May 012013

George Bailey admits to difficulty in format changes and Mitch Marsh is included in the ICC Champions trophy squad.

George Bailey, the Australian T20 Captain and now ODI vice captain admitted yesterday that he has struggled with his form in all three aspects of the game.

With so much international and domestic cricket occurring there is more pressure for cricketers to perform in all three forms of the game, but this can be difficult, it is hard to jump from one twenty over game to a test match.

Bailey stated “I struggled at different times with switching back through the formats, that’s not an excuse, because I think every modern-day cricketer has to make those changes pretty regularly, but I didn’t adjust to it very well.”

Bailey’s performances for the Australian T20 and ODI teams however have had an effect on his Sheffield Shield performances. The batsman who had one of the highest run scores for the ODI team over the summer had a lackluster domestic season, particularly in the longer form of the game, the Sheffield Shield tournament.

Mitchell Marsh was the surprise call up at the Australian National Selection Panel’s announcement of the Australian ICC Champions Trophy Squad yesterday.

The rest of the team was relatively predictable, with many of the more popular cricketers missing out due to the ashes and Australia A tour of the UK.  Mitchell Marsh has been included.

Nathan Coulter-Nile was also a surprise call up, and is the only uncapped player to be named in the squad, mainly due to the injury of Ben Cutting who had only players three ODI’s for Australia but due to a groin injury has not appeared in the team since the end of the 2012-2013 season.

Australian ICC Champions Trophy Squad: Michael Clarke (C), George Bailey (VC), David Warner, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Adam Voges, Matthew Wade, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, James Faulkner, Xavier Doherty, Clint McKay, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile.

Credits: EspnCricinfo (Quotes and Image) 

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