George Bailey an intelligent cricketer, says MS Dhoni

Indian captain MS Dhoni feels Australia’s T20 captain George Bailey is an intelligent cricketer who understands the game well Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Sydney: Jan 31, 2012

Indian captain MS Dhoni feels his Chennai Super Kings teammate, George Bailey who has been appointed Australia’s new T20 captain is an intelligent cricketer who understands the game well.

Dhoni said, “He (Bailey) is an interesting character, he plays good cricket, he’s someone who can play his strokes, he’s very intelligent and understands the game well. He’s a really good character to have.”

The Indian captain said the Indian team will expect a tough challenge from the 40-year old Brad Hogg who will be making a comeback to international cricket.

Dhoni was quoted by Times of India as saying, “Brad’s an experienced guy and what we have seen is spinners are wily, the more they age the better they get.

“He’s also someone who has done well in the T20 locally over here so it’ll be a nice contest between the youngsters and him.”

Bailey, who will be making an international debut in any form of cricket, said he is excited to lead the national team in T20 cricket.

He said, “When you play, you’re just out there playing,” the Tasmania captain said. “I am debuting, but ever since I captained Tasmania, in most games I’ve gone out there whether I’m captain or not thinking like a captain.”

“Mainly it’s been about getting round to the bowlers that I haven’t met as much and learning about their games, working out what they need as well.

“I’m just really excited to be here, to be leading it and hopefully continuing on the great form and the great start to the summer that Australia have had.”