The T20 captain of the Australian Cricket Team, George Bailey, proved his worth as a leader in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League as well. He was appointed as the captain of the Kings XI Punjab side despite some other strong contestants being there for the post. The Tasmanian lived up to the faith showed in him by the higher officials of the franchise and led the team wonderfully throughout the tournament. Had he been slightly lucky, he would probably have made his team champion.
Bailey’s performance with the bat was a bit up and down though during the course of the tournament. He played a few impact knocks, but, other than that, he was not that impressive as a batsman, but, he made up for that with his great captaincy skills. There were a few occasions in the tournament when the strong Punjab batting order couldn’t post a big total on the board, but, Bailey didn’t let those matches slip away from his team’s hands. By rotating his bowling options superbly and setting great fields, he won Punjab those games.
Bailey is being tipped by some experts back in Australia as the most suitable man to take over the One Day International captaincy from Michael Clarke once the New South Wales player retires from that format and the way he has been captaining these days, be it in international cricket or club cricket, he indeed seems to be the most suitable guy for that post.
Bailey was given the charge of the Australian team in the shortest format of the game a couple of years back in 2012. He had replaced Cameron White back then who was dropped from the team because of his poor form.
Australia has taken part in two World T20 Championships under the captaincy of Bailey.