India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes George Bailey is the right choice to lead the Aussies in the shortest format of the game.
“He’s an interesting character; he plays good cricket,” said Dhoni, who plays alongside Tasmanian Bailey in the Indian Premier League with the Chennai Super Kings.
“He’s someone who can play his strokes. He’s very intelligent and understands the game well.
“He’s a really good character to have.”
Bailey, who will play his first match for Australia in any form of the game, believes his three years as the Tigers captain has prepared him well for taking on India.
“I haven’t thought that much about it,” Bailey said.
“When you play, you’re just out there playing. I am debuting but ever since I captained Tasmania, in most games I’ve gone out there whether I’m captain or not thinking like a captain.
“I’m always thinking about fields or bowlers or whatnot. Once you’ve been captaining for a certain period of time that’s just how you think about the game.”
“In terms of preparing it’s the same sort of thing, you’re preparing to play personally.
“Mainly it’s been about getting round to the bowlers that I haven’t met as much and learning about their games, working out what they need as well.
“I’m just really excited to be here, to be leading it and hopefully continuing on the great form and the great start to the summer that Australia have had.”
Dhoni feels it would be a good contest between India’s youngsters and veteran left-arm spinner Brad Hogg after the 40-year-old’s recall to Australia’s T20 squad.
“Brad’s an experienced guy and what we have seen is spinners are wily. The more they age, the better they get,” Dhoni said.
“He’s also someone who has done well in the T20 locally over here. So it’ll be a nice contest between the youngsters and him.”