Cricket Australia has confirmed George Bailey will join the National Selection Panel for the Australian men’s team at the end of the Big Bash season.
It means the 37-year-old veteran will pull the curtains on his Sheffield Shield career with Tasmania and Big Bash duties with the Hobart Hurricanes to adopt the selector’s role full-time in February.
Bailey comes onboard the selection panel after former selector and Australian great Greg Chappell announced he’d be stepping down from the role at the end of this year’s Ashes series.
Bailey will operate as an advisor alongside general manager of national teams Ben Oliver, men’s head coach Justin Langer and national selector Trevor Hohns before he joins the selectors’ panel on a full-time basis after he retires from playing.
Oliver said he was looking forward to having someone with the experience that Bailey possesses on the panel.
“We’re excited to own St. George be a part of the National choice Panel.
He is an impressive leader and one in every of the foremost revered, thoughtful and generous figures in international cricket,” Oliver said in a statement.
“George’s international and domestic taking part in career speaks for itself.
His in depth expertise across all formats, and deep knowledge of T20 cricket, will be invaluable as we head into a home T20 World Cup and beyond.
“We’re conjointly excited regarding the broader impact that St. George can wear Australian cricket as we tend to work to attach a lot of closely with players, coaches and high-performance staff across the country.As well as eight seasons thus far for the Hurricanes, he’s spent time playing for the Melbourne Stars in the 2011/12 Big Bash season.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank Cricket Tasmania for their support of George’s move to the NSP, as well as all those who took the time to apply for the position.”
Bailey represented Australia in 90 one-day internationals, 30 T20 internationals and five Test matches, while he is an icon of Tasmanian cricket. As well as eight seasons thus far for the Hurricanes, he’s spent time playing for the Melbourne Stars in the 2011/12 Big Bash season.
Bailey said he was honoured to be joining Hohns and Langer on the panel.
“I am enthusiastic about the long success of the Australian cricket team and advancing the explanation for Australian cricket generally,” Bailey said.
“I are lucky enough to contribute as a player for quite an few years, and to now have the opportunity to continue in the role of Selector is a
“I’m assured I will add price to the choice method which my expertise are going to be complementary thereto of Trevor and Justin. I am extremely excited to be join them within the returning months.”