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AAP logoAAP 6/09/2016

Today's Birthday, September 7: Australian Cricketer George Bailey (1982-)

George Bailey is an Australian cricketer known for his destructive strike play and ability to change a match within a few overs.

Born in Launceston, Tasmania on September 7 1982, Bailey attended the Launceston Church Grammar School and played his junior cricket with the South Launceston Cricket Club.

After displaying blistering talent with the bat at his junior club, Bailey was asked to join the state one-day squad at the age of 19, before being chosen to play for Tasmania during the 2005-06 season.

Bailey made the most of his selection in the team, scoring 778 runs, including three centuries.

His performances with the bat and his leadership qualities earned Bailey the captaincy of Tasmania in the 2009-10 season and he led the team to its second Sheffield Shield triumph in 2011.

Bailey was selected in the Australian T20 squad for the series against India in 2012, and also replaced Cameron White as the captain of the T20 side, a bold move by the selectors for a player making their debut.

His One Day International (ODI) breakthrough came during the tour of the West Indies in 2012, where he made 45 runs in both matches.

Bailey was then chosen to captain the ODI side when regular skipper Michael Clarke was rested for the first two games against Sri Lanka in January 2013.

He responded to the new responsibility with a cracking 89 to lead his team to a comfortable victory.

In November 2013, Bailey became Australia's 436th Test cap in the Ashes and was presented with the baggy green before the start of play by former captain Mark Taylor.

In recent years Bailey has played for the Melbourne Stars and the Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League and in 2016 signed with the Rising Pune Supergiants, a new Indian Premier League team.

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