Tuesday 21 January 2014 

Video - Inverarity Explains Bailey Omission

Watch as Cricket Australia's National Selector John Inverarity explains the decision to leave George Bailey out of the Test squad to take on South Africa next month.

Bailey played in all five Ashes Tests but has been left out in favour of uncapped batsman Alex Doolan and top-order player Shaun Marsh.

Inverarity says that the decision was made after the selectors took into consideration conditions in South Africa and the sort of attack they will face.

He says that Doolan and Marsh will be better suited for the trip, which sees Australia take on the Proteas in three Tests beginning on 12th February.

"Look, I think George's contribution to the Ashes victory was very significant, you know he played an integral role there and it was a wonderful Ashes series as we all know and the eleven players knitted together really well and they were convincing winners," Inverarity began.

"Going to South Africa we think that George is less suited to there, against their attack and we've bolstered the batting, we've left him out and bolstered the batting with Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh," he added.

When asked what Bailey needs to do to get himself back into the side, Inverarity says that the Twenty20 captain needs to keep scoring runs and improving his game.

"It's the same with any players, I mean they've all got to just do their best, they've just got to do their best and what we as a selection panel want is lots of competition for players," he said.

"Players performing, doing really well, showing us their wares and really pushing their claims. Nothing has changed for George (Bailey) he's always tried his hardest, he needs to keep trying his hardest and getting better and better."

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