It may have become the worst kept secret in recent days, but George Bailey has officially been named Australian cricket's next national selector.
Replacing Greg Chappell on the selection panel, Bailey will join head coach Justin Langer and chairman Trevor Hohns when he commences the role full-time in February.
But the promotion has come at a cost - Bailey's playing career will finish after this season's Big Bash League.
This means the 37-year-old will miss the finishing stages of Tasmania's Sheffield Shield season, closing the curtains on a storied career unmatched by many.
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"This season in particular I've been about enjoying every moment on the field so that won't really change," Bailey said. "I've made it clear to Vaughny (Jeff Vaughn) and Griff (Adam Griffith) that I'm not after any farewell games - if they don't want to pick me, I'm alright with that."
With Tasmania facing Queensland in Sheffield Shield action starting Friday at Bellerive Oval, Bailey doesn't expect much to change on-field but had a cheeky message for the members of the Bulls' bowling attack who may be vying for selection.
"I've tried to play the game a certain way and I feel like I get along with nearly every single first-class player in the country so I don't see too much of that changing.
"I'll see in the next couple of weeks, if any of the fast bowlers don't want to pitch it up to me in the next couple of games, that would be well received."
Speaking briefly with Jamie Cox, who served as a selector from 2006 until stepping down in 2011, Bailey admitted he was looking to come into the role with no preconceived ideas and add some of his own character to the panel - even referencing his own batting stance.
"My expectations are that I feel like I feel I am a servant to the players. Certainly the majority of players playing first-class cricket, their dream is to play for Australia.
"My job is to select the lucky few that get the opportunity, but you're also trying to help those that are not quite in the mix, giving them some help and advice as to how you think they can get there.
"There's a lot of people whose advice will be important, there will be a lot that won't but have you seen the way I stand when I face up to a cricket ball? I'm happy to cop a little bit of criticism, that won't be any concern."
Completely at ease with the decision to end his playing career come February, Bailey's days of being a marquee T20 player around the world have finished, though he might still have a hit with South Hobart-Sandy Bay.
Only the second player in Australian history to captain a team on international debut in 2012, Bailey crammed 90 one-day internationals, 30 T20 internationals and five tests - all victories - into his 15-season career.
For now, Bailey will serve as a national teams advisor, working closely with Ben Oliver - the general manager of national teams, Hohns and Langer.
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