Sydney, May 8 (ANI): Australia's Cullen Bailey is hoping to recast himself as a batting all rounder in a bid to return to first-class ranks.
Bailey, once touted by Shane Warne as potential Test leg-spinner, was cut from the SA Cricket Association contract list last month after nine seasons. It came on the back of playing sparingly for the Redbacks in recent summers as Dan Cullen, Nathan Lyon or Johan Botha held the No. 1 tweaker's mantle, reports News.com.au.
The 28-year-old had expected the axing.
Bailey said he was training hard, but couldn't get a game. He said he has spent a lot of time refining his batting. He added that the reality is that SA batters have struggled consistently for the last 10 years, so there's definitely a vacancy in the top six.
Bailey said after scoring 471 runs at 42.82 for Glenelg in grade cricket this past season, his best chance for being selected again for his state was as a batsman. His aim now is to score a mountain of runs for Glenelg and a new Premier League team next summer.
Bailey grew up idolising Warne and spent many nights impersonating him in his backyard. By February 2006, his leg-spin had caught Warne's eye, who called him a "potential Test leggie".
Despite earning a Cricket Australia contract in 2007-08, the closest Bailey came to becoming a spinner at the highest level was a handful of matches for Australia A.
Bailey said he never produced enough consistently on the first-class stage to warrant playing for Australia. (ANI)