Bailey quits as T20I captain
Batsman George Bailey has resigned as Australia's Twenty20 International captain.
Batsman George Bailey has resigned as Australia's Twenty20 International captain with immediate effect.
Bailey, too, will enjoy a brief break from the shortest format of the international game – and miss the one-off fixture against Pakistan and three more versus South Africa – later this year.
He will, however, continue to skipper the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League and Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20.
"I've thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and honour of leading Australia in T20 Internationals. Over the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to reflect on my role as T20I captain and the direction I want to take my cricket over the next few years," said Bailey.
"Personally, I want to focus on my ODI cricket as well as becoming the best long-form player I can to give myself the very best chance to play Test cricket again. Stepping down from the T20I captaincy allows me the option of not playing some T20 International matches so I can play more four-day cricket for Tasmania this side of Christmas.
"With that in mind and also an eye to the future and the 2016 World Twenty20, I consider this to be a good time to step down from the captaincy and allow a new captain the chance to settle into the role.
"I have had numerous discussions with Cricket Australia and they have been very supportive of my decision. My passion and commitment to T20 cricket remains strong and I look forward to continuing my T20 roles with the Hobart Hurricanes and Kings XI Punjab."
Bailey, who succeed erstwhile skipper Cameron White in January 2012, led the Australians in 28 T20Is – for 14 victories, 13 defeats and one tie. Batsman Aaron Finch is expected to replace the 32-year-old as captain.
"George is a fine leader and will certainly leave big shoes to fill as Australia's T20 captain. 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," added Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland.
"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 ODI 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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