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Communication crucial for selector Bailey
Soon-to-be selector George Bailey discusses how he will approach his new role
28 November 2019, 08:19 PM AEST
Open communication between Australian cricket selectors and players is a key issue for soon-to-be national panel member George Bailey.
The popular former Australian batsman will retire after this summer's Big Bash to join Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer in the high-pressure role.
Bailey said he is prepared for inevitable criticism from the public and media but was keen on fostering dialogue between players and the national panel.
Several players have expressed their frustration with selectors in the recent past, including Chris Lynn who recently said he didn't receive a phone call after being left out of the national T20 squad.
WA quick Nathan Coulter-Nile was also miffed about his non-selection in Australia's ODI team in January.
The 37-year-old, who has played five Tests, 90 ODIs and 30 T20s for Australia, said he never had any issues with selectors' communication, though acknowledged the issue "pops up a lot".
"I think it is one that can be easily fixed or understood - how much (feedback) players want," Bailey said.
Bailey conceded he could be forced to make a tough call on the Test future of Tasmanian teammates Tim Paine and Matthew Wade.
"It's all just about being honest. It won't be my decision and my decision alone," he said.
"One of the great things is that everyone has an opinion about who should or shouldn't be in the Australian cricket team.
"Have you seen the way I stand when I face the cricket ball? I'm happy to cop a little bit of criticism, that won't be any concern."
Until he retires in February, Bailey will act as an adviser to Langer and Hohns as well as performance manager Ben Oliver.
He has just two first-class appearances left for Tasmania, the penultimate beginning on Friday against Queensland at Bellerive Oval.
"I've very much enjoyed the journey to the top level and playing cricket for as long as I have," said Bailey, who added: I'm certainly more excited about what lies on the other side of the fence."