Originally Posted by Matt79
Fairly different situation actually. a) he's someone who's come up through his country's own system, rather than parachuting in via a parent's passport or whatever, having failed to crack it in his 'own' country. b) he's, as you say, an up-and-comer, being a 23 year old in the early stages of his FC career, rather than a 29 year old journeyman, so there's at least some logic about testing him as a potential long term prospect and some prospect that the seasoning he'll gain will pay dividends. and c) I think Siddle's shown more than Pattison in the last couple of seasons.
He did enough to earn a spot on the squad, and maybe his youth helped in that regard, with the selectors having an eye to the future. Once on the squad, he did enough to impress the selectors and captain that he was a better bet in the conditions than the alternatives, so its hard to say that it's an appalling decision.
Siddle is a much more reasonable selection than White, in terms of records justifying selection, although in White's case the selectors' hands were somewhat forced by the amount of injuries, thin-ness of the spinnings ranks, and Kresja's poor showing in the tour match coupled with his equally average record.
AWTA, there is hardly anything to compare between Siddle and Pattinson, Siddle is a young fast bowler who looks like a good prospect in the making and is someone we would see a lot more of even in the future, you can easily make that out watching him bowl, as in Pattinson's case it was a meaningless selection, with Sidebottom's injury it was almost as if England selectors didn't knew what to do so they just picked this 29 year old bloke from nowhere and then started justifying his selection, as some stroke of genius.
White' selection is something that still makes no sense to me (even though to White's credit he seems to be trying to bowl the best he could in the current test series in India, and tbf he hasn't exactly embarrassed himself yet), but White hardly bowled any overs in FC cricket in the last two seasons, so to send him to India primiraly as a spin bowling option was a decision that i found hard to digest, i personally would have prefered Casson being sent as the replacement (no matter how lowly he is rated), but the Aussie selectors had a different way of thinking regarding this, so they did what they did.