with me feeling as comfortable as I have with my game so I don’t know. It (national selection) might have happened anyway,” he added.
“I’m certainly very aware that at my age I’ll probably only get one crack at this. I certainly want to try and make every post a winner,” he said.
Bailey added: “I envy seeing Steve Smith, Patty Cummins, James Pattinson, Glenn Maxwell, that sort of age group come through because they will learn so much just from being in the system.”
“Then if they do have a little down patch they’ll have an opportunity to come back, whereas I don’t think I’ll have that. While I’m here it’s all or nothing. Once it’s gone it will be gone for good probably,” he further said.
First Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012, 14:11