George Bailey has played in 73 ODI matches out of which 49 have been captained by him © Getty Images
George Bailey has played in 73 ODI matches out of which 49 have been captained by him © Getty Images

George Bailey was kept out for the first match of Tri-Nation series and slowly it is downing on Bailey that probably his place in Australia squad is not safe anymore, despite his huge records. Bailey holds most number of runs in ODI cricket amonst the current slot of cricketers be it skipper Steven Smith, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell or Travis Head for that matter. Bailey has played 71 ODI matches at an average of 41.63 with total runs of 2,498 with more number of fifties. He also built an impressive record since he belatedly made his international in 2012 at age of 29, he still feels his position in the squad is shaky. Full Cricket Scorecard: Australia vs West Indies, Tri-Nation Series 2016, Match 3 at Guyana

Bailey spoke to cricket.com.au and said, “I don’t think I’ve ever felt like I belong. I wish I did because it would be much more relaxing. I guess debuting at 29 I probably knew that I was only going to ever get one real crack in this team and it was important not to let anyone else have an opportunity in front of me. There’s some great players and as any player would say, all you can do is play well in the game and contribute to victories and hopefully that can keep you in the team.”

Bailey has played 70 ODI matches as to 83 matches that Australia has played and has also captained 29 games out of these. He played a vital role during Australia’s build towards World Cup at home last year. He was privileged to be captain Australia during World Cup winning campaign but also looks forward to be a full member of the squad in the Champions Trophy tournament next year.

Bailey further added, “We had a really disappointing Champions Trophy in England last time. That seems like a long time ago now and the one-day team was in a really different place to what it is now. But I feel we’ve really driven the way one-day cricket has been played around the world over the past couple of years and that’d be a great tournament to get to. But where my position is in the team, I probably can’t afford to look that far ahead. I just have to perform in every single series and if you get to have a crack in a game then make sure you do your job really well.” ALSO READ: Steven Smith and co. attend New York Mets practice ahead of West Indies tri-series

Out of the young generation squad since ICC World Cup 2015, Bailey is the oldest at the age of 33 amongst the other who are approaching the 30 mark. One definitely can ask the teammates James Faulkner and Travis Head about his fitness, who was seen sprinting football techniques on Sunday at Providence.

Bailey said, “I know that comes up a lot and it tends to be a thing in professional sport, the push to get younger players in. But the way we train and the way we prepare now, I think a guy in his mid-thirties now is probably about the same as a guy who was 30 (years old) 10 or 15 years ago. So there’s hopefully plenty of good cricket left. But for me, it’s just about enjoying it and the other things will take care of themselves.”Australia have another 28 ODIs remaining to be played until Champions Trophy next year, Bailey’s chances surely look bright.