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Bailey gets vice-captain nod for Champions Trophy

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Selectors have been impressed with Bailey’s leadership skills and hence have appointed him as Clarke’s deputy.Photo: reuters
Selectors have been impressed with Bailey’s leadership skills and hence have appointed him as Clarke’s deputy.Photo: reuters

George Bailey was on Wednesday handed the vice-captaincy of Australia’s squad for their defence of the Champions Trophy, while promising fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile won a call-up.

The eight-nation tournament starts in England next month with Bailey getting the nod as Michael Clarke’s number two in place of Shane Watson.

Watson is in the 15-man squad but opted to stand aside as vice skipper to focus on his batting and bowling, in the same way he did with the Test side for the upcoming Ashes tour of England.

There were few surprises in the squad with national selector John Inverarity previously announcing that players chosen to represent Australia A in their England tour that will run at the same time as the Champions Trophy would not be considered. This ruled out Brad Haddin, Steve Smith, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and Jackson Bird.

But several of the Ashes squad are on the team, including Clarke, Watson, David Warner, Phil Hughes, Matt Wade, Mitchell Starc and James Faulkner.

Paceman Mitchell Johnson was also selected and will have a point to prove after being left out of the Ashes reckoning.

West Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile also made the grade and will be in contention for his ODI debut in the tournament.AFP


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