Victorian coach backs 'protegee' Bailey to don Baggy Green in winter Ashes

Sydney, Oct 26 : Australian stand-in captain George Bailey's Victoria coach has backed him to fill the vacant No.6 batting spot in the Test squad for the winter Ashes series following Bailey's dominant display in India.

Bailey, who is currently captaining Australia in the seven-match one-day series, plundered 318 runs in ten days, including his 98 from 94 balls on Wednesday, which was his third half-century in four matches.

According to, Victorian coach Greg Shipperd said that Test selectors could no longer ignore Bailey as he is has the first dibs to clinch a Baggy Green debut in the first Test against England at the Gabba, adding that half the battle for a player revolves around his decisions, confidence and comfort in a game.

The former Western Australia and Tasmania batsman, who scored 6806 first-class runs at 42.27 from 1977-91, further said that Bailey is capable of fulfilling a role at No.6 for Australia for some time given the way his game is progressing, even though it was always a challenge at the next level.

Shipperd also said that Bailey's first-class average of 38.29 from 96 games with 14 centuries does not do justice to his ability, adding that Bailey has 'oodles of skills and talent' and a sound temperament, understands leadership, fits in a dressing room and is an engaging team player.

--ANI (Posted on 26-10-2013)

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