Bailey wants to stick around
George Bailey was happy to take the plaudits after his maiden ODI century for Australia - and insists there is nothing wrong with aiming to be a match-winner.
The Australian T20 captain has been criticised for his form earlier this summer, but came up with the perfect riposte in Sunday's one-day clash at the WACA Ground.
He smashed 125 off 110 balls to lift Australia to a 54-run win over West Indies. It put the hosts 2-0 up in the one-day series, and left the 30-year-old planning some repeat performances.
Bailey's star innings rescued the side from 6-90 and lifted them to 7-266. He now averages 45 at a strike rate of 81.2 from his 20 ODIs, and suggested he could go on to fill Australia's need for a middle-order batsman who can win matches.
"I'd love to make it my position, and make it my position for many years," said Bailey. "One of the things I do pride myself on is the fact that I can assess the situation pretty well and come up with a reasonable plan to suit the team.
"One of the things I always spoke about with (former batting coach) Justin Langer was that being part of the Australian team is not about making contributions, but making match-winning contributions and being able to turn the game."
As the sides prepare for Wednesday's third clash of the season at Manuka Oval in Canberra, West Indies will need to come up with an effective plan to combat Mitchell Starc.
The left-arm paceman has taken taken 10 wickets in the series already, following up Friday's return of 5-20 with 5-32 in Sunday's win.
Australia are 8/1 to win the Ashes series and England can be backed at 1/20. England are 1/1000 to retain the Ashes.
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