George Bailey on Thursday made his final appearance in professional cricket as his side were knocked out of the ongoing Big Bash League.
Before the start of the BBL, it was announced that the veteran from Tasmania would retire from professional cricket to take up the role of Cricket Australia selector.
His BBL side Hobart Hurricanes were ousted by Sydney Thunder, who will now face Adelaide Strikers on February 1. Thunder, while batting first, posted a mammoth 197 before restricting Hurricanes to 140.
Batting in what proved to be his final game, Bailey could only muster 13 off 7 balls before pulling Morris to deep mid-wicket. D’Arcy Short (37) was the top-scorer in the line-up which depicted a rather average performance by the home team.
But Bailey, 37, is poised to take the up the duties of becoming a selector as Australia seek to win the T20 World Cup on their home soil in October this year.
“It’s just the right time. I have been very content with it throughout the season really,” he said after the game. “This was a bit of a bonus one of it is like John Farnham. I have been copping a lot of flak about having two farewell games.”
“I never thought I would play for Australia. I didn’t think I was good enough to do that. I certainly didn’t think I would play this long for Tasmania.
“One of the funniest things is we spent how many years of our careers not knowing that this format was ever going to come around and exist. So that was pretty extraordinary to have the last 10 or 11 years with T20 growing and giving me such great opportunities to travel and the world, meet some amazing people and have some amazing cricketing memories.”