Brag Hogg was brilliant in Australia's last world cup campaign, and I believe he is a VERY under rated bowler in world cricket. He took some vital wickets, as well as kept the runs down and consistently bowled 10 overs per match in the world cup. He was instrumental to their victories.
He seems out of favour this season, for no apparent reason, besides the rise of Cameron White. However, i'm not convinced about Cameron White as a bowler one bit. He's certainly not a wicket taker, is very expensive, his batting seems hit and miss, but his fielding is brilliant.
Hogg on the other hand, consistently takes a few wickets in a match, and keeps the runs at a decent level, is a handy lower order batsman, and his fielding is also brilliant.
The only thing White appears to have in his favour is youth. But 1 month from a world cup, should Australia be training up a youngster and robbing a proven performer of valuable match practice? Hogg has played one game this CB series, 6.3 overs, 2 for 16...
Excellent figures if you ask me.
So i did a comparison of their statistics.
* Hogg has a higher ODI batting average
* Hogg has a better ODI Economy
* White has a higher ODI Strike Rate
* White has a better ODI bowling average - he only averages ~1.5 overs a match
So White is not used as a bowler at all, 1.5 overs a match? Surely his batting is not good enough to warrant a place in the side?
There's far better batsman in Australian domestic cricket, who can bowl a bit.
What's the go?