Former Skipper Bailey named full time Australian selector

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HOBART, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 02: George Bailey of the Hobart Hurricanes smiles through obvious pain in the warm up before the Big Bash League match between the Hobart Hurricanes and Adelaide Strikers at Blundstone Arena on January 2, 2017 in Hobart, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Former Australian skipper George Bailey is all set to become a full-time national selector at the conclusion of the upcoming Big Bash League, Cricket Australia announced on Wednesday (November 27).

Bailey, aged 37, will end his playing career with Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes in early February before joining the National Selection Panel for the Australian men’s cricket team

Bailey has played 125 internationals across formats for Australia with a decent average and had been part of the Ashes winning team in 2013-14. The Tasmanian, during March 2012, was one of the first to be appointed as Australian captain in a debut game since 1877. Bailey has been a regular in the Tasmania set-up for the last fifteen years and is known to have a nose for identifying talents across the country.

“We’re thrilled to have George join the National Selection Panel. He is an outstanding leader and one of the most respected, thoughtful and generous figures in international cricket,” Ben Oliver, EGM of National Teams, said of the appointment.

“George’s international and domestic playing career speaks for itself. His extensive experience across all formats, and deep knowledge of T20 cricket, will be invaluable as we head into a home T20 World Cup and beyond.We’re also excited about the broader impact that George will have on Australian cricket as we work to connect more closely with players, coaches and high performance staff across the country,” he added.

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