The vice captain of the Australian ODI team George Bailey is not happy with what Ian Chappell has written about him in one of his recent columns.
In that column, Chappell who is a former Australian captain wrote that he would not pick Bailey for the first Ashes test because he doesn’t think that the Tasmanian’s technique is good enough to succeed in test match cricket.
According to Chappell, the selectors shouldn’t only look towards the amount of runs that Bailey has scored in shorter versions of the game in recent past. They should rather have their eyes on Bailey’s batsmanship.
Chappell doesn’t think that Bailey can handle high quality spin bowling or high quality pace bowling for that matter.
When Bailey was asked about Chappell’s statements, he said, “Ian has never said a good thing about me. So, I am not surprised by his recent statements.”
“Everyone has his own opinion. I am not going to take it that seriously. I am not looking to prove myself to anyone. I am just trying to improve my game every day and I don’t care if I am getting enough support or not.”
“I haven’t been told anything by the selectors yet. Apart from me, there are 6 or 7 more guys in contention and anybody can get the opportunity. I am just looking to do well in the upcoming shield match.”
When asked if he would like to bat at no. 3 in case Shane Watson doesn’t recover from his hamstring injury in time, Bailey said, “I don’t think they would consider me for the no. 3 position. There are some good top order players around. Alex Doolan is one of them. He has been in great form off late and I would be really happy if he gets selected. He is a close mate of mine.”