Former Aussie skipper George Bailey has chosen family over county cricket after deciding not to return to Hampshire due to his family commitments. Bailey’s wife Katie is due to give birth o their 2nd child at the end of April. He has opted out of returning to England where he captained Hampshire last year. Bailey didn’t put his name forward for the IPL Auctions. He jokingly said that the addition to his family might bring two options to his life either the IPL Auctions or divorce.
Bailey has decided to stay with her family instead of remaining in the wings during the twilight of his career. “I reckon there would have been a time where I would have chosen cricket over family,” he told cricket.com.au after he was named Australia’s Domestic Player of the Year on Monday night.
“But now it’s not even a decision, really. I love spending time with my family and I think it’s had a really positive impact on my cricket. I wouldn’t advocate that for 24-year-olds, that’s just where I am and it’s working out really well.”
Bailey stated that he only has a glimmer of hope of playing for Australia again. He says that the promise of a brighter future. He further stated that the driver of a bright future has encouraged him to continue playing cricket despite having slim chances of representing Australia again.
“Your motivation changes, there’s no doubt,” he says. “Your drive for a long time is to play for your country.The fact is (playing) is still so much fun. The flip side is going to work somewhere where (you don’t have) that challenge and passion. Your worst days are so frustrating, but that’s what makes your great days so good.
“I can honestly see a really great horizon coming. I don’t think I’ll be there for the greatest years of Tassie’s renaissance, but I want to be there for long enough to make an impact.”
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