Bailey ready for IPL chance
Tasmanian George Bailey is fully aware of the opportunities available in the lucrative Indian Premier League.
Having watched Australian one-day opener Shaun Marsh launch his international career from the tournament, the classy Tassie middle-order batsman is hoping to do the same.
Marsh was the leading run scorer in last year's first IPL season, scoring 616 runs at 68.44 and has since cemented his spot at the top of the national line-up.
Now Bailey, who alongside super-slinger Shaun Tait were the only two new Aussies to be selected in last Friday's second auction, has the chance to further enhance his growing reputation.
The Tasmanian will head to Chennai at the start of April to join the likes of M.S. Dhoni, Andrew Flintoff, Albie Morkel, Stephen Fleming and countrymen Matthew Hayden and Michael Hussey.
The Super Kings finished runner-up to Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals last year.
Bailey has already been on the radar for higher honours after being selected on the Australia A tour of India earlier this season.
And after scoring a classy century and picking up man-of-the-match honours for the Prime Minister's XI against New Zealand two weeks ago, his stocks continue to soar.
"I've got no doubt looking at it and obviously with Stephen Fleming there [at the PM's XI match], I think someone has been in touch with him," Bailey said yesterday.
"I had a lot of contact with two teams and was expecting if I was going to go, it would be to one of them.
"I had no correspondence with Chennai, so it was a bit of shock and I had to wait to hear from them.
"Just the opportunity to get involved and work with the calibre of people that are there will be excellent.
"Shaun Marsh really launched his career having such a successful IPL tournament, it gave him his opportunity with the Australian side."