Bailey keen to do a Warner to realise Ashes dream

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 07:10 hrs

Australian batsman George Bailey is keen to follow David Warner's footsteps and use his blazing limited-overs form to force his way into the Test team with an eye on the all important Ashes series.

Disregarded for the upcoming tour of India, Bailey can continue to put his name up in lights in Wednesday's one-day international with the West Indies at Manuka Oval, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Bailey is coming off a stunning unbeaten 125 in Perth, single-handedly steering Australia from 6-98 to what proved to be a match-winning total of 7-266.

Bailey didn't make the cut for the 17-man squad for the four-Test series in India, with national selectors preferring spin-bowling all-rounder Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja as the reserve batsmen.

Bailey has received the tick of approval from Australian batting coach Dean Jones, while Warner's rapid rise into the five-day format on the back of Twenty20 and 50-over form proves limited-overs form can count in Test selection.

Bailey is hoping that's the case as his one-day games are limiting his chances to push his claims in the Sheffield Shield.

Bailey said because once you're playing in this one-day side you miss Shield games so you don't get that opportunity that others have to push your red-ball form.

The Australian Twenty20 captain added as a batsman, it's a really simple equation i.e. you just score enough runs so the selectors are forced to pick you.

Bailey further said the challenge for him is to make the most of the opportunities in the one-day side, adding hopefully if an opportunity does arise, he is in the right place at the right time.

Bailey further added he would love to play any format, anywhere in the world, adding the Ashes would be really special and this Indian series is big. (ANI)

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