That is an impressive stat but not surprising given the players you have had over the majority of those 20 years. I think allowances would be made given the amount of injuries to bowlers and the fact you did play the best side around in 3 of the games.
Must be something that needs looking at though the amount of injuries your bowlers keep picking up.
the guys with good stats but
bird, cutting, butterworth, hastings, faulkner etc
ncn, mcd jr (still playing one game/missing one game. not in contention then probably?). and then....well I guess all the poni's are dead.
the rest, led by
bollinger (1st time he's really been fit, like not-injured-and-has-played-a-month-or-two-of-cricket since the new panel took over. who knows what their position will be) putland & feldman
(from what I've seen of putland and feldman, they don't really deserve the but tag. pews to confirm/deny.)
what a pool of seam bowlers australia have got-
and so on...
compare that to one of ind or sl :laugh:
and i forgot about the guys who particularly do well in the limited overs
Putland definitely has some fans in administration and commentary but that's more in terms of SACA than CA; I don't think he's on the radar and I definitely won't call him a PONI but he certainly does look a more threatening bowler now that he's put on a little bit more pace.
Feldman's an interesting one in that CA don't seem too bothered about McDermott being left out for him (they've intervened in NSW/Victoria affairs as we know) even though McDermott played for Australia A and has even been in Australian LO squads - that made me think Feldman was being looked at too. Then Gannon started playing ahead of McDermott though and it kind of put that theory to rest.
You left Cutting in the first group too which I found interesting. I don't rate Cutting at all as you know but he's a young bowler having a good Shield season who has been in the Australian squad before. Bowling pies on TV all the time counts against him I guess but he'd be in the mix somewhere, direly enough. :p
think they will stick with wade like others said while his batting is going well. haddin's keeping went to crap for a while before he had to step aside, but it was the runs that put the most pressure on him I think rightly or wrongly
Ok what does PONI stand for?
Putrid or Nearly Invincible?
Project on Nuclear Issues?
Penis of Nine Inches?
Bird must have gained brownie points from putting on a few kms. Was hitting 140 recently.
Back on Wade, after this series is a tour for India and I think most would agree that that's a much tougher challenge for keepers than any ground in Australia is. If he's struggling to keep to spin in Oz, how's he going to handle it there?