8:28am Tuesday 5th February 2013
GEORGE Bailey has conceded that he will always be under pressure to produce in the Australian one-day team.
The 30-year-old batsman, who joins Hampshire for the 2013 season, struck a superb maiden one day international century against the West Indies in Perth on Sunday.
His unbeaten 125 off 110 balls, including 10 fours and four sixes, has no doubt whetted the appetite of Hampshire supporters.
But Bailey, his country’s t20 skipper, is under no illusions.
Australia’s selectors had come under heavy criticism from some quarters for selecting Bailey, pictured, as the t20 captain and also including him in the 50-over set-up and he said: “I don’t think I’ll ever be a good enough cricketer to not have my place under pressure in the Australian cricket team.
“I don’t think I’ll ever be a Mike Hussey or a Ricky Ponting.
He added: “Part of playing in the Australian cricket team is that you’re under pressure every time you play.”
Bailey and James Faulkner rescued Australia from 98-6 in Perth with a century stand as the hosts piled up 266.
“I sorted my feet out around the 48th over and then I started to hit a few off the middle,” Bailey said. “It was a bit of a battle early because there is a little bit in that WACA wicket, so it was tough.”
Having eclipsed his previous highest score for Australia, 89, Bailey let loose, bringing up his maiden century with a towering six off Kemar Roach and plundering three sixes, a four and a two in Dwayne Bravo’s final over.
Bailey has 595 runs from 18 ODI at 37.2, and is second in the list of Australia’s runscorers since the end of February 2012. The only batsman with more runs is David Warner.
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