Hobart Hurricanes Captain George Bailey last year showed why he is one of the big name players in world short format cricket. Dubbed the ‘Summer of George’, Bailey was part of the ‘unchangeables’ side which whitewashed England in the Ashes Series before leading Australia to ODI and T20 series victories against England and was named Australia’s ODI Player of the Year at the Ricky Ponting Medal. Bailey was only able to play in the Hurricanes final two matches due to his national commitments but what an addition he was in these fixtures. The Australian T20 skipper hit 32 from 26 balls as he and Tim Paine guided the Hurricanes to a famous semi-final victory against the Melbourne Stars and then backed up this effort with 58 from 32 in the final against the Scorchers, showing the millions of people watching what a clean hitter of the ball he is.
After leading his IPL side Kings XI Punjab to the final of the IPL. Bailey will return to Hobart for a short break before preparing for next season which will again be a busy one in national colours but we hope to see more of George in purple.