Bailey not giving up on World T20 dream


Former Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey still harbours ambitions of playing international 20-over cricket as he sets his sights on the World T20.

Bailey has not played T20I cricket since relinquishing the Australia captaincy in 2014 but the 33-year-old, who led the country to two World T20 titles, is knocking on the door for a recall.

In the Big Bash League this season, Bailey has amassed 240 runs, with three half-centuries, at an average of 60 for Hobart Hurricanes.

Bailey's one-day international form is also beyond doubt, having averaged 54.5 against England last season, and the veteran is upbeat about his chances as Australia prepare to open their ODI series against India in on Tuesday.

"There's a World Cup looming around the corner, and I'd love to be a part of it," said Bailey.

"I'll try to drop as many subtle hints as I can in front of Finchy [captain Aaron Finch].

"And I'm pretty sure the selectors know I'm not retired now, so that's a step in the right direction.

"I played a lot of T20 cricket in the subcontinent, and had some experience in World Cups. So hopefully that holds me in good stead.

"But runs are always the best currency."