Bailey to retire before becoming selector

Scott Bailey
George Bailey will retire before becoming a national selector

Cricket Australia will steer clear of having a player-selector, with George Bailey to retire from the game in February before officially joining the national panel.

Bailey was on Wednesday confirmed as the country's next selector, set to join Trevor Hohns and coach Justin Langer in one of the toughest jobs in the country.

But while it was initially thought he would juggle the role with his playing duties for Tasmania, the veteran will retire from elite cricket after this summer's Big Bash.

In the meantime, he will act as an advisor to both Langer and Hohns as well as performance manager Ben Oliver.

"I am passionate about the long-term success of the Australian cricket team and advancing the cause of Australian cricket in general," Bailey said.

"I have been fortunate enough to contribute as a player for quite a few years, and to now have the opportunity to continue in the role of selector is a tremendous honour."

It's understood CA had discussed with Bailey whether he was set to retire at the end of the BBL or Sheffield Shield season as they discussed the full-time selector role.

Given the short time period between now and his retirement, the interim role of an advisor was preferred for the next two months.

Australia have not previously had a player-selector from outside the national team, and CA thanked Tasmania for allowing him to move into the role.

A similar push from Hohns to make Darren Lehmann a player-selector during his playing career was previously knocked back by the board in 2007.

A former captain of Australia's one-day and Twenty20 teams, His appointment had the support of both Tim Paine and Aaron Finch this week.

NSW consultant and former Australian quick Geoff Lawson, who was another candidate for the position, had earlier this week questioned whether Bailey could both play and be a selector at once.

"George Bailey is an outstanding person and cricket person," Lawson said on Fox Sports.

"If they are going to pick a player, he is the guy. But you can't pick a current player as a national selector.

"I knew he was in the running. I just assumed he would have to retire ... This is as weird as it gets."

Bailey won the role after the other leading contender, Michael Klinger, opted to take the BBL coaching job at Finch's Melbourne Renegades.

The 37-year-old Tasmanian played five Tests, 90 ODIs and 30 T20s for Australia in an international career that spanned five-and-a-half years.