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Sat Apr 19 01:18:58 SAST 2014

Australian captain Bailey 'shouldn't be in the Aussie team'

TEAMtalk Media | 20 September, 2012 17:010 Comments
Australia v Ireland - ICC World Twenty20 2012: Group B
Australian captain George Bailey leaves the field after beating Ireland during ICC World Twenty20 2012 Group B match at R. Premadasa Stadium on September 19, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Image by: Gareth Copley / Getty Images

Former Australia captain and current commentator Ian Chappell has voiced his opinion of T20 captain George Bailey's place in the side, saying using Bailey instead of David Hussey is a 'handicap' to the team.

Chappell is a big Hussey fan, and said the veteran batsman should be in the team ahead of Bailey, who has not been overly impressive since being drafted into the side, and hinted that he wouldn't be sorry if the skipper was discarded.

Chappell told Cricinfo: "They [Australia] are handicapping themselves when they are leaving David Hussey out of the line-up.

"And the handicap has come about because they have picked a captain and then they have picked a team around the captain and that is not the Australian way of doing it.

"When you are fitting George Bailey in and one of David Hussey, Glenn Maxwell or Cameron White is going to miss out, three pretty dynamic middle-order players, it's a mistake and it's a handicap for Australia.

"There is only one way around it but that's not going to happen.

"The other reason it doesn't make a lot of sense is because Australia have struggled a bit against spin bowling and you have David Hussey who is a very, very good player of spin bowling and a dynamic player who can hit sixes."

Australia coach Mickey Arthur was quick to defend his skipper, saying the Tasmanian batsman brought valuable spirit to the dressing room:"I always battle with... it's very easy to give a comment from outside the team.

"But when you're actually in the team, I always want to go around the selection table and have this debate with selectors.

"You pick batting ability, fielding ability, but there needs to be a separate column for character and what the chap actually brings to the group.

"That's massively important. But I can tell you from where I sit that what George Bailey brings to our team is phenomenal."

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