Monday, January 23, 2012

George Bailey named Australia Twenty20 captain

Uncapped batsman George Bailey has been named as Australia's new Twenty20 captain after previous skipper Cameron White was dropped from the squad to face India.

White will not feature in the two upcoming matches against India after managing just 55 runs at an average of 7.85 in the Big Bash League.

Bailey, 29, has hit 114 runs at an average of 19 in the BBL.

Brad Hogg, 40, and Brett Lee, 35, have been recalled to face India.

Hogg turns 41 in February but has been outstanding in the BBL, taking 12 wickets for the Perth Scorchers.

Bailey impressed selectors with his captaincy for Australia A against New Zealand in November and replaces White, who took the role when Michael Clarke retired from the format in January last year.

National selection panel chairman John Inverarity said: "George is a very good T20 player with a sound record.

"He is widely respected and regarded as an outstanding captain, having had sustained success in this role.

"Brad Hogg's bowling has been outstanding and his case for inclusion was compelling."

Australia face India on 1 and 3 February.

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