Ian Chappell feels Ashes call for George Bailey would be bad decision
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell hopes selectors ignore calls for George Bailey to be named in their Ashes squad.
Last Updated: 03/11/13 5:52pm
Bailey, until now, has been widely regarded as a limited overs specialist but his form for Hampshire in the County Championship and the recent one-day series against India has him knocking at the door of a Test berth.
He will head straight into four-day action for Tasmania against Queensland in midweek, opting not to take the option to rest for the second round of Sheffield Shield games to hone his skills against the red ball.
Bailey has been the subject of a number of positive articles in recent weeks, with most having pencilled him in for Australia's troublesome No 6 role, but Chappell says selectors need to look elsewhere and ignore performances he feels do not paint the full picture of his talent.
In a column for Sydney's Sunday Telegraph, he wrote: "A selector has to look past the number of runs and see the batsmanship.
"Bailey, despite his mountain of runs in one-day cricket, is a batsman who's restricted through the cover region, can be stifled by good spinners and is troubled by well-directed short-pitched bowling.
"His moderate first-class record and those limitations are not a good template for a Test batsman.
"Facing a quality England attack on bouncy Australian pitches is a far cry from what Bailey has been relishing in India.
"Batting on pitches that bowlers find as helpful as a Parisian asked for directions in English and against an Indian attack more benevolent than the Bill Gates Foundation, has little bearing on what's looming at the Gabba and beyond.
"There's also a chasm of difference between batting against a pedestrian attack hoping to contain and top-class bowling predators seeking wickets with field placings to reflect those widely varying approaches.
"The Australian selectors have to ignore the clamouring from a Board and a public that are desperate for victory over England and choose a combination that gives the side their best chance of winning."