Cricket Australia has today announced George Bailey will join the National Selection Panel for the Australian Men’s Cricket Team at the conclusion of the KFC Big Bash League.
Bailey, 37, will draw the curtain on his playing career with Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes in early February to take on the role of Selector full-time.
Bailey will initially serve as a National Teams advisor and work closely with the likes of EGM of National Teams Ben Oliver, Australian Men’s Team Head Coach Justin Langer and National Selector Trevor Hohns before joining the NSP in a full-time capacity upon his retirement from playing.
Oliver said Bailey would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the NSP.
“We’re thrilled to have George join the National Selection Panel. He is an outstanding leader and one of the most respected, thoughtful and generous figures in international cricket,” Oliver said.
“George’s international and domestic playing career speaks for itself. His extensive experience 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 also excited about the broader impact that George will have on Australian cricket as we work to connect more closely with players, coaches and high performance staff across the country.
“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 five Tests, 90 One-Day Internationals and 30 Twenty20 Internationals. He has also been a stalwart for Tasmania, the Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars since making his first-class debut in 2004. He is currently 12 runs short of 10,000 first class runs.
Bailey said he was delighted to be joining Hohns and Langer on the NSP.
“I am passionate about the long-term success of the Australian cricket team and advancing the cause of Australian cricket in general,” Bailey said. “I have been fortunate enough to contribute as a player for quite a few years, and to now have the opportunity to continue in the role of Selector is a tremendous honour.
“I’m confident I can add value to the selection process and that my experience will be complementary to that of Trevor and Justin. I am really excited to be joining them in the coming months.”
Dominic Baker, Cricket Tasmania’s Chief Executive, congratulated Bailey on an outstanding playing career and wished him well in his new endeavour.
“George has been the heart and soul of Tasmanian cricket for well over a decade and, on behalf of all Tasmanians, I thank him for his dedication, commitment and passion for the cause,” Baker said. “I have no doubt George will make an outstanding Selector and will provide Australian cricket with the same wisdom, drive and purpose that has defined his time with Tasmania.”