George Bailey beats Matthew Wade to Australian vice-captaincy for Champions Trophy

Shane Watson's decision to step down as the vice-captain has created a leadership vacuum in Australian cricket, says chief selector John Inverarity.

updated: May 01, 2013 15:55 IST
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Shane Watson's decision to step down as Michael Clarke's deputy has clearly affected the Australian cricket management. The decision to name George Bailey as the vice-captain for the Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom next month clearly reflects that.

Bailey is Australia's T20 captain and his appointment as Clarke's deputy for Champions Trophy means Cricket Australia has taken a horses-for-courses policy. Usually, a vice-captain in a 50-over competition is looked upon as a candidate for future Test captaincy. Bailey doesn't figure in Australia's Test squad.

Test wicketkeeper Matthew Wade was overlooked and Australian cricket chiefs opted for Bailey, who has had limited success as a T20 specialist. Many see Wade as Clarke's successor.

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