Come February 2020 and the Tigers will have to battle on without their former fearless leader, taking on Queensland as the Sheffield Shield returns on Friday.
Sitting on one win - a six-wicket victory over Victoria - before the Big Bash halted proceedings, coach Jeff Vaughan said life without Bailey will be felt.
"I don't think necessarily [it's different around] training just yet because of his schedule and the way he prepared himself, he was sometimes doing some different types of training anyway," he said.
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"I think it will be when we are actually in Brisbane, when we arrive in Brisbane and Bails won't be there. On the flip side, we'll have Painey [Tim Paine] back in the group which certainly helps our leadership.
"We'd love to have Wadey [Matthew Wade] there and the plans were for us to have Wadey with us as well but there's a great opportunity for him to play white-ball in South Africa."
The Australian skipper is one of three additions to the squad that took on South Australia in December with Tom Rogers and Beau Webster also joining the side as Bailey, the injured Riley Meredith and omitted Sam Rainbird make way.
Despite the Tigers' slow start, Vaughan, who took over the reins from Adam Griffith this season, is confident his side can hit the ground running in the back half.
"Because we play so few games and there are so many potential draws, sides are in the season right up until round nine and 10.
"We are needing to win some games at the back end of the season, there's four games left and we will need to win two or three of them to be in the mix for the final, starting with Queensland."
While the Tasmanians welcome back Paine, their opponents have made drastic moves of their own, with former Test opener Matthew Renshaw dropped from Queensland's 12-man squad.
The left-handed 23-year-old started the season with 182 runs at a lean average of 20.22 and hasn't cracked triple figures in 28 innings, struggling to recapture the form that saw him debut for Australia at just 20 years old.
Bryce Street, who rocketed onto the scene with 345 not out in second-XI competition before scoring 281 runs at an average of 35.12 in his opening five top-flight games, is expected to partner Test incumbent Joe Burns as he and Marnus Labuschagne return.
Tasmania: Paine (c), Bell, Bird, Doolan, Doran, McDermott, Milenko, Neil-Smith, Rogers, Silk, Wakim, Webster, Wright
Queensland: Khawaja (c), Burns, Gannon, Heazlett, Labuschagne, McSweeney, Neser, Peirson, Street, Steketee, Swepson, Wildermuth
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