Bailey, Paine in mock selector interview

Murray Wenzel
Tasmanian cricket stalwart George Bailey is contention for national selector duties

Australian captain Tim Paine has done his best to prepare long-time state teammate George Bailey for the vacant national selector job, revealing the pair held a mock interview in the dressing room during a Sheffield Shield game.

Bailey, still playing for Tasmania this season, appears to be in a battle with fellow domestic stalwart Michael Klinger to join Trevor Hohns and Justin Langer on a three-man panel.

The pair were both in Brisbane for interviews on Sunday, a broad-smiling Bailey cutting a relaxed figure - one he perhaps had Paine to thank for - ahead of his sit-down with Cricket Australia's top brass.

"In last week's Shield game he was batting at five, I was batting at seven, so we were both sitting in the change rooms and set up a mock interview," Paine said on ABC radio.

"He's ready to go so hopefully he gets the nod, I think he'd be ideal."

Bailey is contracted to Tasmania and the Hobart Hurricanes until the end of this season, but his playing commitments are reportedly not seen as a barrier.

Cricket Australia boss Kevin Roberts hopes to confirm the announcement within a week.

Roberts said CA had received plenty of humours applications after posting the job vacancy online, but that they had also been impressed with the findings of their search.

"Ben Oliver (high performance boss) to his credit has worked through a really good series of discussions with potential candidates and it has really opened our eyes," Roberts said on SEN radio.