George Bailey likely to be Australia’s Next Chief Selector

Former Australian team skipper George Bailey is likely to be the next national selector after being chosen in the panel alongside head coach Justin Langer and selection chairman Trevor Hohns. Bailey is expected to hold the position even while playing for Big Bash League side Hobart Hurricanes from December.

This is not the first time that an Aussie player will be taking on the selection role while still a player, though. Numerous cricketers have been the selector of Australia either as captain or immediately after they have retired, including players like Michael Clarke, Don Bradman, Greg Chappell and Peter Taylor.

The Cricket Australia head of national teams Ben Oliver said that he was “really pleased with people who put their head in for the role.” He added that Bailey’s vast knowledge as a white-ball player will be beneficial to the side, especially with the T20 World Cup at home next year. Oliver also added that the new selector will be involved in picking the Test squads as well.

“The panel and all three will be responsible for all of Australia’s men’s teams.”

Bailey has previously represented Australia in five Tests, 90 ODIs and 30 T20Is and is yet to hang up his boots from the game. He last played for the national team back in September 2017 against Pakistan while he was playing for World XI.


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