Faulkner set to edge out Bailey

ADELAIDE _  Launceston's loss could be Launceston's gain at Adelaide Oval. 

Australia is weighing up whether to drop one-Test batsman George Bailey for one-Test wonder James Faulkner for Thursday's second Ashes Test. 

Bailey is facing pressure to hold his spot amid speculation one Launceston product could be making way for another on a docile Adelaide drop-in pitch where an extra all-rounder would be valuable. 

``No idea. If they did I'm sure it would just be a conditions thing and if they did, that would be fine,'' Bailey said yesterday. 

The humble Bailey scored three and 34 on debut in Australia's  381-run in last month's Gabba Test. Australia  is expecting Adelaide to offer reverse swing and slow turn rather than the pace and bounce of Brisbane. 

This means Faulkner, a 23-year-old paceman who claimed 6-98 and scored 45 runs at The Oval in August 2013, may have the all round game to tip his Tassie teammate out of the side. 

Bailey, who has captained Australia at one-day and Twenty20 levels, felt genuinely nervous at the Gabba. 

``It goes a little bit slower, coming up from Sheffield Shield. It felt like it was longer between balls and longer between overs,'' Bailey said. 

A keen observer of all around him, Bailey went to school from his vantage point under the lid. 

``Spending a bit of time at short leg you're looking at how the other guys take their time to face up,'' the 31-year-old said. 

``That was probably the big learning curve for me, getting the tempo right.'' 

Bailey felt more comfortable as the game went on. But maybe that was because Australia was in a winning position. 

``The more you do it, the more comfortable you get,'' he said. 

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