I think the key message out of Faulkner's selection is that the selection panel are not happy with Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja and perhaps Wade so think none of them deserve to play in Test match cricket until they have improved. Faulkner hasn't had the chance yet, he has been improving throughout his career, has performed quite strongly for Australia in International matches, has scored 82 runs and been dismissed just the once on tour and with the series already decided they want to give him a chance.
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Using a test match to see how players go is not how test cricket should be played. Why are we in the business of handing out caps to blokes just to see where they're at? Pick a team to give you the best chance of winning a test.
It's honestly the most disappointed I've been with an Australian selection since forever. Other times inferior players have been selected, but on this occasion not only has an inferior player been selected, he's been selected contrary to balance and the demands of the team.
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Weirdly timed cry from Lehmann.
Also if he is pro-walking, I'm not sure he is as in-tune with the 'baggy green culture' as has been made out
And make no mistake, I want Forkers to succeed as much as any bloke, I'd love for him to come out and make 200 and take five in each innings, but it would still be a poor selection policy despite this.
I'm for Forkers being around the limited overs stuff, but this is just crazy.
Yeah, not sure why Lehman is having a cry now, it's never cheating if the umps don't give you out
Completely agree with Benchy here, that last post hit the nail right on the head.
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The reason for the selection of Faulkner being crap is simple. He's neither the best batsman, nor the best bowler, available for the final spot in the side. Given there's already an all-rounder in the side, playing for team balance is irrelevant, so given the fact that there are better batting and better bowling options outside of the eleven, it's a crap selection.
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