Yuvraj Singh and Andy Symonds
Okay them both are clean hitters of the ball and fine fieldsman, infact their ODI statistics must be a real pain for the test selectors. Both however have problems against quality spin bowling but both have age on their side and thus meaning plenty of room and time for improvement.
Yuvraj Singh's ODI career statictics read - 94 matches / 30 battign average / 87 scoring rate / 2 centuries / high score 139 done early this year against Australia, against quality bowling.
Andy Symonds ODI career statistics read - 96 matches / 36.21 battign average / 90 scoring rate / 1 century / high score of 143 not out against Pakistan in the WC 2003, against renowned and top quality bowling.
However both their stats have improved in the past 24 months. Both have dug their teams outta big mess, Yuvraj against England in the Natwest Series, tried in the TVS CUP with limited success and also the Australian VB series although he always needed a partner at the other end (remember he was the only one who sttod up at Perth during Lee's devastating spell). Symonds has done the job in ODI in WC, VB series and Lanka ODI series.
The Indian team (a large chunk) want Akash Chopra to remain as opener alongside Sehwag, Sehwag/Sachin and Dravid support him. But the board of selectors and Ganguly want Yuvraj to replace him.
In Australia, Katich takes Symonds place for obvious reasons (Katich has an average of 57, and in such a short period played a matchsaving century against India at Sydney) which means Symonds will most likely be left out. even though i hear he is to play at Darwin test next month.
what do you folks make out of this fine mess?
p.s. i would imagine Paul Collingwood is facing the same problem in England and who knows how they're gonna make room for Kevin Pietersen this september.