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Cricket Australia appoints George Bailey as Australia selector
George Bailey appointed selector

Cricket Australia appoints George Bailey as Australia selector

According to reports, former Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey is going to be the part of the three-man national selection committee and will be joining hands with Trevor Hohns and incumbent national team head coach Justin Langer.

Bailey is still active in domestic cricket and is playing in the ongoing Sheffield Shield for Tasmania but now he will be juggling between two tasks as he will replace Greg Chappell in the selection panel after the veteran quit from the role at the conclusion of Ashes series this year.

Bailey has impressive credentials in the T20 format and has been a highly respected figure in Australia cricket. He led Australia in two World Cups and did exceptionally well as a captain in his tenure.

"The panel, and all three, will be responsible for all Australian men's teams," CA national teams chief Ben Oliver said.

"What we've tried to achieve in this recruitment process is adding in some complementary skills to support Trevor and Justin and one of those is a consideration around short-format cricket."

With Australia eying next year's T20 World Cup, Bailey's appointment could help keep a track of top-performing players in the domestic cricket who are suited to limited-overs cricket. 

Tim Paine assisted the former captain in his appointment and mentioned about how his interview was set-up.

"In last week's Shield game he was batting at five, I was batting at seven, so we were both sitting in the change rooms and set up a mock interview," Paine told ABC radio.

"He's ready to go so hopefully he gets the nod, I think he'd be ideal."

Usman Khawaja, who couldn't make the cut for the two-Test matches against Pakistan, liked the idea of a current player being involved in selection duties.

"Like a current domestic player? Like George Bailey or something? I think there is always an option there," Usman said.

"There is no one more involved and more relevant in the game than people who are actually playing the game.

"Players are one of the biggest stakeholders, sometimes the most under-utilised and undervalued stakeholders in the game. It's always important to have someone who still has some skin in the game."

He will likely serve as a bridge between players and selection committee given he is a well-known cricketer and aware of top-performing players in the circuit. Not to mention, he understands the demands of modern-day cricket and so he will add unique insight in the selection panel.