Thought this might be a bit of fun as the series progresses for us armchair selectors and commentators to use this thread to brag about what we got right and also fess up to our shockers. Try and keep any predictions or future judgement calls out of it, this is just to reflect on past calls and how they panned out.
I'll get the ball rolling with what I got wrong.......
Was fairly vocal that he was the Aussie bowler I feared least and had him behind Bird and Harris in the pecking order. Took 8/135 for the test and was outstanding, only bettered by a herculean effort by JImmy as best bowler in the test.
Had a fairly robust debate with Finns biggest fan here (Scaly) prior to the series start that Finn was rightly a lock in for the 3rd seamers spot. The boy had an absolute nightmare and was a liability for the most part......if England had of lost this test the finger would have been pointed firmly at Finn. Can not play at Lords.
Scaly....I bow before you.
But what I got right.........
Hated the selection of Bairstow and never wanted Root at the top of the order, I think it's fair to say no part of this triangle really worked out......Root never looked comfortable and Bairstow is simply not good enough. Can't see the selectors changing this one for Lords but I really think Compton has been stiffed big time.
Not as clear cut this one because I don't think he had a shocker as such but he was probably the poorest of the Aussie quicks in the test. I said before the start that he'll get you wickets but he'll also be a pressure release for our bats at times........I think that turned out to be the case.
More a judgement call as his selection was never in doubt........not too much to say here except I was right, Uvo and Burgey were wrong. That's is all.