Sussex sign Australia’s Bailey for T20s


Australia batsman George Bailey will be playing for the Sussex Sharks during the second half of the Natwest T20 Blast this season, taking over from Sri Lanka veteran Mahela Jayawardene, who will cover the first half.

Bailey was part of Australia's World Cup-winning squad and captained the side in their first match. He has county experience, having played for Hampshire in the past. He is currently captain of the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL.

He said of the deal: "I'm delighted that I will be heading to Hove and I am looking forward to testing myself once more in one of the toughest domestic cricket environments.

"I have heard excellent things about the set-up at Sussex, and we have a really exciting squad that I believe can mount title challenges in all formats in 2015."

Sussex's professional cricket manager Mark Robinson added: "The whole club is really excited at the prospect of George joining us.

"He is obviously a fantastic one-day player and is also a World Cup winner and international captain – which will only add to our dressing room."