George Bailey's first-class cricket career is over but the much-respected veteran still has unfinished Big Bash business in mind as he prepares to join the national selection panel.
Bailey's 161st and final first-class game didn't exactly go to plan in Hobart.
It ended on Tuesday with Bailey rolling his arm over as South Australia snapped an 18-match Sheffield Shield winless streak, hauling in a target of 170 to defeat Tasmania by six wickets.
Bailey recorded a golden duck the previous day, joking it was fitting and a little bit of poetry "to go out with a duck like Don Bradman and the great DC Boon".
The 37-year-old will soon join chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns and national coach Justin Langer in shaping the national XI, replacing Greg Chappell on the powerful panel.
Bailey has started preparing for the transition but remains focused on ensuring his final swan song with the Hobart Hurricanes, who assemble for their first training session on Wednesday, is one to remember.
"I've sort of been given a handful of things to run my eye over in terms of looking at what's ahead," Bailey told reporters in Hobart.
"My role probably won't change too much (during the BBL). I think I watch most, if not every game of the Big Bash, so I'll probably be doing much the same.
"It (first-class retirement) probably hasn't sunk in ... you want the fairytale finish but, reminiscing over the last few days, the last 15 or 20 years have been the fairytale."
The Redbacks, who hadn't won a Shield match since February 2018, bowled Tasmania out for 261 on Tuesday morning.
The dismissal of Australia's one-day 'keeper Alex Carey, who was out edging for six, capped a horror start to the chase as SA crashed to 4-34.
But Will Bosisto and Harry Nielsen steadied in style, sharing an unbeaten 136-run stand that helped deliver SA a long-awaited victory.
Nielsen top-scored with 86 not out, including the winning run off Bailey.
"I wasn't actually sure my shoulder could stand up to a full over. I now know it can't, it was very painful," Bailey said.
"I just tried to get through without too much embarrassment."
Wes Agar, who ended Bailey's final Shield innings on Monday, was named man of the match after snaring career-best match figures of 8-121.
Australian Associated Press