Former Australia T20I captain George Bailey was appointed as one of the country’s three national selectors on Wednesday. He has replaced the retired Greg Chappell. He joins chairman Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer and puts the full stop on his long playing career after the domestic Big Bash League in early February to take on the role full-time as well.
“I have been fortunate enough to contribute as a player for quite a few years, and to now have the opportunity to continue in the role of selector is a tremendous honour,” said Bailey. “I’m confident I can add value to the selection process and that my experience will be complementary to that of Trevor and Justin.”
George Bailey, 37, has played five Tests, 90 One Day Internationals and 30 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia. He has also played for Tasmania, Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars since making his first-class debut in 2004. He is just 12 runs short of 10,000 first-class runs.
“He is an outstanding leader and one of the most respected, thoughtful and generous figures in international cricket,” said Cricket Australia’s head of national teams Ben Oliver said. “His extensive experience across all formats, and deep knowledge of T20 cricket, will be invaluable as we head into a home T20 World Cup (next year) and beyond.”
Bailey replaced former Australia captain Chappell, who had been in the post of Cricket Australia’s national talent manager for the past nine years as well as a selector before announced his retirement in September.