George Bailey Steps Down As Australia T20 Captain

George Bailey
George Bailey has called time on his leadership of the Australian Twenty20 side
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Australia Twenty20 skipper George Bailey has decided to step down from his responsibilities, as a part of his constructive move in a bid of making a comeback in the Test squad.

Bailey has expressed his desire to focus on first-class cricket although he will continue to lead the Hobart Hurricanes and the Kings XI Punjab.

Australian opening batsman Aaron Finch, who has impressed with his captaincy for the Melbourne Renegades in the Big Bash League, is tipped to be Bailey's successor.

"The very end goal is hopefully to play more Test cricket, but more than that it's just about playing the best four-day cricket I can," said Bailey, who will lead Tasmania in the upcoming Bupa Sheffield Shield season.

"It's the format I find the most challenging and the format that I get the most enjoyment from – it's where my real passion lies.

"Whether concentrating on that ends up in me getting back into the Test squad, it doesn't worry me too much.

"It's just about playing as well as I can."

Bailey, who took over the mantle from Cameron White in 2012, has successfully led the Australian side 28 times in Twenty20 Internationals and was at the helm for 14 wins.

Bailey will remain as Australia’s one-day vice-captain and is expected to lead his side against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates should Michael Clarke’s hamstring injury continue to keep him on the sidelines.

CA chief executive James Sutherland said that Bailey can be proud of his achievements as Australia captain.

"George is a fine leader and will certainly leave big shoes to fill as Australia’s T20 captain," he said.

"I’d like to thank him for his efforts in captaining the country in the shortest form of the game. He is an excellent ambassador for Australian cricket, displaying great leadership and setting a positive example for younger players around the country.

"He should be very proud of these achievements. We fully respect his decision to step aside from the international T20 captaincy and look forward to seeing him continue his One-Day International career as well as playing more first-class cricket.

"We also wish him all the best in his endeavours to play more Test cricket."

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