Bailey ready for season ahead

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George Bailey is ready for the challenge of a chilly Ageas Bowl debut.

The Australia international will make his Hampshire bow tomorrow after the coldest pre-season he can remember.

CHALLENGE George Bailey is determined to make a fast start to his Hampshire career despite the freezing temperatures. Picture: Robin Jones

CHALLENGE George Bailey is determined to make a fast start to his Hampshire career despite the freezing temperatures. Picture: Robin Jones

Although he only arrived on the south coast last week, the 30-year-old batsman has already endured freezing temperatures and trained in the snow.

But he is determined to battle the cold to make a flying start to his Hampshire career.

‘I arrived last week, so I’m just starting to settle in,’ he said.

‘The weather was a bit of a shock – I’ve never stood there while it is snowing to then go and train in it.

‘That was a bit of a shock to the system but it is balmy out there now!

‘Whether you are playing in really hot or really cold weather, it is as much a mental challenge as anything.

‘You have to just make sure you are still doing the right things – even though they may be a little uncomfortable.’

Bailey, who has 37 limited overs international caps, will feature for Australia in the Champions Trophy in June – but is otherwise available all summer.