Cricket has the history of producing unorthodox bowlers with the likes of Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah, Paul Adams, among others mesmerizing the world with their mystery and unique talent.
However, among the unorthodox batsmen, the biggest name which comes to everyone’s mind is none other than the West Indian legend Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who used to face the bowlers with a rather bizarre stance. Recently, another batsman draws the attention of the cricketing fraternity as he pulls off a stance akin to the left-handed Chanderpaul.
During a Sheffield Shield match in Australia, Tasmania captain George Bailey batted with a weird looking stance against New South Wales. Since Bailey bats with the right hand, he appeared to be the right-handed version of southpaw Chanderpaul. Interestingly, Bailey batted with similar stance during Australia’s last year’s ODI series against New Zealand. Though back then, he didn’t manage to score many runs, this time he was able to make the most of it on his way to a fifty.
Isnthis the weirdest you've seen ? What if @BrettLee_58 was bowling ?— Jitendra Soni (@jdsoni7) December 6, 2017
I'm sure he would had a neck pain by end of the innings. :)
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People found it unconventional but it didn’t bother Bailey as the Tasmania skipper continued his good form and scored 71 runs which helped his team to register a 10-wicket victory against the dominant New South Wales unit.
As far as Bailey’s international career is concerned – the 35-year-old has played 5 Tests and 90 ODIs for Australia, scoring 183 and 3044 runs respectively. The ever so smiling Bailey averaged a miserable 26.14 in Test cricket, however, he proved his mettle in ODI cricket with an average of 40.58. Moreover, George also scored 473 T20I runs at an average of 24.89 in 30 matches.