Picking Bailey for the Ashes would be a bad move, says Ian Chappell

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“Facing a quality England attack on bouncy Australian pitches is a far cry from what Bailey has been relishing in India”

Former Australia captain Ian Chappell believes picking batsman George Bailey for the upcoming Ashes series would be a really bad move on the part of the national selectors.

Bailey gave the national selectors something to think about after he scored 478 runs at an impressive average of 95.60 against India in the recently concluded seven-match ODI series.

He will now represent Tasmania in their Sheffield Shield match against Queensland on November 6.

Bailey is one of the front-runners to occupy the number six spot on the roster, but Chappell once again reiterated that Australia would be making a huge mistake by selecting the 31-year-old.

“A selector has to look past the number of runs and see the batsmanship,” Chappell wrote in his column for the Sydney-based Sunday Telegraph. “Bailey, despite his mountain of runs in one-day cricket, is a batsman who’s restricted through the cover region [and] can be stifled by good spinners and is troubled by well-directed short-pitched bowling.

“His moderate first-class record and those limitations are not a good template for a Test batsman.

“Facing a quality England attack on bouncy Australian pitches is a far cry from what Bailey has been relishing in India.

“Batting on pitches that bowlers find as helpful as a Parisian asked for directions in English and against an Indian attack more benevolent than the Bill Gates Foundation, has little bearing on what’s looming at the Gabba and beyond.”

Chappell added that he doesn’t believe Bailey is ready to face England’s “top-class” bowling attack.

“There’s also a chasm of difference between batting against a pedestrian attack hoping to contain and top-class bowling predators seeking wickets with field placings to reflect those widely varying approaches,” he said. “The Australian selectors have to ignore the clamouring from a Board and a public that are desperate for victory over England and choose a combination that gives the side their best chance of winning.”

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