Bailey talks up honour

02 October 2018 06:15:38 EST

Ex-Australia batsman George Bailey says it is a privilege to captain the Prime Minister's XI versus South Africa later this month.

Bailey, 36, currently leads both Tasmania and Hobart Hurricanes in domestic cricket down under and has been selected to front what is expected to be a youthful invitational XI in a floodlit one-day contest in Canberra on October 31.

"I've been fortunate enough to represent the Prime Minister's XI on a couple of occasions during my career, and now to captain the team is a real privilege," said Bailey.

"Over the years, the match has provided an opportunity for some of Australia's best emerging players to test their skills against a quality international side, and I'm sure this year will be no different.

"I'm looking forward to working with the players who get that chance this year, and taking on South Africa in front of a big crowd at Manuka Oval."

Greg Chappell, Cricket Australia's national selector and national talent manager, said: "George is an outstanding leader who thoroughly deserves this honour, and we are thrilled that he will captain the Prime Minister's XI against South Africa this summer.

"He has a wealth of captaincy experience at international and domestic level, and continues the tradition of highly respected Australian cricketers leading this team. We anticipate the squad will, as in previous years, have a mix of experienced players and some exciting young talent, and know George will do a great job as captain."

Bailey is a former Australia captain in white-ball cricket, who won more than 100 caps.

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