The Ashes 2013-14 October 29, 2013

Bailey firms as Ashes inclusion

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George Bailey appears to have hurdled the dual obstacles of poor recent Sheffield Shield returns and an indifferent record at the Gabba to take a place in Australia's Ashes top six, after a glowing assessment of his qualities by the national selector John Inverarity.

There appears to be little need for Bailey to rush home from the current ODI tour of India either, as Inverarity said the coming rounds would not overly distract the selectors from a Test squad they appear largely settled on.

The composure, poise and leadership demonstrated by Bailey across his limited-overs career to date, most recently on the subcontinent where he has shepherded an understrength touring team to a 2-1 series lead with two matches remaining, is serving him increasingly well to cover the holes in his domestic CV.

Chief among those is a tally of 256 Shield runs at 18.28 in 2012-13, the largest single factor in his omission from the Ashes tour earlier this year. He improved marginally while playing for Hampshire in England, tallying 263 at 37.57 from five appearances.

Of similarly modest dimensions is Bailey's record in first-class cricket at the Gabba, where eight matches have reaped only 279 runs at 21.46 and a highest score of 76. This statistic is mitigated a little by the knowledge that Brisbane's Test strip is habitually the ground's best and most equable surface of the season, in contrast to the grassy Shield decks commonly unveiled for southern visitors.

Nonetheless, Inverarity acknowledged that, should it come to pass, Bailey's selection would be based upon his international runs, character and leadership attributes, rather than the compelling domestic case he has never quite managed to make.

"His performance in ODI cricket has been outstanding," Inverarity said. "Since he started 18 months ago he's been our best-performed one-day player in terms of average, aggregate runs, strike-rate. He's just been outstanding, so it's a thrill to see him coming on and playing so well.

"When we look at a player we look at four things: their batting, their bowling, their fielding, and their character or what else they bring to the team. George certainly brings a great deal in that character category to the team. He's a very mature, calm young man. I think you'll have seen [that] in his batting performances. Difficult situations bring out the best in him."

Bailey and Steve Smith were the two notable absentees from the Australia A squad compiled to face the tourists in Hobart from November 6. Smith is a certainty to play at the Gabba, and each would have been a capable captain, but Inverarity said that in Bailey's case, there was not much more the selectors needed to learn about him.

"The general feeling is we thought George has gone past that," he said. "That's more development, and he's firmly entrenched as an Australian player. All performances are important, but we're not going to select the Ashes team just on the performances of that round of Shield and [the] Australia A game. Our minds are well made up before that.

"We're very well advanced on our planning. Almost all the places we know who is going to be in the Test team. It's probably the last one or two places [that are not yet settled], that's all. As long as we're not plagued by further injuries, we're pretty settled with where we're at. I think we're more settled and at a better place now than we were when we went away for the Ashes in England."

Another man not named in the Australia A team was David Warner, who has allayed any fear among the selectors about his batting form and mindset by coshing a trio of centuries for New South Wales in the domestic limited-overs competition. Inverarity reckoned that the time spent settling at home, rather than venturing once more to India, had aided Warner's focus.

"We were thrilled to bits with three of his last four innings, where he scored very good hundreds," Inverarity said of Warner. "I think David's learned a lot during the past five or six months. His form during the Ryobi was outstanding and we're looking forward to him taking that forward. It's been very good for David to be settled in his home bed for some months. He's had a real chance to settle down and I think it's been in his interests to do so."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • popcorn on October 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    This is fabulous news! At last, a player of George Bailey's calibre gets his due.Bailey's seniority,leadership qualities exhibited as Captain of Tassie and the Aussie International ODI and T20 sides,his maturity will give Michael Clarke and the dressing room wisdom and mental strength to face any adversity.He is akin to Michael Hussey,who quietly went about his work, accumulating runs, and the Selectors saw merit in his inclusion. Gone, I hope,are handing out Baggy Green Caps like chocolates - Glenn Maxwell,Phil Hughes, Moises Henriques,David Warner,Shaun Marsh,Usman Khawaja,have not exactly set the stands alight! Steve Smith has NOW come into own, Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are making consistent scores,but Ed Cowan,David Warner,Moises Henriques,Glenn Maxwell and Phil Hughes need to go back to 4 day Shield Cricket,and show consistency. David Warner plays a 5 day Test like a 3 hour T20. Phil Hughes has got three chances to prove his consistency, and has failed in Test Cricket.

  • Ragav999 on November 2, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @Meety: Great to see you back writing your opinions. I agree with the fact that Bailey has not been consistent enough in his long first class career compared to the likes of Brad Hodge or David Hussey who were not given chances in Test cricket. Going by the same logic, we should question why Ed Cowan was picked in Tests with a mediocre first class record and in midst of a temporary purple patch. Picking Bailey is not the worst selection as the selectors have picked guys like Maxwell, C White, Rob Quiney, Hastings, M North who were not by any means extraordinarily consistent. Bailey seems to be in a separate level from the rest of the guys in the last 18 months. He looks great and exudes confidence and joy. He is a better bet than Hughes/Khawaja who have fantastic stats but have not been able to grab their opportunities. Let us also not forget that Bailey has played in difficult tracks in his home ground in Shield games which has played a part in his lower average.

  • Meety on November 1, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT) - you said "...we have blooded young hopefuls in ODIs first before giving them a shot at the tests..." - key word was YOUNG. Bailey has been brilliant in ODIs, however during his time in the ODIs his Shield form has been poor & his County stint fairly average & he is not young - he is 31. If say Mitch Marsh had been doing what Bailey has - I would agree with you, give the YOUNG bloke a go, & I do agree that ODIs can be a good blooding ground. If Bailey gets selected - I will wish him well, my issue is that for 96 FC games & 10yrs - he has not done enuff to be a Test cricketer. On top of that - his Shield performances at the Gabba are really terrible - one decent innings in nearly 10yrs - does not bode well.

  • Meety on November 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game on (October 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT) - nice reinvention of the facts. The Gabba was grassy, but due to the unseasonally cool weather that had been in SE QLD for that summer & the previous two, the pitch was slow & lacked some of its usual bounce. "...SA played on a highway..." - yet one injury aside, SA was in grave danger of losing the match if a day hadn't been lost to rain. That "highway" would of been a result pitch!

  • on October 31, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I remember Pak fans were ridiculing Misbah so badly. But now there are too few of them

    Bailey is a matured player and I have a very strong feeling he will justify his postion in the team. It's not like Australia is spewing with batting talent.he is captain material.clarke has crumbling back and watto doesn't seem to be matured for captaincy. So why not Bailey.

  • Shaggy076 on October 30, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    I'm in two minds about this decision, firstly I have always been of the opinion that test cricketers must be selected via Sheffield shield form and on this scale Bailey fails. However, his one-day form not just in India, England as well has been very impressive and appears to be a level headed bloke that can bring his A game to test cricket. If we look back on the shield season last year as we don't have any sample size this year it really was only Hughes that has done enough to get picked. For mine it should be Hughes playing as only two tests ok he batted superbly at number 6 before finding himself at #3 for one test and dropped. Bailey seems a risky move however, one that may work out.

  • Alexk400 on October 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I really think he is a flat track specialist. Good player of spin and destroying India in india. Will he bat against tall english bowler. I doubt he has the skills. But if he has bit of luck he can cement his place because he seems more mature than other younger players.

  • 07sanjeewakaru on October 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Performance on those bowlers graveyards in India and against the current rubbish bowling attack of India in this ongoing ODI series shouldn't be the criteria of selecting a player for a Ashes series in Australia.Specially,with that unbelievably below par record in the recent Sheffield Shield selectors may be quite brave to pick him for this Aus summer Ashes...By the way he seems like a wonderful man with temperament.

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on October 30, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Bailey has batted beautifully in yellow clothes for a long time. He looks so assured strolling to the wicket, taking his guard and looking around himself to see 4 on the boundary, 5 saving one in the circle. Eoin Morgan has always looked the same. White clothes, 3 slips, gully, short leg ..... not so self assured. The stats for both of them spell trouble in the test arena. He has a great temperament but his technique will be severely tested. I'm looking forward to taking my seat at the Gabba.

  • Beertjie on October 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT) - your judgments are much too quick. Why should Bailey's failing in the 1st test lose him his spot? One can't drop someone you think is a genuine candidate that quickly. Likewise giving someone like Usman Khawaja the boot before he can try to cement his place is simply not on. Look at the chances Hughes has got and he's still not cemented his place. But he too should get another shot - not sure when or at whose expense. Agree @HatsforBats on (October 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT), but unless I truly believe that there'll be 7 batsmen in the squad and he'll be one of them. If he gets a go, I hope he takes it, but don't keep flogging a dead horse for the sake of his possible captaincy role. There's an Ashes to be won! Agree @Chris_P on (October 29, 2013, 13:23 GMT) about Shield v Ryobi/ODI also with@ ian2208 on (October 29, 2013, 13:41 GMT).

  • popcorn on October 30, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    This is fabulous news! At last, a player of George Bailey's calibre gets his due.Bailey's seniority,leadership qualities exhibited as Captain of Tassie and the Aussie International ODI and T20 sides,his maturity will give Michael Clarke and the dressing room wisdom and mental strength to face any adversity.He is akin to Michael Hussey,who quietly went about his work, accumulating runs, and the Selectors saw merit in his inclusion. Gone, I hope,are handing out Baggy Green Caps like chocolates - Glenn Maxwell,Phil Hughes, Moises Henriques,David Warner,Shaun Marsh,Usman Khawaja,have not exactly set the stands alight! Steve Smith has NOW come into own, Khawaja and Shaun Marsh are making consistent scores,but Ed Cowan,David Warner,Moises Henriques,Glenn Maxwell and Phil Hughes need to go back to 4 day Shield Cricket,and show consistency. David Warner plays a 5 day Test like a 3 hour T20. Phil Hughes has got three chances to prove his consistency, and has failed in Test Cricket.

  • Ragav999 on November 2, 2013, 8:04 GMT

    @Meety: Great to see you back writing your opinions. I agree with the fact that Bailey has not been consistent enough in his long first class career compared to the likes of Brad Hodge or David Hussey who were not given chances in Test cricket. Going by the same logic, we should question why Ed Cowan was picked in Tests with a mediocre first class record and in midst of a temporary purple patch. Picking Bailey is not the worst selection as the selectors have picked guys like Maxwell, C White, Rob Quiney, Hastings, M North who were not by any means extraordinarily consistent. Bailey seems to be in a separate level from the rest of the guys in the last 18 months. He looks great and exudes confidence and joy. He is a better bet than Hughes/Khawaja who have fantastic stats but have not been able to grab their opportunities. Let us also not forget that Bailey has played in difficult tracks in his home ground in Shield games which has played a part in his lower average.

  • Meety on November 1, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT) - you said "...we have blooded young hopefuls in ODIs first before giving them a shot at the tests..." - key word was YOUNG. Bailey has been brilliant in ODIs, however during his time in the ODIs his Shield form has been poor & his County stint fairly average & he is not young - he is 31. If say Mitch Marsh had been doing what Bailey has - I would agree with you, give the YOUNG bloke a go, & I do agree that ODIs can be a good blooding ground. If Bailey gets selected - I will wish him well, my issue is that for 96 FC games & 10yrs - he has not done enuff to be a Test cricketer. On top of that - his Shield performances at the Gabba are really terrible - one decent innings in nearly 10yrs - does not bode well.

  • Meety on November 1, 2013, 4:12 GMT

    @ Greatest_Game on (October 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT) - nice reinvention of the facts. The Gabba was grassy, but due to the unseasonally cool weather that had been in SE QLD for that summer & the previous two, the pitch was slow & lacked some of its usual bounce. "...SA played on a highway..." - yet one injury aside, SA was in grave danger of losing the match if a day hadn't been lost to rain. That "highway" would of been a result pitch!

  • on October 31, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    I remember Pak fans were ridiculing Misbah so badly. But now there are too few of them

    Bailey is a matured player and I have a very strong feeling he will justify his postion in the team. It's not like Australia is spewing with batting talent.he is captain material.clarke has crumbling back and watto doesn't seem to be matured for captaincy. So why not Bailey.

  • Shaggy076 on October 30, 2013, 22:24 GMT

    I'm in two minds about this decision, firstly I have always been of the opinion that test cricketers must be selected via Sheffield shield form and on this scale Bailey fails. However, his one-day form not just in India, England as well has been very impressive and appears to be a level headed bloke that can bring his A game to test cricket. If we look back on the shield season last year as we don't have any sample size this year it really was only Hughes that has done enough to get picked. For mine it should be Hughes playing as only two tests ok he batted superbly at number 6 before finding himself at #3 for one test and dropped. Bailey seems a risky move however, one that may work out.

  • Alexk400 on October 30, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    I really think he is a flat track specialist. Good player of spin and destroying India in india. Will he bat against tall english bowler. I doubt he has the skills. But if he has bit of luck he can cement his place because he seems more mature than other younger players.

  • 07sanjeewakaru on October 30, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    Performance on those bowlers graveyards in India and against the current rubbish bowling attack of India in this ongoing ODI series shouldn't be the criteria of selecting a player for a Ashes series in Australia.Specially,with that unbelievably below par record in the recent Sheffield Shield selectors may be quite brave to pick him for this Aus summer Ashes...By the way he seems like a wonderful man with temperament.

  • it_happened_last_in_2001. on October 30, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    Bailey has batted beautifully in yellow clothes for a long time. He looks so assured strolling to the wicket, taking his guard and looking around himself to see 4 on the boundary, 5 saving one in the circle. Eoin Morgan has always looked the same. White clothes, 3 slips, gully, short leg ..... not so self assured. The stats for both of them spell trouble in the test arena. He has a great temperament but his technique will be severely tested. I'm looking forward to taking my seat at the Gabba.

  • Beertjie on October 30, 2013, 10:14 GMT

    @Ozcricketwriter on (October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT) - your judgments are much too quick. Why should Bailey's failing in the 1st test lose him his spot? One can't drop someone you think is a genuine candidate that quickly. Likewise giving someone like Usman Khawaja the boot before he can try to cement his place is simply not on. Look at the chances Hughes has got and he's still not cemented his place. But he too should get another shot - not sure when or at whose expense. Agree @HatsforBats on (October 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT), but unless I truly believe that there'll be 7 batsmen in the squad and he'll be one of them. If he gets a go, I hope he takes it, but don't keep flogging a dead horse for the sake of his possible captaincy role. There's an Ashes to be won! Agree @Chris_P on (October 29, 2013, 13:23 GMT) about Shield v Ryobi/ODI also with@ ian2208 on (October 29, 2013, 13:41 GMT).

  • on October 30, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    I agree with popcorn - Hughes has been an abject failure at Test level - 40 failures in 49 innings. Get rid of him for good and give some of our young cricketers with talent a bit of a go.

  • DSPT on October 30, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    Inverarity said the coming rounds would not overly distract the selectors from a Test squad they appear largely settled on. Well if this is the case why do players even bother turning up for Shield matches anymore. Yes, Bailey should most certainly come into the equation, but by practically ruling out other options already as rafe01 mention, is ignorant indeed. I cannot see Australian cricket improving unless more weight is giving to shield cricket, and there is some consistency selection policy. Whoever is chosen for the number 6 spot I hope it is done so on the basis of runs on Australian soil in FC cricket. Furthermore I do not want to hear about developing players for the future etc, pick the play who is making runs, not the player who might be capable of making runs.

  • Mary_786 on October 30, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    We all want the best player at 6, if Khawaja gets runs in the early shield games then he deserves it otherwise give it to Bailey, key thing is that we get the right batting lineup to beat the POMs which we Aussie fans can't wait to do.

  • on October 30, 2013, 8:07 GMT

    Much as I admire George Bailey's temperament and character, I can't see how his test selection is justified. He's had a lot of years to show us how good his technique is in first-class cricket - an average short of 40 is reasonable, but not good enough for the next level. And one-day form is not test form. Xavier Doherty, anyone? What I'm missing in all of this is why we wouldn't just pick the same top seven we did last time. In James Faulkner, we have someone whose batting average is within 9 runs of Bailey's in first-class cricket, and is in addition a bona fide bowler. In the Tasmanian teams that Bailey led so successfully, it's Faulkner who kept winning the player of the year trophies. Keep him in, I say!

  • 64blip on October 30, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    "Fabulous news", "no brainer", "great statement", "should have come a long time back", "perfect option". A 31 year old with a FC average of 38 who averaged 18 last Australian season? No wonder CA think they can lose the Ashes 5-0 and keep their jobs.

  • Mitty2 on October 30, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    @greatest_game, huh? Brettig's saying that the test pitches are flat and the domestic ones are green monsters. "Most equable surface of the season" - pretty obvious that he's talking about the Test season. The Gabba's been a road for the last decade in tests, if not more. But they are the greenest tracks domestically, by far. Bellerive used to be, but certainly last year Bellerive was lower and slower but the Gabba pitch was coated in grass and the ball zips everywhere. By southern visitors (if you haven't gotten it already), he's talking about the other state teams.

    @Barnesy4444, I've always been with you on the Hughes wagon, and that still stands (Hughes instead of Warner - put Hughes where he's best, opening) but Bailey at 6 is perfect considering the lack of other options. Usman can't start against spin and Eng will just put Swann on straight away when he comes in. And no one else is ready. If you're going to fault Bailey's technique it's that he's too bottom hand if anything

  • Mitty2 on October 30, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    I'm always been very opposed to selecting on ODI performances and grooming test players from 20/20s, but seriously, Bailey is the perfect option. Much maligned initially, but came out to now be respected as a uniting and tactically astute captain, and not to mention having the best ODI record so far from any other Australian barring Bevan (who Bailey bests in strike rate by 20 runs per 100.) His List A record is worse than his FC and is pretty dismal. But that doesn't change the fact that he now averages 53 in ODIs, against better players, under more scrutiny and played in a variety of conditions. What does such a discrepancy tell you? He has the talent for international cricket and rises to the occasion. But above all it shows that he has the right mentality. I'll be seriously surprised if he fails, as he's shown that he's more than capable for international cricket, but regardless if he fails we lose nothing. We can slot in Hughes/Khawaja straight in. But if he succeeds...

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 30, 2013, 6:06 GMT

    I have been saying for a while that Bailey should be in the test side. I really don't see what more he could have done. The chances are that he will do really well in the test side. If he doesn't, of course, he will be dropped after 1 test.

  • rafe01 on October 30, 2013, 5:11 GMT

    Does anyone know of any Australian player who has become a great or even decent test player with a first class batting average of 38? For Inver to say he's mind's made up on such patchy evidence seems to be ignorant of reality. Maybe we really have no better options. It all seems a bit weak.

  • CoverDrive88 on October 30, 2013, 4:55 GMT

    It may well be that Bailey deserves a chance in the current circumstances, but there's not a lot of data to support an argument that he deserves to be a Test player. Firstly, he's 31 and that's just a bit late to be brought in. And then his first class average is 38, predominantly in a Shield competition where the standard isn't great (albeit on some greenish batting strips). His only real claim to fame is ODI performances and while they have been good, they're not much of an indicator for Tests - flat track, short boundaries, no end of restrictions on bowlers. Plus the Indian bowling isn't particularly strong unless they get on doctored Test wickets.

    I never cease to wonder what CA is thinking when they prepare for important Test series. An Indian ODI series is just a distraction, and is only an indicator to possible Test form because there is nothing else to go on. Ditto the domestic ODI series in Oz. Inverarity must struggle to keep a straight face in these interviews.

  • Greatest_Game on October 30, 2013, 4:26 GMT

    n interesting story. Watching Bailey's recent international performances seems to make it a no-brainer to put him in the test team, considering the pathetic performances by some of the batsmen who only seem to fare well at the domestic level.

    On another note: within the story is one of the funniest sentences I have read in years. Brettig writes that "Brisbane's Test strip is habitually the ground's best and most equable surface of the season, in contrast to the grassy Shield decks commonly unveiled for southern visitors." Huh??? Grassy decks for southern visitors?? Last year SA played on a highway and then on an airport runway before they saw their first blade of grass in Perth.

  • on October 30, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    This should have come long back. If you look at Bailey, i feel he is more of a test material than T20 and ODI. Never mind the runs in Indian roads, but he has the right technique to survive and score in tests. I would have him as Captain directly ahead of Clarke, who seems to be a divisive force within the team.

  • OneEyedAussie on October 30, 2013, 4:07 GMT

    I am expecting to see the following in Brisbane: 1) Warner 2) Rogers 3) Watson 4) Clarke 5) Smith 6) Bailey 7) Haddin 8) Johnson 9) Siddle 10) Harris 11) Lyon.

  • on October 30, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    australia would be the team to look forward to win the ashes.... they are batting great... 300 plus scores in all matches.. is a great statement... look forward to see australia regain the ashes

  • jmcilhinney on October 30, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    A lot of people will, and are, saying that picking George Bailey based on ODI performances is a bad idea. Those people will say that the selectors should use Sheffield Shield form to determine who gets selected for the Ashes. I can certainly see the logic in that point of view but let's not forget that Shield form has been used to select a number of players recently who have basically flopped in the Test arena. That's not to say that some or all of those players won't come good at some point but their Shield form hasn't helped them so far. Many people were critical of Bailey as a limited-overs player not that long ago too and he may well be the most in-form batsman in the world right now. He's shown that he has a head for international cricket and that may be enough to make him a success in the Test team too. There's certainly no guarantee but I can see why the selectors like him and think that he may be worth a gamble.

  • Barnesy4444 on October 30, 2013, 3:44 GMT

    Since when has ODI runs been a predictor of test match runs? Especially domestic OD form? If form was a predictor for selection then why was Hughes dropped from the test team, again? If you select a team for the long format then form in that game takes precedence.

    Bailey rarely plays through the off side, 90% of his ODI runs come off his legs, he can't do this in the long format. Apart from the 190 Warner made on a road in SA he has done very little in 12 months. Where's the form?

    Number 6 should be a shoot out between these two men, Hughes should open with Rogers.

  • Wefinishthis on October 30, 2013, 3:38 GMT

    See now this is what I'm talking about. This is exactly why Australia cannot win tests consistently any more. ODI and Shield performances are VERY different and we keep selecting players based on limited overs, white-ball bash performances rather than actual cricket performances. Some players can be successful at both forms, some cannot. Bailey has not performed in shield cricket - he would have had to improve dramatically to be able to perform well enough in tests. They did this with picking Doherty and Starc instead of O'Keefe and Bird for the India series and we all know how that turned out. India's selectors do the same thing with leaving P.Kumar out of the test side in place of I.Sharma. Test cricket has basically just become a game of whichever country has the least braindead selectors (ie Australia, India) and which have good ones (ie South Africa, England).

  • Meety on October 30, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    I really like what Bailey has done since being an ODI player - however, IMO - big mistake to play him. He has to prove himself as a long format player. Should he be selected for the 1st Test - it would be the worst selection for the Baggy Green in 30yrs. The worst thing about all of this is - there should be NO WAY the team is set, as they haven't played FC cricket since England. We only have 2 Shield rounds to judge who has form & some of the key players will only play one. I like the new Ryobi concept - but it is at the wrong time of the year. Based on some semblance of "form" - the Oz line up for the Gabba should be 1. Rogers, 2. Watson, 3. Warner, 4. Khawaja, 5. Clarke, 6. Smith, 7. Haddin, 8. Faulkner, 9. Siddle, 10. Johnson, 11. Harris. Spin in List A games is too hard to judge for test purposes, I would prefer to have a spinner - but dunno how any of them are going - although Boyce has just picked up a scalp.

  • on October 30, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    @landl47 Haddin at 6 seems a ridiculous idea to me considering how poor his form with the bat is atm (and has been even prior to losing his place in the side) I know when he's at his best he could bat at that spot but he hasn't been at his best for years now.

    I'm a little concerned by the selector's continued habit of basically picking a team a month or so out and sticking to it - it ignores one of the chief Argus recommendations that 'selection for the test side be based almost entirely on Shield performance'. They previously showed their contempt for this when they picked Doherty and we see it again here.

    That said, I am backing Bailey to perform. His ODI record is so remarkably improved from his List A record I imagine his first class record (which for all the trashing is actually similar to other players who've gotten test berths lately) will make the same ascent.

    Shame Cameron White doesn't get a look in at all. Guess it really IS over for The Bear.

  • tygeeg on October 30, 2013, 0:39 GMT

    1st test Gabba team prediction: 1.Rogers 2.Warner 3.Watson 4.Clarke 5.Smith 6.Bailey 7.Haddin 8.Johnson 9.Siddle 10.Harris 11.Ahmed

    12.Lyon

  • TheBigBoodha on October 30, 2013, 0:10 GMT

    @somethingdifferent "Apart from Clark Australian batting has looked spineless most of the times". Did you not bother to watch the last series? Australia posted several 400+ scores. England didn't post one. If not for Ian Bell and rain, England would have lost the series.

  • TheBigBoodha on October 30, 2013, 0:08 GMT

    Neither Siddle nor Faulker are low 130s bowlers, landl47. Both hit 140 regularly. Siddle was hitting 150 two seasons ago, before he became a vegetarian. Faulkner varies his pace a lot. That's just the way he bowls.

  • PFEL on October 30, 2013, 0:07 GMT

    @AnyoneButVettel, Siddle has been a constant performer for years and his stats are almost identical to Jimmy Anderson's, who the English rate as one of their greats. Take from that what you will.

  • TheBigBoodha on October 30, 2013, 0:04 GMT

    Inverarity and co have made soooooo many brainless selection decisions I have lost count. Playing Ashton Agar over Lyon in the first two Ashes tests defied all human rationality. Changing the entire fast-bowling lineup after dominating the first two tests vs SA. Choosing Xavier Doherty in India (first class bowling average of 43 or so). These selections were just so mindbogglingly dumb that it simply defies belief.

    Now, as for George Bailey? What if he gets two low scores in the shield game? Are you going to pick him with zero first class form and a poor first-class record? Are you going to pick him based on smashing Ishant Sharma around on flat tracks in ODIs in India?

    Stick to the basics! Pick guys who perform at state level. Stick with them and nurture them! It ain't rocket science!

  • smudgeon on October 29, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    As a rule, I'm not a huge fan of the idea of picking test players based on performance in other formats, but there are exceptions. You can judge some things regardless of the format: confidence, ability, timing, form, and ability to read the game are just a few things I think Bailey is really displaying right now. Whether he can translate this to the test arena, if he's selected, remains to be seen of course. But with a guy looking as in control of his game and showing guts and strong leadership as Bailey, I have no problem at all thinking of him as a potential starter in Brisbane. Of course, there's still time for other players to prove themselves ready before Brisbane. However, I'd be very happy to see Bailey in the middle-order at the Gabba.

  • KUL on October 29, 2013, 23:43 GMT

    Very well Done Aus.I think someone like Bailey needed in this Aus test side he has Aus character.I find many similarities with Steve Waugh.Remember Steve Waugh was not having great skills when it comes to batting similar to Mr Dhoni but both Steve and Dhoni proved that they became successful because they deliver when team needs it.I think it's better choice than current Aus test players like Phil Hughes,Khwaja(ridiculous-he can't be Ausy player like Justin Langer or Mr Haden).Aus badly needs openers like Justin Langer N Mr Haden both has Aus attitude to be aggressive right from start whihc provided good foundation for players like Pointing.

  • Chris_P on October 29, 2013, 23:32 GMT

    @ wellrounded87. Couldn't agree more. Apart from a few sub continental tracks, I can't recall any one day style pitches being served up as test alternatives. I like Bailey, I like him a lot, I have seen him produce many brilliant one day knocks both at the SCG & the Olympic Stadium against us (NSW), but he doesn't seem to take first class attacks apart or even partially dominate them. First class form AND performance must be the main criteria for selection. If you have two equal performing players, then perhaps one day form should be looked at. In our current one day squad in India, really, you could make a statement that none of them should be in the first test, Haddin is there for experience, & we all know how well Watson has performed at FC the past 3 seasons (less than 30 with the bat, more than 40 with the ball).

  • dunger.bob on October 29, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    Clarke, Bailey, Smith at 4, 5 & 6. It seems solid enough but we won't know for sure until the whips are cracking. I'm not willing to predict how George will go mainly because people were saying exactly the same things about him when he was picked for the ODI side. I seem to recall phrases like "Australia's first ever non-playing captain". .. That hasn't quite turned out the way the armchair experts so confidently proclaimed has it.

    George is a thinking cricketer and I would say that if ANYONE in the Aus setup has the determination and maturity to turn himself into a decent Test cricketer, it's Bailey. .. still, strength and grit can only get you so far when you're up against some of the best in the world.

    I'm happy to kick back and give him a go without prejudging him. He may just surprise us all again.

  • on October 29, 2013, 23:02 GMT

    If Clarke's back doesn't hold up they will need Bailey in the team as a captain. He is the obvious successor to Clarke. He needs to be in the team and contributing before that scenario plays out. Kawaja is understudy to Rogers, Hughes to Warner; and Paine now appears to be ahead of Wade; the rest is fairly well settled.

  • RandyOZ on October 29, 2013, 22:25 GMT

    @landl47 - get your facts straight mate siddle hits the 140's in Australia. The amount of baseless facts stated on this site is embarrassing.

  • on October 29, 2013, 22:03 GMT

    Invers is on the mark I reckon, for mine he is now getting most things right and with Marsh, Lehmann and Bichel (I think!) the selection panel looks quite good to me now!

    @xtrafalgarx, my thoughts too. Hussey was the same if not a very similar age on debut. Added to that this seems to me like a step back in time to handing caps out to finished and rounded cricketers who know their game inside out, the right way to go I think.

    @Landl47, I think you are off the mark, you can't pick a team on the strength of everything going wrong! So long as Harris and Watson don't both go down then I think a 5 man attack of Harris, Johnson, Siddle, Lyon and Watson will get through a lot of overs and take 20 wickets as well as most bowling attacks. Playing Faulkner as well just in case two of the other guys pull up lame is sacrificing batting strength for something that may occur once in every twenty tests. I've not seen Watto bowl much lately but the other four look fit and I good rhythm to me.

  • alstar2281 on October 29, 2013, 22:01 GMT

    I like the idea of selecting Bailey. I feel he could be a guy who performs better the higher the stakes. He brings alot to the table with his cool calm head as well. Kwajah lloks good this year however I feel England have worked him out better then he has worked himself out & selecting him could do more harm then good at this stage. He looks completely uneasy against the English bowlers and as shown on Sunday, despite his 100, he still struggles against Off Spin. Cosgrove's card has been marked ,as he doesn't toe the fitness line & issues at the academy, he wont play again. Shame as he is constantly a leading run score here and in England. Warner - is boom or bust & there is a certain unease about him opening the batting. Rogers Klinger / Hughes Watson Clarke Smith Bailey Haddin (Paine) Harris Siddle Lyon TBA (Can't decide on 3rd quick, don't want Johnson in there)

  • on October 29, 2013, 21:46 GMT

    It does seem a bit crazy that Inverarity has come out and virtually guaranteed Bailey a spot on ODI form. Why then not include Khawaja who was the second top run scorer (behind Warner) in the Ryobi Cup, on Australian Pitches!! I'm a fan of Bailey but I am also a fan of equity in selection. Give Khawaja and Hughes a chance to make some runs in the shield and then pick either one of them in the team for the Gabba. It is a pretty wild thought that Bailey, who averaged 18 in shield last season is somehow going to score runs against one of the best attacks in world cricket. Would love to see him prove me wrong.

  • on October 29, 2013, 21:10 GMT

    Charlie101 - couldn't agree more, don't mind Bailey but averaged 18 last summer, 37 in county, career average of 38. One day form shouldn't get you picked, we've been through this before.

    What's all this nonsense talk that they've already decided well in advance? Is that a joke? In advance of seeing players form? What's the point of even having the Sheffield Shield then?

  • wellrounded87 on October 29, 2013, 21:03 GMT

    @ landl47 Siddle bowls low to mid 140's what are you talking about? Pattinson has as much pace as Johnson and isn't nearly as wayward or mentally fragile and Harris is not far behind them for pace.

    This is a ill thought selection to say the least. ODI form does not equal test form. Michael Bevan was the perfect example of this except even Bevan scored runs at domestic level. And Shane Watson has often kept his test spot based on ODI performances only to be a constant let down.

    Sheild matches and Aus A matches should be our only selection criteria. The differences between batting on an Indian belter against a sub par attack in a ODI match and batting on a good gabba test wicket against probably the second best attack in the world with a red ball over 5 days are so vast it's like picking a guy for a marathon based on his form in the sprints.

    Bailey should not be in the test side. Guys like Doolan, Cosgrove, Klinger, Maddinson, Khawaja, Hughes and Ferguson all make much better options

  • cheesemethod on October 29, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Khawaja has had some terrible luck and has hesitated a bit under pressure. Hes a class bat and deserves a place. Baileys ability at test level will be questionable of course but picking him is a good gamble. Keep in mind that if he is batting down the order then ODI technique is relivant. This is why NZ has struggled for so many years, we've always had a good string of 5 and 6 players but very limited quality stable top order players

  • somethingdifferent on October 29, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    We seem to be missing the point about Bailey's runs. It is not important that how many runs he scored and in which format. It is the manner at which he scored those runs. Apart from Clark Australian batting has looked spineless most of the times, Bailey's batting would bring in the composure and stability presently missing from the Australian middle order.

  • on October 29, 2013, 20:38 GMT

    this is crazy from Iverarity. So now Bailey knows he's pretty much in, he may as well skip the Shield game to protect himself from failure and assure himself of a spot in the 1st test!!!

    And as for the guys picked in Aus A (Doolan, Khawaja, Marsh, Henriques, Maxwell, Klinger, Paine etc) - I wonder what they are thinking now that apparently runs in ODIs count for just as much as First Class runs?

    AND dont even start on Warner!!!! 3 tons in 4 innings all played on an oval with kids-sized boundaries does nothing for my confidence with regards to tests. I hope he proves me wrong but i actually dont think you can just play someone into form like that (take note CA. oh and PS, NSW lost!!). He will probably struggle, again, in the tests.

  • on October 29, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Anyone of Hughes, Bailey or Khawaja will do a good job i reckon. I just hope the selectors tell whoever it is that they are guarenteed 5 tests this summer and their spot isnt under consideration until after the summer. That way take pressure off them and let them play naturally. No-ones gunna score runs every innings.

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 29, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    Thanks for your responses Gentlemen. Hard worker and team man for sure, incisive/threatening bowler - well, the jury is out on that one. Hope Sidds & Hughes can prove us doubters wrong and go on to achieve greatness. I named Pattinson only as an example. Believe me I don't mind watching wonderful players - Bailey is one such (in ODIs so far anyway).

  • landl47 on October 29, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    The problem is that if Bailey is in, then either Johnson or Faulkner is out. If Johnson is out then the attack lacks pace, because both Siddle and Faulkner are low 130s kph bowlers. If Faulkner is out, then Australia is relying on Harris and Watson, both with a history of injuries, and Johnson, who can be great but can also be horrendous- check his numbers at Brisbane in the first test of the last Ashes tour. Siddle's a steady bowler and Lyon offers variety and control (I thought he bowled very well in England, best I've seen from him) but neither looks likely to take a hatful of wickets on the Brisbane pitch.

    Bailey is a worthy candidate and might prove to be one of those rare players who play better in international cricket than in the domestic game. However, a more balanced side would be Rogers, Warner, Watson, Clarke, Smith, Haddin, Faulkner, Johnson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon. If Bailey has made a case for inclusion, then Faulkner has as well and he offers more.

  • First_Drop on October 29, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Worried - very worried. Bailey is doing well in India playing ODI's on belters. Great news. Does that mean he will perform against a top notch English attack in Test cricket? His average home form is an indication. I think we're better off sticking with Hughes or Khawaja.

  • on October 29, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    ben hilfanaus should be given a chance and lehman should look after watson.

  • jb633 on October 29, 2013, 17:28 GMT

    @Front_Foot, can't say I agree with you re strike rates. If you look at it the world over there are not many cases where guys have gone from ODI cricket and are an immediate success in red ball, particularly if their first class record is average. There is generally a reason why the first class stats are average, they require very different skills.

  • Optic on October 29, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    @Englishfan You're wrong about the Bairstow Taylor scenario. The year both got picked in 2012 Taylor was having a poor year for Notts averaging only 36, Bairstow averaged 51. So Bairstpw was picked on form, he'd also averaged 49 the year before. Rankin's also a better bowler than Jordan.

    Someone below suggest Odi runs are just as valuable as FC runs, I beg to differ the 2 games are totally different, requiring different skills. It's thinking like that which gets guys like Morgan picked for England. Very good one day player but his game isn't equipped for test cricket. I see plenty of similarities between him and Bailey. In that their technique imo won't stack up well in test cricket imo. Bailey is very bottom handed & also plays with his bat a long way from his body and his defense looks shaky. The first two of which have been part of the reason why he's been successful in one day cricket, but when defense, shot selection & batting time are keys, one day cricket is of no great use

  • CodandChips on October 29, 2013, 16:11 GMT

    I do agree that ignoring domestic form undermines the competitions but Bailey is class. Only when you frequently ignore domestic performance is it a problem. England have done this: Carberry over Compton, Taylor over Bairstow, Stokes over Woakes,Rankin and Tremlett over Onions and Jordan are all examples of this.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 29, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Why would shield runs be anymore valuable than the ones Bailey has made in away series in international matches? That's totally irrational. It's still a cricket ball and you still hit it with the bat. I'm more concerned about test players playing ODI and T20 than the other way around because of the strike rates required. Phil Hughes has been making no runs again, should we pick him if he scores a 50 at home in the shield?

  • on October 29, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    any one who perform internationally is good player. and bailey deserve it

  • CodandChips on October 29, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    Australia- Rogers Warner Watson Clarke Bailey Smith Haddin Johnson Siddle Harris Lyon England- Cook Root Trott Pietersen Bell Balance Prior Broad Swann Anderson Finn Should be a good series Both teams should be concerned re age.

  • Charlie101 on October 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    Whilst I believe that Bailey is a quality cricketer it is typical of the Aussie selectors to state that test selection will be based on Shield results and then do the oppositie and basically tell the world that Bailey is in the squad based on his ODI performances. Devalues the Shield competition !!!

  • xtrafalgarx on October 29, 2013, 14:41 GMT

    @Hatsforbats/@Millhouse : Don't underestimate how long these modern cricketers can now play...Hussey and Punter retired at 37/38, Kallis is 38 and reckons he is there till the world cup, Tendulkar is retiring at 40 off. Going by that, if Bailey can have a good 6 or 7 years, i mean, we play at the very least 10 test macthes, so Bailes could finish up with well over 50/60 test matches. That's a long time, if he hits the ground running he can lead us out of the transition period.

  • KeithMillersHair on October 29, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    This is good. I hope Bailey is 'locked' in yet, because there are still Shield games to play, but the selectors indicating that the vacant spot is his to lose is the right thing to do. He's in amazing form, has been a good captain for Australia and Tasmania. Signs point to him doing it at test level too. And at this stage, no one in the Australian set up has red ball form, because everyone has been playing short form. If Khawaja, Hughes, or one or two others, score back to back tons in the first rounds of the Shield and Bailey fails then nature should take its course - but if the team was picked today Bailey would be in. And it looks like Johnson is in the same position with the 3rd pace spot. Let's hope they all do well in the next three weeks and leave the selectors with a dilemma on their hands.

  • xtrafalgarx on October 29, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    @AnyoneButVettel: First of all Siddle has been Australia's highest wicket taker and the leader of the attack for nigh on two years now, he is a stalwart of the team and is the epitome of grit and heart. Harris is as good as we have when he is injury free, so he is a certainty. Thirdly,um......PATTINSON IS INJURED!!!!!!!!!

  • PrasPunter on October 29, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    AnyoneButVettel , few things - pattinson won't be available atleast till test #3, as per his own confession. Siddle has been a workhorse for Aus for a few years now and more likely to pull up unscathed without injuries. We wouldnt want a repeat of Adelaide 2012 where we were short of a bowler - Lyon was hardly threatening and so it boiled down to just 2 to pick those 10 wickets in innings 2. And he has been doing well since being picked again, though towards tests 4 and 5 he was found to be a bit flat. Nevertheless a good team man and hard-working bloke, Sidds.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 29, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Anyonebutvettel, I know what you mean about Siddle. I like the guy but I've never been sure he is in our top 4. Definitely offers control though which will be important if we play Johnson though he is in form too. Pick the best team on performance, forget stats, age, hair color. None of that matters, pick the best team to send England home with nothing.

  • on October 29, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    i think the no. 6 position is very well deserved by steven smith.. he had fantastic domestic ryobi cup.. he even scored a very solid century in the last test Australia played.. i think its a no brainer to have smith for no 6 batsman. he's a handy leggie as well..

  • BradmanBestEver on October 29, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Bailey has not got the form for test cricket and neither has Marsh. Remember the Argus review message? Make runs at shield level and then you get selected for the test team. That message seems to have been ignored so the Argus review was money well spent - NOT

  • on October 29, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    I can see Bailey as the future Australian test captain.......He should be in the test team as soon as possible....................

  • on October 29, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    Baily has liquidity nature... he is good option for ashes because he has proved his skill in India tour which is not hammered by Watson... i know test cricket is totally different format but bailey has quality to led himself for test cricket.....

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 29, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Don't blast me for hijacking an article about Bailey (I'm all for him) but I couldn't find an appropriate alternative. Siddle seems to be on everyone's list. As a neutral-slightly-favouring-the-underdog supporter, can I ask some Oz fans to give their views on him? Harris and Siddle are similar bowlers. Wouldn't it be better to pick either of them but not both and someone like Pattinson for the other? Thoughts ...

  • Gordo85 on October 29, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    A batting average of 38 is no mean of a poor record. I think sometime ago players who averaged 35 were getting a Test spot. And you look at Shaun Marsh he only averages at 35 which to me is not good enough but Bailey should be in front of him. Also you basically have him as a back up captain as well. I would love to see Finch get a spot but I know why he won't because his first class average is only 29 which is not good enough and I am not sure if he could be a number six. If Finch can gets his stats up in First Class level then one day he will play Tests for Australia, maybe in the place of Warner. Far out I noticed an add on TV recently and the Test squad hasn't been announced yet it looks like Brad Haddin is already selected yet not making enough runs. @Hammond I agree with you I haven't gone for Australia since 1999 because it is all too upsetting with players who deserve a go at Test level never get a go at all. If they would change I would consider going back to them.

  • ian2208 on October 29, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Test cricket is very different to ODIs. Bailey may well find that out when Broad is hitting him around the head. He won't be playing those slogs over midwicket too often either.

  • 1ofakind_testcricket on October 29, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    I feel George Bailey is the right choice and although it is totally irrelevant doesn't he look somewhat like a classic Australian cricketer of the past in the above photo?

  • AKS286 on October 29, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    Spot on agree with Front-Foot & Hammond. axe Clarke from Captaincy. Klinger, Finch, Marsh, Clarke, Smith, Bailey (C), Watto, MJ, Siddle, Harris, Beer

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 29, 2013, 13:28 GMT

    Who cares how old he is and who cares about stats, many test players have worse first class records. He's making runs, he's in form.

  • Chris_P on October 29, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    @Ozcricketwrite. What you stated is correct. That is what happened in the past, however present day does not happen that way. Players are NOT scoring in first class cricket (unlike in the past) & if they can't manage to score at shield level, why do we expect them to suddenly score a stack of runs at test level? Just because Bailey has scored runs on roads in India (& dropped before he scored in his last match) why should he leap frog over proven performers at first class level? One day matches in the past provided even contests, but now it's batting heaven where a lack of technique can be easily hidden. The Shield matches shouldl provide the form needed for tests, not one day festival games.

  • Hammond on October 29, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Just replace Bailey as captain and let Clarke bat wherever and I will follow my own country again.

  • Jaffa79 on October 29, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Bailey is 31 years of age! How is he a 'young hopeful?'. Having said that, I do think he has a better temperament that Watson, Hughes, Cowan, Khawaja or Warner.

  • HatsforBats on October 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    A mediocre first class record, loose technique, and 31. Stopgap selection. My word, I think he is a captain down to his marrow, but a test batsman?

  • Hmk12 on October 29, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    my team for ashes/warner,cowan,watson,clarke,marsh,smith,paine,jhonson,pattinson,siddle,harris,lyon,ferguson,

  • smokem on October 29, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Very well said Ozcricketwriter - agree 100%. I, too, would like to see us revert to that development process.

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 29, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Bailey has to play. Those who criticise the selection of players on ODI form don't know cricket. Bailey is making runs and captains Australia. End of story.

  • CricketMaan on October 29, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    So is the message to the Sheild teams that no matter how well you play or played, we know the 12 that will play in Gabba. So better luck next time? My guess - Warner, Rogers, Watto, Clarke, Smith, Usman, Haddin, Mitch, Starc, Siddle, Harris, Lyon/Bird

  • on October 29, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    nice XI Tarun, I think most would have that XI, except im sure Haddin is in the team, despite his lack of runs lately. I thought Nevill for keeper looked pretty good, and had that good temperament.

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    It is good to see that the selectors are noting that international experience is important. Since ODIs became popular in the mid 1980s, we have blooded young hopefuls in ODIs first before giving them a shot at the tests. If they fail in ODIs, they don't get a test. This system worked wonderfully well until we decided to split the ODI and test team and now all of a sudden we think that players can go straight from first class to tests. While there are some long form specialists, the ones who bat slowly but steadily etc, for most it is better to see how they cope under international conditions. Certainly in Bailey's case there is little more he could have done and it is hard to imagine him failing in the 1st test. Of course, if he does, he will lose his spot. But I would much rather put him in the test team than someone like Usman Khawaja who has a slightly better (but not by much) first class career but keeps failing in tests.

  • on October 29, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    good moce CA.my11 for 1st test warner rogers watson Clarke smith bailey paine johnson siddle harris lyon

  • on October 29, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    good moce CA.my11 for 1st test warner rogers watson Clarke smith bailey paine johnson siddle harris lyon

  • Ozcricketwriter on October 29, 2013, 12:35 GMT

    It is good to see that the selectors are noting that international experience is important. Since ODIs became popular in the mid 1980s, we have blooded young hopefuls in ODIs first before giving them a shot at the tests. If they fail in ODIs, they don't get a test. This system worked wonderfully well until we decided to split the ODI and test team and now all of a sudden we think that players can go straight from first class to tests. While there are some long form specialists, the ones who bat slowly but steadily etc, for most it is better to see how they cope under international conditions. Certainly in Bailey's case there is little more he could have done and it is hard to imagine him failing in the 1st test. Of course, if he does, he will lose his spot. But I would much rather put him in the test team than someone like Usman Khawaja who has a slightly better (but not by much) first class career but keeps failing in tests.

  • on October 29, 2013, 12:38 GMT

    nice XI Tarun, I think most would have that XI, except im sure Haddin is in the team, despite his lack of runs lately. I thought Nevill for keeper looked pretty good, and had that good temperament.

  • CricketMaan on October 29, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    So is the message to the Sheild teams that no matter how well you play or played, we know the 12 that will play in Gabba. So better luck next time? My guess - Warner, Rogers, Watto, Clarke, Smith, Usman, Haddin, Mitch, Starc, Siddle, Harris, Lyon/Bird

  • Front-Foot-Sponge on October 29, 2013, 12:57 GMT

    Bailey has to play. Those who criticise the selection of players on ODI form don't know cricket. Bailey is making runs and captains Australia. End of story.

  • smokem on October 29, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    Very well said Ozcricketwriter - agree 100%. I, too, would like to see us revert to that development process.

  • Hmk12 on October 29, 2013, 13:04 GMT

    my team for ashes/warner,cowan,watson,clarke,marsh,smith,paine,jhonson,pattinson,siddle,harris,lyon,ferguson,

  • HatsforBats on October 29, 2013, 13:10 GMT

    A mediocre first class record, loose technique, and 31. Stopgap selection. My word, I think he is a captain down to his marrow, but a test batsman?

  • Jaffa79 on October 29, 2013, 13:15 GMT

    Bailey is 31 years of age! How is he a 'young hopeful?'. Having said that, I do think he has a better temperament that Watson, Hughes, Cowan, Khawaja or Warner.

  • Hammond on October 29, 2013, 13:19 GMT

    Just replace Bailey as captain and let Clarke bat wherever and I will follow my own country again.