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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    Young only played because he was in the country at the time (and Gillespie and Reiffel were unavailable), not unlike Tony Pigott in 1983/84. He wasn't a 100%-merit selection. Still odd, but those were the circumstances, should anyone be unaware.
    Yep, I know the circumstances. Nevertheless he played, and he was the worst of the bunch IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by irfan View Post
    Without a doubt, Scott Muller.

    Stock delivery was like 5 miles outside off stump. Batted below McGrath. Fielded like a zombie. Warne famously described him as a cricketer who 'Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field.'

    Never has truer words ever been said. Astonished Australia picked him for a token GABBA test, the selectors must have included him for a bit of a giggle, or McGrath may have wanted him in so he can bat at 10. Either way worst selectorial decision all round.
    Reckon Muller cops it pretty harshly just because of what Warne/Joe apparently said. An average of 36.85 after 2 tests isn't that bad, tbh. Fairly sure he actually has better figures than McGrath and Warne did after two gamesetter than McGrath and Warne at that stage
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    Quote Originally Posted by andyc View Post
    Reckon Muller cops it pretty harshly just because of what Warne/Joe apparently said. An average of 36.85 after 2 tests isn't that bad, tbh. Fairly sure he actually has better figures than McGrath and Warne did after two gamesetter than McGrath and Warne at that stage
    No, there have been worse debuts statistically, but trust me, he was execrable. Some of the deliveries that he got dismissals from... (I believe highlights of his performance in Hobart - or a portion of it, anyway - are still on YouTube somewhere)
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    Yeah, Muller playing test cricket was an absolute joke. Saw him get tonked for 28 in an over from an unknown grade cricketer called Brendan Shinnick about three years after his test debut. Complete hack.
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    who was the guy who got hit for over 10rpo in that ODI vs South Africa? because he was pretty damn bad.

    Nathan Bracken I don't rate either.

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    Haha, the balls that got his wickets were completely **** TBH.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    who was the guy who got hit for over 10rpo in that ODI vs South Africa? because he was pretty damn bad.

    Nathan Bracken I don't rate either.
    Mick Lewis?

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    Harsh on Peter Taylor...sure, picked by mistake, but did a fairly good job of it once there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Mick Lewis?
    Yeah, thats him, dire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    who was the guy who got hit for over 10rpo in that ODI vs South Africa? because he was pretty damn bad.

    Nathan Bracken I don't rate either.
    Mike Lewis, but he never played Test Cricket.

    BTW regarding Muller it's important to remember he was a part of the Aussies 16 game winning streak and his partnership with fellow debutant Adam Gilchrist was very useful.

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    Paul Wilson - played his only test at Calcutta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    Haha, the balls that got his wickets were completely **** TBH.
    That video is cool just because McGrath's new ball bowling was so good. Plus, Australia actually have good slips catchers. Blast from the past.

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    Yeah, McGrath to Anwar, what a jaffer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJellett View Post
    Harsh on Peter Taylor...sure, picked by mistake, but did a fairly good job of it once there.
    He did? News to me. Took 12-238 in his first 2 Tests (and bowled just 2 overs in his 3rd), but in his last 10 took 15 wickets at 55.13 (including 8 at 56.50 in 6 Tests post-1989). He was very poor, as was Peter Sleep, as was Greg Matthews (though he could bat) and I have to say I'm a little mystified why any of them were picked instead of Tim May who, while nothing special himself, was generally held in much higher esteem than any of those three.

    BTW, could someone tell me - I'd always presumed it was a joke, but is it actually true that he was picked when they wanted Mark Taylor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard View Post
    BTW, could someone tell me - I'd always presumed it was a joke, but is it actually true that he was picked when they wanted Mark Taylor?
    No. The story is that when Peter Taylor was selected, people assumed that it was in fact Mark Taylor they intended to select, and it was a mistake made in announcing the player. They always intended to pick Peter, it was just a big shock, while Mark was making a lot of runs in domestic cricket at the time and would not have been so surprising.

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