Grange old boy George Bailey set to face England in Ashes

George Bailey (Getty Images)
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Former Grange cricket pro George Bailey was today named in Australia’s squad for next week’s opening Ashes Test against England in Brisbane.

The 31-year-old batsman, who had stints as Scotland’s overseas ‘hired hand’ in both 2007 and 2010, is expected to fill a vacancy at No. 6 in the order.

Bailey steps up for a likely Test debut on the back of some heavy scoring in Australia’s last two one-day international series in England, and especially India, where he averaged 95.6 runs per innings.

“I’m as excited as anyone to find out how I measure up,” said Bailey, adding: “I’ll just give it the best that I’ve got.”

Selector John Inverarity said of the Tasmanian: “We have included George Bailey in this line-up and are excited by what he can offer at Test level.

“George has shown outstanding international form over the past 20 months, including the recent limited-overs series in India. He is calm and composed and comes into the squad full of confidence.”

Aussie coach Darren Lehmann added: “He’s exciting and he’s in good form, he’ll get his chance to have a real crack at it in the first few Test matches and I’m sure he’ll do well.”