Australia v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Brisbane January 17, 2013

Bailey could be 'flipping burgers'

ESPNcricinfo staff

George Bailey could be "working in a coalmine or flipping burgers at McDonald's" if not for the money poured into cricket by Channel Nine, according to the network's executive producer of cricket, Brad McNamara. Bailey last week defended the Australia side he was leading from criticism it was a "B-team", but said he could understand such talk coming from Channel Nine as the network enters a new negotiating period over cricket's television rights.

The Australians rested Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade from the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka, which led to criticism from Channel Nine's head of sport, Steve Crawley. However, in a stinging rebuke on Thursday, McNamara said Nine was not guilty of disparaging the one-day format and that ratings had been good for the first two ODIs in Melbourne and Adelaide.

"Nowhere has Channel Nine ever talked the one-day game down, nowhere have we ever said this is a 'B team'," McNamara said on Sky Sports Radio. "It's rubbish and George should stick to playing cricket and leave rights to the people who know what they're talking about. I reckon he's got his hands full as it is. He needs to concentrate on staying in the side.

"And he needs to understand where his money's coming from. Without the TV rights deal, George is probably working in a coalmine or flipping burgers at McDonald's. All this talk about the death of one-day cricket, it's not coming from us. Given we were lacking star quality, we were very happy [with the ratings]."

Bailey has been Australia's leading run scorer in ODIs in the past six months and made an impressive 89 during the win at the MCG last Friday. He has handed control of the one-day team back to Clarke for the third match against Sri Lanka, to be held in Brisbane on Friday.

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  • s on January 20, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    mcnamara should know that he is not running any charity trust if not channel9 some other channel would pay huge sums. he's leading run scorer recently and also a good captain he would anyway stay in the side

  • j on January 18, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    Bailey, like every single one of the Australian cricket team, might as well 'flip burgers' because they're certainly no good at this game called cricket. England must be loving every second of this.

  • Craig on January 18, 2013, 3:07 GMT

    "Never believe anything until it's been officially denied." Channel 9 were slagging off the quality of the team, no doubt about it, and now here's some more, slagging off the best-performed batsman of the last 6 months. They wanna pay less all right! I'd laugh my head off if Channel 7 got the cricket.

  • David on January 18, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Disgracefully disrespectful comments from Brad McNamara, implying that George Bailey wouldn't have the intelligence or capacity to do anything better with his life than work at McDonald's were he not a cricketer. He seems to consider it alright for Channel Nein to 'rest' commentators Bill Lawry and Richie Benaud from the Adelaide ODI, but not for the Australian team to rest players for what was, in truth, one of the less important international matches they will play over a packed next 12 months.

  • Paul on January 18, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    Not on, Brad. Smacks of jealousy from a mediocre former cricketer who is obviously resentful Bailey is getting an opportunity he didn't. And, understrength or not, Bailey was the Australian captain at the time and should have received more respect from a mere Channel 9 functionary, regardless of the aggrandised job title.

  • hayden on January 18, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    i with McNamara i forked out my hard earned for a ticket to the 2nd game at adelaide oval to watch the only limited overs match in town for the season. as far as im concerned only 20% of the best XI played, i should only have to pay 20% of the entry fee!!! bailey has every right to stand up for his charges but the bigger issue at hand is cricket australia selecting second rate sides with bits and pieces players that can neither bat nor bowl up to an international standard and still expecting the spectator to pay full price aswell as the broadcaster for a bellow standard product.

  • hayden on January 18, 2013, 0:32 GMT

    all this talk of 20/20 crap killing off interest in ODIs is a joke. ODIs are the highest form of cricket that they can ever stage a world cup with realisticly. for that reason alone the format must always go on. great to hear the tv ratings were good for the first 2 matches also.

  • Ken on January 17, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    Brad McNamara was an honest grade cricketer with Western Suburbs and St George who played a few games for NSW becuase he was best man at Steve Waugh's wedding. He wasn't as good as George Bailey. Shouldn't McNamara be flipping burgers?

  • John on January 17, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I was under the impression that in Australia the Captain of the Cricket team was appointed through merit,and the team was selected by the Selector's and he had no say in the selection.Therefore if the Captain does not like the side provided he should have the courage of his convictions and resign his post and take his chance on being re-selected to the team. Personally I'm of the opinion that the Captain should have no say on the selection of the team provided,as in Football.It is the Captain's job the galvanise the team into functioning team irrespective of the player's provided by the selectors.

  • vivek on January 17, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Pathetic comment from McNamara. Shouldn't Aussies be more vigorous in their disapproval of his comments? The rejoinder is that he would also be flipping burgers, if not for talented Aussie cricketers and a cricket-loving public.

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