October 25, 2013

Australia's latest ODI batting star

George Bailey has played only 31 ODI innings, but during this period he has racked up astonishing numbers
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George Bailey's record in domestic one-day matches is solid, but far from outstanding: in 128 innings he averages 33.37 at a strike rate of 83.69, with 27 scores of 50 or more, which means he notches up one such score every 4.74 innings. Since the beginning of the 2005-06 season, he has averaged 36.41 in 86 one-day matches - domestic and international - in Australia, and 36.27 in 75 innings for Tasmania in this format.

These are good numbers, but hardly the kind to make your eyes pop out, for other Australians have done much better at home during this period: Michael Klinger averages 48.26 from 80 innings, Brad Hodge 54.62 at a strike rate of 90.29, Adam Voges 46.83 in 75 innings, Shaun Marsh 42.14 in 74, and David Hussey 41.57 at a strike rate of 93 in 107 innings.

In the 19 months that he has played one-day internationals, though, Bailey has lifted his game several levels. In 31 ODI innings, he averages 53.03, and improvement of almost 60% over his average in domestic one-day matches.

The sort of consistency he has shown recently, especially, is staggering: in his last seven innings he has scores of 82, 87, 4, 85, 92*, 43, and 98 - 491 runs at an average of 81.83, and a strike rate of 107. In 18 innings in 2013, Bailey has averaged 62.53, scored his runs at almost a run a ball, and gone past 50 once every two innings. The average hasn't been inflated unduly by not-outs either, with only three of those in his 18 innings. Add the fact that Bailey's captained the team in ten matches this year, and you get an idea of just how influential he has been to Australia's ODI team in these last 19 months.

George Bailey in one-day matches
  Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
In one-day internationals 31 1379 53.03 89.48 1/ 11
In non-international one-day matches 139 3838 33.37 83.69 5/ 22

It obviously remains to be seen how well Bailey can maintain these sort of numbers over a longer period, but regardless of that, it's clear that he has already stacked up very impressive stats over a fairly substantial period of time. No Australian batsman has scored as many as he has after 31 ODI innings - Greg Chappell got the closest, scoring 1298 runs at 56.43. Chappell is also one of three Australians to average higher than Bailey after 31 innings.

Michael Hussey averaged 77.06 at this stage of his career, but that was also because he was unbeaten in more than half those innings - he had 16 not-outs in 31 outings. Similarly, Michael Bevan's average was boosted to 63.93 because of 15 not-outs. Bailey, on the other hand, has been unbeaten only five times in his 31 innings.

Australia's ODI batsmen after 31 innings
Batsman Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
Michael Hussey 1156 77.06 97.38 0/ 9
Michael Bevan 1023 63.93 76.51 0/ 6
Greg Chappell 1298 56.43 74.94 2/ 7
George Bailey 1379 53.03 89.48 1/ 11
Michael Clarke 936 40.69 89.91 1/ 4
Dean Jones 801 36.40 84.22 0/ 4
Darren Lehmann 924 35.53 80.34 1/ 6
Matthew Hayden 968 33.37 68.89 1/ 8
David Boon 1027 33.12 66.38 1/ 5
Adam Gilchrist 864 32.00 83.23 2/ 4
Shane Watson 588 30.94 72.23 0/ 3
Ricky Ponting 866 30.92 70.17 2/ 5
Allan Border 819 28.24 60.04 1/ 4
Andrew Symonds 693 27.72 103.27 0/ 2
Damien Martyn 645 25.80 79.62 0/3
Mark Waugh 673 24.03 87.97 0/ 3

The year 2013 has been particularly profitable for Bailey - last year, he scored 441 runs in 13 innings, averaging 40.09 at a strike rate of 77.50; this year, his 938 runs have come at an average of 62.53, and a strike rate of 96.50. Multiplying the average by the runs scored per ball gives an index score of 60.34.

Only two Australian batsmen have achieved a higher score in a calendar year (with a cut-off of 900 runs): in 2007, Ricky Ponting was in spectacular form, scoring five centuries and eight fifties in 24 innings; in 2011, another World Cup year, Shane Watson made two huge unbeaten hundreds - 161 against England and 185 aganst Bangladesh - and finished with an average of almost 57 and a strike rate of 109 from 22 innings. In 2007 Matthew Hayden was outstanding too, averaging almost 60 at a strike rate of 89, which explains largely why Australia were so successful that year.

Best calendar years in ODIs for Australian batsmen (Qual: 900 runs)
Batsman Year Inngs Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s Ave*SR/100
Ricky Ponting 2007 24 1424 79.11 91.69 5/ 8 72.54
Shane Watson 2011 22 1139 56.95 108.89 2/ 8 62.01
George Bailey 2013 18 938 62.53 96.50 1/ 8 60.34
Michael Bevan 1998 22 959 68.50 81.68 1/ 8 55.95
Dean Jones 1990 22 1174 69.05 78.84 4/ 7 54.44
Matthew Hayden 2007 30 1601 59.29 89.19 5/ 6 52.88
Michael Bevan 1999 28 949 67.78 76.59 0/ 8 51.91
Michael Clarke 2011 22 900 56.25 79.64 1/ 6 44.80
Michael Hussey 2009 31 1166 48.58 90.80 0/ 11 44.11
Michael Clarke 2005 25 954 53.00 82.67 1/ 8 43.81
Shane Watson 2009 24 1013 50.65 84.48 3/ 3 42.79
Ricky Ponting 1998 24 1166 53.00 76.91 3/ 6 40.76

However, while Ponting and Hayden were both in stunning form in 2007, in these last 19 months Bailey is the only one who has consistently scored runs. The only other Australian batsman who's scored more than 400 runs at a 40-plus average is Adam Voges. There've been centuries from several other batsmen, but they haven't contributed as consistently as the team would've liked them to. The biggest disappointment has been David Warner, who has averaged less than 25 from 17 innings.

Leading run-scorers for Australia in ODIs since Bailey's debut
Batsman Innings Runs Average Strike rate 100s/ 50s
George Bailey 31 1379 53.03 89.48 1/ 11
Shane Watson 22 798 36.27 90.78 2/ 4
Michael Clarke 17 628 39.25 77.24 1/ 4
Phil Hughes 17 624 39.00 75.18 2/ 2
Aaron Finch 15 489 32.60 93.14 1/ 2
Glenn Maxwell 17 442 34.00 122.77 0/ 4
Adam Voges 12 430 47.77 83.33 1/ 2
David Hussey 18 417 24.52 84.41 0/ 3
David Warner 17 417 24.52 72.39 0/ 3

In the ODIs he has played so far, Bailey has mostly batted at Nos. 4 and 5, and as the tables below show, he has adapted his game well to the needs of the team. When he has come in early, Bailey's taken his time to score runs, but has mostly preserved his wicket even if the runs have come slowly. In the middle overs, he has scored briskly without relying too much on boundaries. His relatively low number of dismissals - and consequently the high average of 57 - suggests he has largely played risk-free cricket during this phase. In the period since his debut, no batsman has scored more runs than his 912 during the middle overs; Misbah-ul-Haq is next with 901 runs at an average of 69.30 and a run rate of 4.11.

After scoring all those runs in the middle overs, Bailey has also been able to turn it up a couple of gears during the slog, scoring at nine an over and yet achieving a healthy average of more than 42 runs per dismissal while doing so. His dot-ball percentage reduces drastically to 27% during this period, while the boundary percentage rises to nearly 60%, which is exactly what you'd what of a good batsman during the slog overs. In fact, only MS Dhoni (415 runs at an average of 59.28 and run rate of 8.98) has scored more runs in the slog in the last 19 months.

All of this adds up to a batsman who clearly understands the demands of ODI cricket, and has geared his game to meet the challenges of the format. So far in his brief ODI career, he hasn't been as effective when batting second (average 35.66, strike rate 70.39), but then he has batted only seven times in run-chases. When batting first, he has been a powerhouse, averaging 58.25 at a strike rate of 94, stats which have turned him from an also-ran into Australia's most important cog in their ODI batting wheel.

How Bailey's scored his ODI runs
Runs scored Balls faced Dot % 4s/ 6s % boundary runs
1379 1541 48.93 107/ 30 44.09
Bailey against pace and spin in ODIs
  Runs Balls Dismissals Average Run rate
Pace 823 881 16 51.43 5.60
Spin 556 660 9 61.77 5.05
Bailey in different stages of an ODI innings
  Runs Balls Dismissals Average Run rate Dot % Boundary %
0-15 overs 126 204 1 126.00 3.70 65.68 44.44
15.1 to 40 overs 912 1110 16 57.00 4.92 50.27 38.60
40.1 to 50 overs 341 227 8 42.62 9.01 27.31 58.65

S Rajesh is stats editor of ESPNcricinfo. Follow him on Twitter

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  • Mary_786 on October 26, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Good analysis Rajesh, Bailey, Khawaja and Warner are doing whats required to get into the test side but i value domestic runs more then runs on flat tracks in India where 359 is being chased in 40 overs. Also interesting to note that all the key selectors are at our domestic games which indicates that they also know that runs in India are not going to show if the batsman will stand up to the POMs attack but runs domestically will. Still think Warner and Khawaja will fire in the shield games too but if Bailey can do well in the one shield game he gets then all the best to him, but my tip is on Warner and Khawaja firing.

  • inefekt on October 25, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    You all seem oblivious to the dearth of quality batsman in Australia at the present time. The simple fact is that he is performing at a very high level on the international scene which is more than you can say for just about any other Aussie batsman. He needs to be given the opportunity to bat in test matches. You point out his relatively ordinary first class average but did you not read the article? In NON-international one-day matches he averages just 33. It shows that he either steps up a level when the competition steps up or he is simply in career best form, a player at the peak of his powers. I would bet it's the latter. Get him in the test side, there's nobody else knocking on the door.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    What has particularly impressed me is Bailey has led from the front often when the team has floundered, and Australia has won matches they otherwise would have lost as a direct result of both his leadership and personal contributions.

    I'm normally not a fan of specialist ODI players being "round-holed" into the Test team but the more I see of Bailey the more I think he deserves a chance. And critically, for the future of Australian cricket, they need to start grooming their next leader: Michael Clarke won't be around for ever (especially with his back problem) and no other player in either the Test or ODI team stands out as a potential captain.

  • 9ST9 on October 30, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    In this age of T20 and hyped up cricket - people like Bailey go un noticed. He's got a great approach even though his technique needs a little polishing up. IMHO he's even better leadership material than Clarke who still has a wee bit of an attitude problem.

  • on October 29, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    In addition to his correct and re-assuring batting style, what I like about Bailey is his calm posture and a smiling face on-field, even during difficult times. But that does not mean he is soft; he is as tough as any typical Australian hard nut of a cricketer who knows what he wants and the will to win at all costs

  • TimeKiller on October 29, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Good job Rajesh. Can you please select an Indian Test team for the coming WI series strictly based on stats from the past 24 months (before the selectors do)? In fact, do it for every series, for every country. Consider all active cricket players who have played Tests and First class cricket in the country in the past 24 months (exclude the currently injured/unavailable players). Equate the Test batting/bowling averages to First class batting/bowling averages by adding a correction coefficient, say 5 runs (you figure out what it is based on existing stats). It will be fun to select a team strictly based on stats, try it. I want to see, to what extent it resembles the team selected by the selectors.

  • on October 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Very good analysis, similar we need for Virat Kohli also. Thank you.

  • Dangertroy on October 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    It should also be pointed out the quality of the oppositions he has been facing this year - Champions Trophy, England in England, India in India. These are some of the best ODI teams in the world, in their backyards. While I agree that ODI form should not dictate the test team selection, I have been calling for Baileys inclusion in the test side for quite some time. The reason is right here in the article, its how he has stepped up to international level.He's got experience playing around the world, against international teams. He needs to perform in the shield, unfortunately I think he only has one match to stake his claim (and maybe an australia A match against england?). Then again, theres only two rounds to judge form on before the squad is picked, so I think he should at least be in the squad, even if he doesn't play the first test. I think his runs in India are a lot more valuable as an indicator than the Ryobi cup matches in Sydney.

  • on October 27, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Good to see the attacking mindset of Bailey which works very much in favor of both him and the Aussies. Bailey needs to work out his technique a bit for test arena. If he can continue this form in Tests Australia would have a very good chance of getting back the lost Ashes.

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    for all aus fans and Wellwishers. Who do u find in current form and performance better than him. for all his low domestic performance he has stood out in international cricket. and without allowing him an opportunity at test level u people intend to kill ur claim in regaining the ASHES. for all of Clarke's out of the field politics, what have u people gained by backing him. START VALUING A TEAM PLAYER. WE INDIANS MADE A STAR OUT M. AMARNATH, BINNY, SHASTRI, JADEJA, PRAVEEN KUMAR, DHONI, HARBHAJAN and Yes ISHANT SHARMA Just B'coz They Were And Are Team Players. GIVE RESPECT TO THEM RATHER RIDICULING THEM WITH COMPARISON OF FORMER GREATS...

  • Mary_786 on October 26, 2013, 2:00 GMT

    Good analysis Rajesh, Bailey, Khawaja and Warner are doing whats required to get into the test side but i value domestic runs more then runs on flat tracks in India where 359 is being chased in 40 overs. Also interesting to note that all the key selectors are at our domestic games which indicates that they also know that runs in India are not going to show if the batsman will stand up to the POMs attack but runs domestically will. Still think Warner and Khawaja will fire in the shield games too but if Bailey can do well in the one shield game he gets then all the best to him, but my tip is on Warner and Khawaja firing.

  • inefekt on October 25, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    You all seem oblivious to the dearth of quality batsman in Australia at the present time. The simple fact is that he is performing at a very high level on the international scene which is more than you can say for just about any other Aussie batsman. He needs to be given the opportunity to bat in test matches. You point out his relatively ordinary first class average but did you not read the article? In NON-international one-day matches he averages just 33. It shows that he either steps up a level when the competition steps up or he is simply in career best form, a player at the peak of his powers. I would bet it's the latter. Get him in the test side, there's nobody else knocking on the door.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    What has particularly impressed me is Bailey has led from the front often when the team has floundered, and Australia has won matches they otherwise would have lost as a direct result of both his leadership and personal contributions.

    I'm normally not a fan of specialist ODI players being "round-holed" into the Test team but the more I see of Bailey the more I think he deserves a chance. And critically, for the future of Australian cricket, they need to start grooming their next leader: Michael Clarke won't be around for ever (especially with his back problem) and no other player in either the Test or ODI team stands out as a potential captain.

  • 9ST9 on October 30, 2013, 5:15 GMT

    In this age of T20 and hyped up cricket - people like Bailey go un noticed. He's got a great approach even though his technique needs a little polishing up. IMHO he's even better leadership material than Clarke who still has a wee bit of an attitude problem.

  • on October 29, 2013, 11:57 GMT

    In addition to his correct and re-assuring batting style, what I like about Bailey is his calm posture and a smiling face on-field, even during difficult times. But that does not mean he is soft; he is as tough as any typical Australian hard nut of a cricketer who knows what he wants and the will to win at all costs

  • TimeKiller on October 29, 2013, 6:01 GMT

    Good job Rajesh. Can you please select an Indian Test team for the coming WI series strictly based on stats from the past 24 months (before the selectors do)? In fact, do it for every series, for every country. Consider all active cricket players who have played Tests and First class cricket in the country in the past 24 months (exclude the currently injured/unavailable players). Equate the Test batting/bowling averages to First class batting/bowling averages by adding a correction coefficient, say 5 runs (you figure out what it is based on existing stats). It will be fun to select a team strictly based on stats, try it. I want to see, to what extent it resembles the team selected by the selectors.

  • on October 28, 2013, 6:17 GMT

    Very good analysis, similar we need for Virat Kohli also. Thank you.

  • Dangertroy on October 27, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    It should also be pointed out the quality of the oppositions he has been facing this year - Champions Trophy, England in England, India in India. These are some of the best ODI teams in the world, in their backyards. While I agree that ODI form should not dictate the test team selection, I have been calling for Baileys inclusion in the test side for quite some time. The reason is right here in the article, its how he has stepped up to international level.He's got experience playing around the world, against international teams. He needs to perform in the shield, unfortunately I think he only has one match to stake his claim (and maybe an australia A match against england?). Then again, theres only two rounds to judge form on before the squad is picked, so I think he should at least be in the squad, even if he doesn't play the first test. I think his runs in India are a lot more valuable as an indicator than the Ryobi cup matches in Sydney.

  • on October 27, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    Good to see the attacking mindset of Bailey which works very much in favor of both him and the Aussies. Bailey needs to work out his technique a bit for test arena. If he can continue this form in Tests Australia would have a very good chance of getting back the lost Ashes.

  • on October 26, 2013, 16:45 GMT

    for all aus fans and Wellwishers. Who do u find in current form and performance better than him. for all his low domestic performance he has stood out in international cricket. and without allowing him an opportunity at test level u people intend to kill ur claim in regaining the ASHES. for all of Clarke's out of the field politics, what have u people gained by backing him. START VALUING A TEAM PLAYER. WE INDIANS MADE A STAR OUT M. AMARNATH, BINNY, SHASTRI, JADEJA, PRAVEEN KUMAR, DHONI, HARBHAJAN and Yes ISHANT SHARMA Just B'coz They Were And Are Team Players. GIVE RESPECT TO THEM RATHER RIDICULING THEM WITH COMPARISON OF FORMER GREATS...

  • popcorn on October 26, 2013, 12:22 GMT

    Captain Astonishing! Cool Head Bailey! Our Go To Man for The Ashes! The Number 6 spot awaits you, Tassie boy!

  • InfiniteWhite on October 26, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    As much as I like Bailey, we should remember that Australia is facing Anderson, Broad and possibly Tremlett next month, not I Sharma and V Kumar. Vicious bouncers and swinging balls will be abundant and they need a proven performer. For him to really deserve his place in the test side, he must do well against more or less similar quality attack ie Aussie pacers in Sheffield Shield. Hopefully he'll do well, though. At this stage I agree with Ponting to give an extended run to Hughes. Polish this guy's skills and he'll be Aussie's next great.

  • TheNewStatsman on October 26, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    George Bailey may well be exceptional. But how can we know when

    1) none of these statistics are normalised against prevailing scoring trends in different eras (eg - we're playing in the era of the short boundary, rocket-powered bat and extended power play) 2) there is no metric for strength of opponents faced 3) you don't calculate a confidence interval to estabish the signficance of Bailey's average in comparison to other batsman.

    I know all this sounds complicated and time-consuming, but real maths is. Try some at the New Statsman on Wordpress. It's nerdy but not boring.

  • Gaswell on October 25, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    He must be selected for the test team. Nobody else on the fringe, has a stronger claim. If Boof and the selectors are serious about picking on form. they have no choice as Bailey just picked himself.

  • cricketanalyst7 on October 25, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    In his demeanor both on and off the field George Bailey is highly reminiscent of Steve Waugh; He will doubtless be tested in the upcoming Ashes should he be selected but he has the fighting qualities Australian cricket desperately needs and his captaincy insights and intuition will be indespensible to Michael Clarke.

  • on October 25, 2013, 19:55 GMT

    Mr. Bailey can beat bradman if AUS continue to play few more series against INDIA. lol:)

  • Harlequin. on October 25, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    I'm definitely with Bruce Lamberton on this one, get him in the test team! Sure ODI scores are nothing to go on, but Australia are leaving themselves with little choice given their domestic schedules, and his leadership would be useful. Personally, I would drop Clarke from captaincy and give it to Bailey for a couple of years whilst Aus rebuild.

  • gsingh7 on October 25, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    odi form does not always replicate in tests . yuvi and bevan are one of the best odi cricketers of all time but they are nowhere to be seen in tests. bailey is good only for hit and giggle limited over format but he wud rarely survive 40 or 50 overs of top class test bowling. proof- his sheffield average , which is below warner and khawaja.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    he's a very good one-day batsman, who knows how to pace an innings so that he gets into the nineties before getting out. he's good to watch, and always plays in the interests of his side. he's like michael bevan, in fact - and, like bevan, he's not quite good enough to make it in test cricket. play him against england and they'll eat him for breakfast

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I just dont know why is he not in the Ashes squad for Australia.......He can their next best batsman after Clarke...........

  • Diddles1978 on October 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    His legside preference work's well in limited overs games but he will soon get found out at test level. LOI bowling is mainly angled in at the stumps but in test cricket the bowlers will be bowling out swingers in a channel out side off stump.

  • dmat on October 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Stats are meaningless when you play on postage stamp sized grounds with flat decks and only a few decent bowlers. He's a good leader and a handy bat but great, he aint. Don't try and catapult him into the test team based on these performances - it will be different against Anderson and Broad on a seaming Gabba wicket with a red ball, attacking fields and decent boundaries.

  • on October 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    He has to be picked for the Ashes.

  • Treader on October 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @alexk400 I believe that the new (young) players in the side need to be above and beyond the player they are replace. If this is not happening (which it's not) something has to be done at the lower levels.

  • roversgate on October 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    There is something wrong with the sentence after "the best calendar years in ODIs for Australian batsmen" table. Your sentence doesn't make much sense: " However, that year when Ponting and Hayden were both in stunning form, Bailey is the only one who has consistently scored runs in these last 19 months."

    Other than that sentence, nice article, he has been impressive and should be given a chance in the Ashes.

    Editor's reply: Thanks for pointing this out. The error has been corrected.

  • Alexk400 on October 25, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I still do not think he is good when matters. He is not the player CA should invest their time. If he is young then it will be totally different story. He can play few years because current crop of young aussie batsman stinks more than him.

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I salute Bailey for adapting so quickly and so well. A trendsetter for a cricketer of any age..

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    In a word...His performance is superb...His gentle smile & smart leadership should be a great key for Australians...As a fan of him, I believe he will turn into a great Australian Batsman ever at the end of his career

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    In a word...His performance is superb...His gentle smile & smart leadership should be a great key for Australians...As a fan of him, I believe he will turn into a great Australian Batsman ever at the end of his career

  • on October 25, 2013, 4:33 GMT

    I salute Bailey for adapting so quickly and so well. A trendsetter for a cricketer of any age..

  • Alexk400 on October 25, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    I still do not think he is good when matters. He is not the player CA should invest their time. If he is young then it will be totally different story. He can play few years because current crop of young aussie batsman stinks more than him.

  • roversgate on October 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    There is something wrong with the sentence after "the best calendar years in ODIs for Australian batsmen" table. Your sentence doesn't make much sense: " However, that year when Ponting and Hayden were both in stunning form, Bailey is the only one who has consistently scored runs in these last 19 months."

    Other than that sentence, nice article, he has been impressive and should be given a chance in the Ashes.

    Editor's reply: Thanks for pointing this out. The error has been corrected.

  • Treader on October 25, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    @alexk400 I believe that the new (young) players in the side need to be above and beyond the player they are replace. If this is not happening (which it's not) something has to be done at the lower levels.

  • on October 25, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    He has to be picked for the Ashes.

  • dmat on October 25, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    Stats are meaningless when you play on postage stamp sized grounds with flat decks and only a few decent bowlers. He's a good leader and a handy bat but great, he aint. Don't try and catapult him into the test team based on these performances - it will be different against Anderson and Broad on a seaming Gabba wicket with a red ball, attacking fields and decent boundaries.

  • Diddles1978 on October 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT

    His legside preference work's well in limited overs games but he will soon get found out at test level. LOI bowling is mainly angled in at the stumps but in test cricket the bowlers will be bowling out swingers in a channel out side off stump.

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    I just dont know why is he not in the Ashes squad for Australia.......He can their next best batsman after Clarke...........

  • on October 25, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    he's a very good one-day batsman, who knows how to pace an innings so that he gets into the nineties before getting out. he's good to watch, and always plays in the interests of his side. he's like michael bevan, in fact - and, like bevan, he's not quite good enough to make it in test cricket. play him against england and they'll eat him for breakfast