County news May 10, 2016

Bailey signs for Middlesex as cover for Voges

ESPNcricinfo staff

George Bailey brings more international experience to Middlesex © Getty Images

George Bailey, Australia's former T20 captain, will join Middlesex at the end of June as a replacement for his fellow countryman Adam Voges, who is expected to be on international duty with the Test team in Sri Lanka.

Bailey, 33, has played five Tests, 71 ODIs and 28 T20Is in his international career, and will join an experienced Middlesex dressing-room that already includes the New Zealand duo of Mitchell McClenaghan and Brendon McCullum.

"Obtaining high quality overseas player cover for an entire season is extremely difficult and everyone at Middlesex is delighted that we have been able to acquire the services of a player of George's ability," said Middlesex's director of cricket, Angus Fraser.

"George is an outstanding cricketer with an excellent record in all forms of the game, and, as someone who has captained his country, he will be a valuable addition to the squad both on and off the field."

Bailey's availability may be curtailed if he is selected for the one-day leg of Australia's tour of Sri Lanka in August, but he will be available for all group-stage fixtures during the T20 Blast and One Day Cup.

"I can't wait to get over there," said Bailey. "I'm itching to play in the UK again after a productive and enjoyable stint last year. Middlesex is a quality club and I'm looking forward to helping them achieve their objectives this season.

"Playing at Lord's is an absolute honour. Who wouldn't want to have Lord's as their home ground?"