Pune call up Bailey to replace Du Plessis


The Rising Pune Supergiants have had a dismal time in their debut season, both on the field and in the treatment room, and have called up Australia's George Bailey to try and stem the flow of bad luck.

Bailey, the former Kings XI Punjab skipper, has been called up to replace South Africa's Faf du Plessis, who had to leave the IPL with a broken finger. He is one of four big-name losses to injury.

Kevin Pietersen, Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh have also been sent home hurt, and Pune bosses hope Bailey's experience will help recover from the losses in personnel, and the defeats on the field.

RPS chief executive Raghu Iyer said: "We lost four crucial players, but we are looking ahead.

"Bailey has tremendous experience and had a very successful season before last. He can contribute to the leadership group.

"Smith's (injury news) been a bummer. He was just coming into his own and this happened.

"It is a challenging time. Before we could settle down we lost the core group of players around whom you build a team."