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Bailey could be 'flipping burgers'

ESPNcricinfo staff

January 17, 2013

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George Bailey drives one down the ground, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Melbourne, January 11, 2013
Despite being one of Australia's most in-form ODI players, George Bailey 'needs to concentrate on staying in the side', according to Brad McNamara © AFP
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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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Posted by tententen 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

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge 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.

Posted by Unifex 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.

Posted by dwblurb 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.

Posted by __PK 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.

Posted by redneck 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.

Posted by redneck 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.

Posted by Macca3861 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?

Posted by eggyroe 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.

Posted by luks 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.

Posted by Meety on (January 17, 2013, 11:28 GMT)

I'd say to some extent, the side picked for the 1st 2 ODIs COULD of drawn a curiosity factor. I know I was keen to see Finch have a bat (or slog), & I was defiantely keen to see how Cutting & Hughes would go. So I would of been surprised if the ODIs rated badly.

Posted by McCricket_ on (January 17, 2013, 11:23 GMT)

Bailey's original comments were in response to a pointed question from a journo, specifically asking if he could understand why Ch 9 was critical of the team. Read in full, his response was a bit off the mark but mostly innocuous. As the Australian captain he defended his team -- as most would expect him to. McNamara's comments cannot be described as innocuous -- they are over the top, unprofessional and out of place.

If I was a miner with a kid working at Macca's, I'd be listening to Kerry on the Radio and reading Cricinfo live commentary for the rest of the ODIs.

Posted by billycraven on (January 17, 2013, 10:47 GMT)

"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". With comments like this it is not wonder Assie cricket is a mess, the wrong people running the game. I sincerely hope channel 9 take action against McNamara, talk about bringing the game into disrepute, this borders on blackmail. Any upstanding cricketer should ignore McNamara from now on and only do the minimum what is reguired by channel 9 untill an apology is received from them.

Posted by Nightwing32 on (January 17, 2013, 10:17 GMT)

The thing is that I would rather see cricket on Channel 9...then 7 with Bruce or Channel 10....I just think the problem with Channel 9 cricket is that they are targeting with their commentary people who don't really follow cricket that well. That's why they are trying to put 'fun' and 'edgy' and all that stuff. I think Heals could commentate much better if he wasn't told to dumb down to the audience. That's why I think England and South Africa have gotten it right, they aren't trying to dumb cricket down. Bailey had every right to speak his mind cause he backed it up and I'm glad he is playing for Australia.

Posted by Boundsy0868 on (January 17, 2013, 10:13 GMT)

The Australian team is criticised, and George Bailey, the captain, speaks out in defense...and rightfully so. "...flipping burgers...", what a disgraceful, disrepectful comment from someone in such a position. People are entitled to an opinion, but sometimes people who should know better overstep the line. That said, the Channel 9 commentators had a good point - it was an odd team (with no disrespect to the other players who came into the side), and it would have been a nice way for Huss to bow out of all international cricket (after all, he initially only retired from Test Cricket, didn't he?).

Posted by 68704 on (January 17, 2013, 9:36 GMT)

I do realize the need of the game for sponsors and we all know they call the shots. But this is a blatant and needless show of strength. As one of the comments rightly said it was completely uncalled for . I really think the establishment which is just waiting to slap some fine, reprimand or punishment on players for statements that were far more innocuous made by players, should get into this. Bailey is a sensible guy, who kept his cool even when warne shot his mouth off about him in the Big Bash to hundreds of thousands of viewers .Bailey has led adequately and batted well and I think he should be a candidate for the test spot as well. Australia needs maturity in the team and he is the right man to be a long term prospect Ramajuam sridhar

Posted by jwayong on (January 17, 2013, 9:28 GMT)

A totally inappropriate comments about 'flipping burgers', is Brad McNamara implying that George Bailey couldn't find a better job if Cricket is not his main career? Brad should apologise for his totally unprofessional comment! Brad should realise that his career depends on these athletes - being a cricket producer!

Posted by Nerk on (January 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Bit of a storm in a teacup really. Channel Nine's commentators, particularly Taylor, Slater and Healy, were complaining about the make-up of the Australian team in the first ODIs during the Sydney test. They questioned why Warner and M.Hussey (who had not retired from ODI), amongst others, were not selected and thought that it was an odd team, perhaps not representative of the best XI in the country. Surely Bailey must recognise that as cricket commentators, they should be allowed to make such statements. Similarly, Brad McNamara should recognise that Bailey should be allowed to respond to what he saw as unfair criticism of his side, and of him. And perhaps Bailey is correct, and that this response from McNamara is a ploy to divert attention away from the negotiations about Ch. 9's contract with CA.

Posted by Only_Vimal on (January 17, 2013, 9:16 GMT)

What Bailey said may or may not have been right, but this is not the way to respond especially considering McNamara's position. And he needs to understand that the money is not coming from Channel Nine but from all the viewers. They are the ones who pay not just Bailey's salaries but his as well. Infact, broadcasters and boards across the world would be served better if they understood this seemingly simple fact.

Posted by WheresTheEmpire on (January 17, 2013, 9:10 GMT)

I don't recall Brad Who? playing for Aus. I think Brad Who? should understand where his money's coming from - the advertisers, and their money comes from us, the cricket fans. Brad Who? may not be working at all if it was not for us.

Congratulations George Bailey, on being a true leader and standing up for your team.

Posted by ozjosh on (January 17, 2013, 9:09 GMT)

Spot on by Brad McNamara. The ACB may well be the payer on the players' pay checks, but Channel 9 is ultimately where the money is coming from. As a major stakeholder in the Australian game over the last forty years they're more than entitled to speak their mind. The 'team' rolled out for the first ODI was nothing less than a 'B' team- as disparaging as that may sound it is by name true: only a few of the regular ODI starters were included. Probably wouldn't have gone as far as to say that Bailey would be flipping burgers etc... it was justifiable to say that he should shut up and play cricket instead of biting the hand that feeds him.

Posted by Praxis on (January 17, 2013, 9:07 GMT)

It's the other way around, McNamara.

Posted by   on (January 17, 2013, 8:37 GMT)

this is a totally uncalled for thing...and considering this is a direct attack on the Aus captain I wonder what CA has to say on this...what Channel Nine needs to understand is it is only for the cricketers people like them are in business, otherwise they would not be even able to flip burgers

Posted by Harlequin. on (January 17, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

Despite knowing almost nothing about what was/wasn't said, I am automatically going to side with the cricketer on this one, even if he is Australian. Go Bailey!

Posted by Jay32 on (January 17, 2013, 8:13 GMT)

Bailey's inclusion in the limited overs format is the best decision to come out of the NSP. Having said that , Bailey has repaid the faith selectors have shown in him by becoming the leading run scorer in the past six or so months. With Mike hussey retired from ODIs, Bailey's role becomes even more important and vital to the Australian middle order. Bailey's calm persona is akin to Mike Hussey especially under pressure.

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