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Australia batsman George Bailey has stepped down as the country’s Twenty20 captain to focus on the upcoming World Cup, and on playing more first-class cricket for Tasmania in order to regain his spot in the Test team.
Bailey also stated that he would not be playing in the Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates and South Africa at home. However, he didn’t mention that he was retiring from the format.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the responsibility and honour of leading Australia in T20 internationals,” Bailey said. “Over the last couple of months I have had the opportunity to reflect on my role as T20 captain and the direction I want to take my cricket over the next few years.
“Personally, I want to focus on my one-day cricket as well as becoming the best long-form player I can to give myself the very best chance to play Test cricket again. Stepping down from the T20 captaincy allows me the option of not playing some T20 International matches so I can play more four-day cricket for Tasmania this side of Christmas.
“With that in mind and also an eye to the future and the 2016 ICC World Twenty20, I consider this to be a good time to step down from the captaincy and allow a new captain the chance to settle into the role. I have had numerous discussions with Cricket Australia and they have been very supportive of my decision. My passion and commitment to T20 cricket remains strong and I look forward to continuing my T20 roles with the Hobart Hurricanes and Kings XI Punjab.”
There has been no word on who will replace Bailey. But, it is likely that it will be between Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, David Warner and Cameron White.
“George is a fine leader and will certainly leave big shoes to fill as Australia’s T20 captain,” Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland said. “I’d like to thank him for his efforts in captaining the country in the shortest form of the game. He is an excellent ambassador for Australian cricket, displaying great leadership and setting a positive example for younger players around the country.
“He should be very proud of these achievements. We fully respect his decision to step aside from the international T20 captaincy and look forward to seeing him continue his one-day international career as well as playing more first-class cricket. We also wish him all the best in his endeavours to play more Test cricket.”