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Last edited by Prince EWS; 29-05-2010 at 01:16 PM.
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Rejecting 'analysis by checklist' and 'skill absolutism' since December 2009
Why would you stuff around with the line-up that much to put your least qualified batsman in the side batting @ number 3; what is widely seen as the most important position in the side?
Hmmm.....but Morgan's a gun for the future, regardless of runs in CC (remember Tres, Vaughan, Collingwood, heck even Flintoff?), whereas Carberry is an ageing county pro. I know which one's my choice.
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Becoming less and less sensitised to people moaning about how contemporary form should be the sole determinant of selection. Yes, it's logical. Yes, it fits the noble philosophy of 'pick the eleven that will win you the next Test'. But honestly, it defies belief that there's a furore every single time some young gun gets picked over a form player, especially against a minnow side.
Why wouldn't you give a player a chance to get his feet wet in international cricket? Moreover, why care if you're going to theoretically steamroll them anyway? Assuming the player's seen as a long-term investment, why not give him a chance to forge a decent Test temperament sooner rather than later?
It's been shown ad nauseam that domestic form isn't a guarantor of Test ability. See: Hick, Kambli, McGain. None of them - except Hick, who's an outlier - had a chance to develop their ability to mentally adjust to a Test environment.
Granted, there are exceptions. Must-win Tests are no place for kids. Bell shouldn't have been in the 2005 Ashes, Siddle shouldn't have toured India and Sharma got pushed too hard too early. But it's unbelievably rare that one dud selection has ruined a series for one side. And it's not a certainty they'll be a dud anyway.
But deadset, the purist outlook on this sort of thing defies belief. It's the thing that chronically gimped the West Indies beyond 1994-95.
Meritocracy isn't a short-term statistical thing. No, really.
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