Born on September 7, 1982, George John Bailey is an Australian Right Handed Cricketer who was born in Launceston, Tasmania in Australia. He is also called as ‘Smiling Assassin’ as he smiles a lot. George has been the captain of the Australian national cricket team in Twenty20 International in 2012. He has also been the Vice-Captain of the Australian national team in the One Day International previously in 2013 for the International Cricket World Cup series.
George Bailey was the second ever Australian Cricket player who had been a captain of the Australian National Cricket team without having played any international game before. George Bailey had a sports background as he was the great-great-grandson of George Herbert Bailey, who had represented Tasmania in 15 first-class matches as well as the great-grandson of Keith Bailey who played two first-class matches.
George Bailey went to Launceston Church Grammar School and he was also the captain of the school. He graduated from his school in the year 2000. He studies Business Management at the University of Tasmania and completed his bachelor’s in 2016 with a Management Certificate. He is pursuing his Post graduation in Business Administration at the University of Tasmania.
George Bailey started off in domestic cricket as a destructive striker. He played as an under 19 player for South Launceston Cricket Club. He was selected to play for Tasmania in 2005-2006 when some of the regular players were injured and later he went on to score three centuries in the season because of which he was again invited in the academy.
Yet another highlight was when he scored 136 runs in 65 balls against Zimbabwe Board XI, which also led him playing for Australia against All-Star team in the All Star Twenty20 match in 2009, where he gave some of his best performances over the whole season.
He was chosen as a captain of the Australian Team in Sheffield Shield title against New South Wales in the 2009-2010 season and won. In 2012 he was chosen to play for Melbourne Stars for the first season of the Big Bash League and he scored 114 runs at an average of 19 for them.
In 2010, George Bailey was called to play a One-Day International in New Zealand as a replacement for Michael Clarke when he opted out due to some personal reasons. Although he made his international debut in 2012 subsequently and that too as a captain when Australia played a Twenty2- against India. On September 7, 2014, George Bailey resigned as a captain of the Australian T20I team as he wanted to focus on One Day International World Cup.
He also played in the Indian Premier League for teams like Chennai Super King and Kings XI Punjab where he held the position of captain for two years. In 2016 he was not sold at the auction and eventually replaces Faf Du Plessis due to his finger injury for the new team Rising Pune Supergiants.
George Bailey played 5 test matches in which he scored 183 runs with an average of 26.14 and having a one-half century. His top score in the tests is 53 runs and he took 10 catches. He played 90 One Day International scoring 3044 runs with an average of 40.58 scoring three centuries and 33 half centuries. He had a top score of 156 runs taking 48 catches.
He also played 125 First Class cricket scoring 8091 runs at an average of 39.85 with 19 centuries and 42 half-centuries and a top score of 160 not out. He was a captain for 29 One Day International matches out of which he won 16 matches and lost 10 with 3 of them being ties.
George Bailey Net Worth
George Bailey’s Retainer fees is Australian $900,000. His One Day International fees is Australian $ 7,000, his T20 match fees is Australian $5,000 and his test fees is Australian $14,000. George Bailey also plays in Indian Premier League where he earns a lot more. The base price of George Bailey is 2 crore Indian Rupees in the Indian Premier League Auction in which he is generally sold out at an average of 8 crore Indian Rupees. His net worth is estimated to be $5 Million US dollars as of 2017 based upon his endorsements as well.
George Bailey is known for his smile, thus the nickname ‘Smiling Assassin’. You can see him smile even in the most stressful situation. However tough the situation may be, just by seeing him one feels some sort of relief. The world is expecting to see this awesome person for another couple of years killing it on the field.