Dhoni relishing the prospect of facing Bailey and Brad Hogg – Cricket News Update
Gearing to take the Australians in the shorter version of the game, Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni expects a tough battle against a newly comprised Aussie T20 outfit.
It includes a change in leadership which sees George Bailey being installed as the new T20 captain after an altogether omission for Cameron White.
The transformation in chain of command has baffled many but Bailey is convinced in his capabilities to take the T20 side forward and ensure that they become a major force before the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka later in the year.
Dhoni, who was banned from the final Test match at Adelaide is expected to resume his duties as the Indian skipper, was not entirely surprised by the Kangaroos’ selection of making his Chennai Super Kings teammate, the new leader of the side despite the Tasmanian yet to make an appearance for the national team.
"He's an interesting character, he plays good cricket, he's someone who can play his strokes, he's very intelligent and understands the game well," Dhoni said of Bailey."He's a really good character to have."
The T20 bouts, which will begin from Feb 1st will also see veteran spinner, Brad Hogg, making a comeback to the Australian team after a gap of three and a half years. The 40-year-old was in sparkling form in the recently concluded KFG Big Bash League, leading the Perth Scorchers to the finals of the inaugural tournament.
His revival has been one of the prime stories, where the spin bowler admitted that he is keen to make the most of his deserved opportunities - further relishing the chance of carrying on at least until the T20 World Cup.
The Indian skipper also was keen to lock horns against his old Aussie rival, claiming that the younger lot will savour the battles with Hogg.
"Brad's an experienced guy and what we have seen is spinners are wily, the more they age the better they get," Dhoni said. "He's also someone who has done well in the T20 locally over here so it'll be a nice contest between the youngsters and him."