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'WHITEWASH WIZARD' BAILEY JOKES ABOUT ASHES RECALL

George Bailey's five Test caps all came during the 2013-14 hammering of England

George Bailey might refer to himself as the 'Whitewash Wizard' but the Aussie veteran isn't expecting a surprise Ashes recall this week.

Bailey's five Test caps for Australia all came during the 2013-14 demolition of England, with the Tasmanian returning 183 runs in the series.

A timely century for his state against Victoria in the Sheffield Shield this week, amid intense speculation on who is going to fill the number six role in the Aussies' batting line-up this winter, might have brought some to suggest the 35-year-old could be an option.

But Bailey, as ever, took a light-hearted view of proceedings.

"I think anyone who has scored 40 or 50 over the last couple of weeks has had their name bandied in the paper but I just had to get myself up to number three today – the 'whitewash wizard' as I refer to myself," he joked.

George Bailey has joked about an Ashes recall

"I would have thought I was a lock for the Gabba Test given that no one has really put their hand up. 

"I am the only bloke left who really knows how to absolutely demolish them [England] who is not already in that Test team.

"The phone is on – I am expecting 'Boof' [Darren Lehmann] and 'Cracker' [Trevor Hohns] to probably call tonight."

Glenn Maxwell, Hilton Cartwright and Shaun Marsh are widely considered to be the three men vying for the number six role, though another option could be Western Australia opener Cameron Bancroft, who turned his overnight 161 not out into a double century against South Australia at the WACA on Tuesday.

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