Bailey's big cash league

GEORGE Bailey is in the money as well as the runs as news of a major Ashes-winning bonus emerges the day after the Tasmanian batsman guided his team into the lucrative Champions League tournament.

Australia's cricketers have earned a bonus of nearly $1 million for their annihilation of England this summer, and as a key contributor across all three formats and having captained in two, Bailey can be assured of a healthy boost to his bank balance.

This follows the Longford 31-year-old leading the Hobart Hurricanes into the Big Bash League final and with it a berth at the Champions League, where the best T20 teams in the world compete for a share of $US6 million and the winners claim $2.5 million.

Bailey played in all five Test matches as Michael Clarke's team produced a clean sweep in the Ashes series, four of the five one-day internationals which the Aussies won 4-1, and captained the Twenty20 side which won 3-0, while averaging 123 with the bat.

Just how substantial the national team's windfall will be is yet to be finalised by Cricket Australia and the players' union, the Australian Cricketers' Association, but the figure will be at least $900,000. 

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