Sussex sign George Bailey for NatWest T20 Blast

George Bailey, seen here in action for Australia, is currently captaining the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL (Getty Images)
George Bailey, seen here in action for Australia, is currently captaining the Kings XI Punjab in the IPL (Getty Images)

Sussex have pulled off another major coup and are delighted to announce that Australia’s George Bailey will be their overseas player for the second half of this season’s NatWest T20 Blast campaign.

The top-order batsman will be available for the final seven NatWest T20 Blast matches and Sussex’s Royal London One-Day Cup games, taking over from Sri Lankan Mahela Jayawardene who will be with the Sharks for the first seven games.

Bailey is an Australian international captain and the 32 year-old boasts a wealth of experience in one-day cricket, and indeed the shortest format in which he has played 28 times for his country. He has featured over 50 times for Australia in ODI cricket, scoring over 2000 runs and averaging 42.02.

Bailey said of his move to Sussex, “I’m delighted that I will be heading to Hove to represent Sussex this English summer. I really enjoyed my time in the county game in 2013 with Hampshire and I am looking forward to testing myself once more in one of the toughest domestic cricket environments.

“I have heard excellent things about the set-up at Sussex and we have a really exciting squad that I believe can mount title challenges in all formats in 2015.”

Sussex’s Professional Cricket Manager Mark Robinson said, “The whole club is really excited at the prospect of George joining us. He is obviously a fantastic one-day player and is also a World Cup winner and international captain which will only add to our dressing room.”