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“I’m as excited as anyone to find out how I measure up”
Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has announced that he is determined to make the most of his Ashes call-up against England in the first Test at the Gabba in Brisbane on November 21.
Bailey, 31, is the oldest batsman to be making his Test debut for Australia in 34 years, but he has vowed not to let his opportunity go to waste.
“I’m as excited as anyone to find out how I measure up,” he said. “I’ll just give it the best that I’ve got.”
When asked if he would be changing his batting style and mindset for the Ashes, Bailey said: “I don’t really think of it that way. It’s just good form, so just hit the ball. It’s the same approach and I feel very comfortable with where I’m at at the moment.”
Australia coach Darren Lehmann stated that Bailey will have plenty of time to get himself accustomed to Test cricket and the Ashes as well.
“He’s exciting and he’s in good form, he’ll get his chance to have a real crack at it in the first few test matches and I’m sure he’ll do well,” Lehmann said. “He’s a confidence player, he’s experienced so he won’t be overawed by the occasion and I think he’ll have a good series.
“His performances in the one-day arena have been exceptional over the last 12 months. He’s got the ability, we just have to transfer that into the Test arena.”