Bailey: White or red ball cricket, it's just good form

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Batsman George Bailey is determined to convert a superb stretch of form in ODI cricket to big contributions at Test level, when Australia's Ashes campaign gets underway in Brisbane next week.

Batsman George Bailey is determined to convert a superb stretch of form in ODI cricket to big contributions at Test level, when Australia's Ashes campaign gets underway in Brisbane next week.

Bailey has been named in the 12-man squad for the series opener despite a poor string of performances in first-class competition for Tasmania last season, which brought a poor average of 18.28.

The talented right-hander has, however, garnered plenty of favour on the back of three half-centuries and a ton in the ODI series against India recently. Bailey, in fact, amassed 478 runs at the impressive average of 95.60 in the seven-match affair.

"White or red ball cricket, I don't really think of it that way. It's just good form, so just hit the ball," said Bailey.

"It's the same approach and I feel very comfortable with where I'm at at the moment. I'm as excited as anyone to find out how I measure up."

While all-rounder James Faulkner was retained and fast bowler Mitchell Johnson recalled, left-handers Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes were omitted. The in-form, uncapped Alex Doolan, too, was not included.

"I think Alex is close and I wouldn't have been surprised at all if they've gone for Doolan. He'll be in the mix right throughout this summer," added Bailey.

"Hopefully having faced all of the England bowlers over the last couple of years, that will all hopefully be positive."

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