George Bailey to lead Prime Minister's XI vs. South Africa
02 October 2018
Media Dept for Hobart Hurricanes
The Prime Minister of Australia, The Hon. Scott Morrison MP, and Cricket Australia’s National Selection Panel have confirmed George Bailey will lead the Prime Minister’s XI in its day-night, one-day match against South Africa at Canberra’s Manuka Oval on 31 October.
The 36-year-old has captained his country at ODI and T20I level, and represented Australia at international level in all forms of the game, having played five Tests, 90 ODIs and 30 T20Is.
Bailey, who captains both Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes, is one of Australian cricket’s most respected leaders.
He has been involved in the game at domestic level for almost two decades, having made his List A debut in 2001-02 and his first-class debut for Tasmania in 2004.
Bailey is the first Tasmanian to captain the team since Ricky Ponting in 2013, and he follows in the footsteps of recent Prime Minister’s XI captains including Nathan Lyon, Michael Hussey and Brett Lee.
He has represented the Prime Minister’s XI on multiple occasions, including in 2009 when he scored an unbeaten century – in a team captained by now-Australian Men’s Cricket Team coach Justin Langer – to help the side claim a six-wicket win against New Zealand.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said:
“I am thrilled that George Bailey has been named captain of the PM’s XI,” the Prime Minister said.
“George is a world-class player with outstanding leadership credentials.
“He’s a role-model for young cricketers throughout Tasmania and right around the nation. I have no doubt he’ll be a great mentor to younger members in the team.
“I’m looking forward to working with him and Greg to finalise the squad of players to take on South Africa.”
Prime Minister’s XI captain, George Bailey, said:
“I’m really excited about the opportunity to captain the Prime Minister’s XI,” Bailey said.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to represent the Prime Minister’s XI on a couple of occasions during my career, and now to captain the team is a real privilege.
“Over the years, the match has provided an opportunity for some of Australia’s best emerging players to test their skills against a quality international side, and I’m sure this year will be no different.
“I’m looking forward to working with the players who get that chance this year, and taking on South Africa in front of a big crowd at Manuka Oval.”
CA National Selector and National Talent Manager, Greg Chappell, said:
“George is an outstanding leader who thoroughly deserves this honour, and we are thrilled that he will captain the Prime Minister’s XI against South Africa this summer,” Chappell said.
“He has a wealth of captaincy experience at international and domestic level, and continues the tradition of highly respected Australian cricketers leading this team. We anticipate the squad will, as in previous years, have a mix of experienced players and some exciting young talent, and know George will do a great job as captain.”