George Bailey stance: Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain compare former Australian captain’s stance to Fawad Alam

Dixit Bhargav
|Published 23/08/2020

George Bailey stance: The former Australian captain’s stance was being discussed after watching Pakistan’s Fawad Alam bat.

Veteran Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam’s unusual batting stance has fetched him plentiful eyeballs upon his Test comeback after 11 years. Pakistan’s domestic stalwart adopting a complete overhaul in his batting stance has once again brought on the table conversations of batsmen with similar stances.

While one remembers many such batsmen with peculiar batting stances, former West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul remains the most successful one in Test cricket till date.

Alam, who is currently batting on 5* (28) in a situation where Pakistan have been reduced to 41/4 whilst chasing a first-inning score of 583, will have to be part of something quintessentially magical for his team to save the match in cloudy conditions against an in-form English bowling lineup.

While only time will tell how well Alam does individually, he will surely entertain the viewers whom he has left astonished with his stance since the previous Test match for whatever time he remains in the middle.

George Bailey stance

Meanwhile, Alam’s stance reminded former England captains and current commentators in Michael Atherton and Nasser Hussain of former Australia captain George Bailey.

Having retired from all forms of cricket to become an Australian national selector, Bailey had led Australia in 57 out of his 120 white-ball matches. While the right-hand batsman supported a textbook-like stance for most part of his career, the last few years nearly saw him not watching the bowler in his run-up.

A video from last season of the Sheffield Shield witnesses Bailey almost showing his back to the bowler during a Tasmania vs Victoria match in Hobart.

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Dixit Bhargav

Dixit Bhargav

Born and brought up in Pathankot, Dixit Bhargav is an engineering and sports management graduate who is currently into his fifth year as a Cricket Editor at The SportsRush. His first cricketing memory dates back to 2002 when former India captain Sourav Ganguly had waved his jersey at the historic Lord’s balcony. What followed for an 8-year-old was an instant adulation for both Ganguly and the sport. The optimist in him is waiting for the day when Punjab Kings will win their maiden Indian Premier League title. When not watching cricket, he is mostly found in a cinema hall watching a Punjabi movie.

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