George Bailey, the Tasmania captain must have hoped for a more fairy tale ending to his cricketing career when he walked out to bat against South Australia at Blundstone Arena. The former Australia limited-overs captain is supposed to begin his next innings as a national selector after Greg Chappell’s tenure came to an end.
The 37-year-old right-handed batsman scored 10072 runs in 160 FC matches with 24 centuries at an average of 38.59 with the highest score of 200*. He also picked 136 catches in the first-class cricket. He also has 8438 runs in 275 List-A matches and 3954 runs in 199 T20 matches. He had made his debut in 2004 against New South Wales and made his Australia debut in 2012 in a T20I match as a captain, against India in Sydney.
Wes Agar ruins George Bailey’s farewell party
One of the most loved figures in the sport in Australia, Tasmanian stalwart Bailey bid goodbye to Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield tournament in a cruel way as he was clean bowled, shouldering the ball bowled by fast bowler Wes Agar on the first ball he played in his final ever FC innings. He had scored 7 runs in Tasmania’s first innings score of 254 runs before South Australia put on 346 runs int heir first innings.
Cricket Australia posted Bailey’s anguishing dismissal on their official Twitter account with the caption, “Wes Agar has just assured he will never get picked for Australia EVER!😜😜😜 An unfitting end to an outstanding #SheffieldShield career. Thank you, George ❤️”
Wes Agar has just assured he will never get picked for Australia EVER! 😜😜😜
An unfitting end to an outstanding #SheffieldShield career. Thank you, George ❤️ pic.twitter.com/1EKMGc13wl
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 9, 2019
“Sometimes that won’t be easy. I have had that in the past as a captain and selector of Tasmania and have seen the beginning and endings of careers of some of my absolutely closest mates and I’ve learned a lot through that process. The one thing is I think it’s a constant dialogue when you’re communicating well it’s not something that pops up and hasn’t been broached at some stage to some level before,” Bailey was quoted as saying by SEN radio last week when asked about his new role in Australia cricket.
Bailey played five Tests and captained Australia in some of his 30 T20Is and 90 one-day international appearances will call an end to his cricketing career in February after playing the Big Bash League. He will take up his role as a selector alongside chairman Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer.
He made 3044 runs in 90 ODIs and 473 runs in 30 T20I matches wearing the Australia colours scoring 3 centuries and 24 half-centuries in total, with his highest score of 156 coming against India. He conjured up 183 runs in Test matches before being dropped from the Test team after a lean 2013/14 home Ashes series.
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