Cricket: Saltires want George Bailey back for third term

Saltires will offer Australian George Bailey the chance of a third season as overseas pro. The Tasmanian skipper, who first played for the Scots in 2007, signed off last season with a record-breaking 123no against Warwickshire and Saltires are targeting the 28-year-old for next summer's CB40 campaign.

Cricket Scotland chief executive Roddy Smith said: "I talk to George frequently and he knows our position. George is a fantastic player and we will wait to hear what his plans are before taking any decisions."

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Bailey has captained Australia A but has failed to force his way into the Ashes series. However, his performances for the Saltires last season caught the eye of several county sides, who could make a move.

Forfarshire pace bowler Matty Parker is in line to earn a Saltires contract. The Scots want to increase their quota of home-grown pros to four and Parker, 20, who made a major impact last season, could be offered terms.