Originally Posted by Spark
Don't think PEWS is trying to claim that this is a particularly good decision at all, just saying that the argument that Doherty doesn't deserve to be picked because of his poor FC stats in isolation is a pretty bad one if you cast your net just a little wider.
I agree though that this sends a terrible message to any developing spinner around - we'll stick with you for a while, but have two bad tests (and really, the India tour was only half the length of a normal tour) or make the captain annoyed and you'll be the first to get the axe. Especially because going for bucketloads of runs is an unfortunate and inevitable part of a spinner's development and it's important to send the message that the establishment is prepared to show faith and allow you to develop.
There is no difference between the FC stats of any Australian spinner tbh, so no matter who gets picked the stats won't really help in comparing any of the spinners.
Though you just gotta take into account how a spinner bowls in particular, and judge whether his style of spin bowling is likely to prove useful at the test level or not.
Atm, selectors are just picking spinners for the sake of it and their potential or ability in the long run just isn't being considered and the selection of someone like Doherty is a classic example of this.