Ian Chappell blasts Bailey’s selection
Ian Chappell says skipper George Bailey’s selection in Australia’s team for the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka is a handicap to the side.
Chappell says Victorian trio Glenn Maxwell, Cameron White and David Hussey all deserve places in the side ahead of middle-order batsman Bailey.
The former 1970s Test captain and prominent media commentator wants to see Hussey recalled to the lineup for Saturday’s Group B clash with West Indies.
Tasmania’s Bailey made his debut as player and captain of the national T20 side in February 2012 and averages 25.00 in eight games with a highest score of 42 against Pakistan in Dubai earlier this month.
The skipper hit an unbeaten six in Australia’s seven-wicket win in their opening Group B clash with Ireland in Colombo on Wednesday night.
Australia coach Mickey Arthur has dismissed Chappell’s comments, saying Bailey is a phenomenal leader and he couldn’t be happier with the 30-year-old’s contribution to the side.
“They (Australia) are handicapping themselves when they are leaving David Hussey out of the lineup,” Chappell told Cricinfo.
“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.”
Hussey averages 23.62 and was dropped after making three and one in the first two games of this month’s series against Pakistan.
“I always battle with … it’s very easy to give a comment from outside the team,” Arthur said on Thursday.
“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.”
Hussey’s presence on the annual national-contract list has raised eyebrows as he’s never played a Test and isn’t winning selection for the World T20. But Arthur says the 35-year-old remains in contention for the 2013 Ashes squad.© AAP 2013