Calcutta: George Bailey would be creating history when he takes the field for the first Twenty20 international against India on Wednesday. The Tasmanian skipper would become the first Australian after Dave Gregory in 135 years of international cricket to be chosen as a captain first and cricketer second, according to reports in The Daily Telegraph.
I really havent thought that much about it, Bailey said of his unique place in history. When youre out there youre just playing.
Im always thinking about fields or bowlers or what not. Once youve been captaining for a certain period of time thats just how you think about the game.
The debutant, however, has vowed to continue the momentum of Australias Test domination.
When youre playing for your country, I dont think youll take it easy... Every game is about having your foot on their throat, he said at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday.
Although its a different format, I think its important to continue the momentum of the Test team, not only in the cricket they play but also the standards theyre setting off the field, the way theyre training and the great feel around the group, he added.
Bailey, also, doesnt intend to offer any concessions to Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was his captain in the IPL while playing for the Chennai Super Kings.
I dont think well be making any concessions. Im looking forward to saying good day to him but hopefully thats at the end of the game and hes saying well done Bails, well played. Thats as far as that goes, Bailey said.
The Tasmanian said despite the fewer number of matches in the Twenty20 format, the two sides know each other pretty well.
We had a little chat before about a lot of their players and nearly everyone in that room has played at some stage with those Indian players. Weve seen a lot of them over the years and theyre probably feeling the exact same way. Thats been one of the great things about the IPL, he said.
Theres probably not as many secrets there as you would like between two international teams but what you have is healthy respect for how one another plays and a real knowledge for the contest youre about to be in.
Bailey wants to bring the influence of the seniors into the Twenty20 squad as well.
Weve spoken about the great energy that theyve provided and the great start and feeling among that group. They feel like theyve set a real standard and weve talked about that as a Twenty20 group as well, allowing the one-day side to have that feeling when they get together as well.
Incidentally, Veteran pace spearhead Brett Lee obviously figures high in Baileys sense of estimation.
I think his numbers of the most recent Big Bash were outstanding especially for someone who bowls in key periods at the top in that powerplay and then in death.
He embraces that role as the frontline leading fast bowler in our team and his experience is outstanding. The thing I love about him is how competitive he is. He just loves the contest and loves to lead from the front.
On the challenges that lie ahead for him, both as captain and batsman, he said, In terms of preparing its the same sort of thing, youre preparing to play personally, before admitting: Im nervous about both [captaincy and debut].