The Ashes: George Bailey to make Test debut for Australia vs England

Selectors will be hoping George Bailey can bring much-needed middle order stability with the Tasmanian preferred to Alex Doolan.

updated: November 19, 2013 00:31 IST
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Sydney: George Bailey will make his Test debut in the opening Ashes clash against England next week while Mitchell Johnson returns to Australia's pace attack, selectors said Tuesday.

Bailey got the nod in a 12-man squad on the back of his remarkable one-day international form including the recent tour to India where he amassed 478 runs at 95.60 while also serving as captain.

"We have included George Bailey in this line-up and are excited by what he can offer at Test level," national selector John Inverarity said of the 31-year-old, ahead of the first Test in Brisbane, starting on November 21.

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