New Delhi: Out of favour George Bailey is all set to resume his fledging cricket career as Australia take on a boisterous English side on Thursday in the first of five-match One-Day International series of the ongoing Ashes tour.
Having conceded his all-but assured place in the Australian ODI squad to his former skipper Michael Clarke, the right-handed batsman played that proverbial 'team-man' role to perfection by sitting out of their victorious World Cup campaign in January.
But with the retirement of Clarke, the 32-year-old has once again returned to the Australia reckoning. And his first test will be against their traditional rivals England, who have dominated Australia so far in the high-stake Ashes tour.
Bailey was not considered for the lone Twenty20 International, which was won by the hosts despite a brilliant 90-run knock from skipper Steven Smith. But the former Australian captain is expected to play in tomorrow's Southampton match and help regain their winning momentum.
Despite making a single in his comeback match -- post World Cup snub -- against Ireland, leaving out Bailey will not be an astute move for the embattled visitors, who have lost the Test series and also the lone T20 match.
For the record, Bailey averages over 41 in 58 outings, making him one of the leading Australian batsmen, after playing the same number of matches.