The Ashes: George Bailey seeks to learn lessons ahead of Test debut

George Bailey is likely to bat at No. 6 in Brisbane and said he is contending with mixed emotions as his debut approaches.

updated: November 19, 2013 00:29 IST
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Brisbane: As George Bailey prepares to make his Test debut for Australia against England in the first Ashes cricket Test at Brisbane on Thursday, he has sought the advice of a man whose experience he hopes to understand if not emulate.

Last year, batsman Rob Quiney found himself propelled into the position Bailey now occupies. He was handed a Test debut against South Africa at Brisbane's Gabba ground at the age of 30 and, after making nine in his only innings in the first Test and a pair of ducks at Adelaide in the second, his Test career was summarily ended.

Bailey, who will make his Test debut at 31, has the advantage over Quiney in that he is already established in international cricket as Australia's occasional one-day captain, a veteran of 35 one-day and 19 Twenty20 internationals.

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