TASMANIAN coach Dan Marsh believes his captain George Bailey's Ashes hopes have been hit by the decision to name Australia's squad nine days out from the opening Test.
Cricket Australia's choice to announce its squad on November 12 means Bailey and other Test batting prospects currently on the limited-overs tour to India will have just one Sheffield Shield match to press their claims for a Baggy Green.
Asked if this hampers Bailey's case, Marsh said: ``Definitely it does.
``He would have liked three or four Shield games under his belt but won't get them because he's in the national one-day side, so it's a question of whether they reward one-day involvement or Shield performances.
``He's only got one game to prove himself but they're really impressed with his one-day stuff and if they're prepared to take a punt he's a really good chance.''
Marsh said the former South Launceston batsman had become a bit of a victim of his own success but would be a worthy of a call-up to the Gabba Test on November 21.
``I would have him in at six.
``He is a realistic option for Test cricket.
``He's got experience at international level and the beauty of George is every time he's gone up a level he's done well.
``He did it with the national Twenty20 side and then the one-day team and I know Test cricket is a lot harder but I think he's got the mental capacity to cope with that.''
Already the national T20 captain, Bailey has filled in for the injured Michael Clarke as ODI skipper and was man-of-the-match with 85 runs in Monday's defeat of India.
``I would've loved him to get a hundred but it was good that he got another big score and he did another good job with the captaincy.''
Players on the Indian tour are not due to return until November 3, meaning Bailey will be eligible to play in the Shield match against Queensland three days later.