Shaun Marsh is a good intermediate number 5 tbh. Looked all class in the shieldThat's damning.
I really am lost as to who to pick at five for South Africa. It's just so easy to put a line through the possible contenders. That we need to take an expanded squad due to Covid just makes matters worse since those selected will miss probably three rounds of the shield. So while in principle I'd lean towards picking Head at five with Maddison as a backup, that robs Maddinson of three shield games in a season where he's already been robbed of an opportunity due to Harris and Pucovski batting ridiculously big. This fact slightly strengthens the case of Khawaja or the Marsh brothers; known quantities who wouldn't be losing invaluable FC matches to develop their game.
I don't know. It seems the pattern of Shaun Marsh call-ups that he has a huge start to the shield, gets picked and plays an important innings, then reverts to an unacceptable mean. It's literally happened on debut, 2014, 2016 and 2017. Considering what's a stake with the WTC, and his current form I guess the selectors would want one big innings.Shaun Marsh is a good intermediate number 5 tbh. Looked all class in the shield
Well that's almost perfect when all you want from him is a stop-gap for a series or 2 while a younger talent puts their name forward in the ShieldI don't know. It seems the pattern of Shaun Marsh call-ups that he has a huge start to the shield, gets picked and plays an important innings, then reverts to an unacceptable mean.
What this infographic won't tell you is that close to 50-60 baggy greens have been handed over in the last decade, that stat is totally bonkers given that in a over a century only 400 odd Australians were lucky enough to play test cricket for Australia.
The BBL is just massive for kids though. It's not an easy fixBBL is a massive issue at this point, telling Shield players to go into hibernation mode after half the season for a hiatus of over 2-3 months is crazy, especially when test cricket is simultaneously co-existing with the BBL season.
In short most national players don't play in the BBL, making it a watered down T20 competition for fringe Aussie players and a quick buck making event for foreign players.
Domestic cricketers are being shoved in test cricket on residual form, from last summer or first half of Shield the current season.
What makes matters worst is the constant lookout for new players, the moment the team loses a few games which suggests the lack of any long term plans.
its actually extremely easy as long as you're not waiting around for 2 good games in the shield to make decisions for yousmudge raises a great point though that the bbl running concurrently with the test summer means it is pretty hard to know who's waiting in the wings to come straight in to the test squad and perform at test level if the need to call in the cavalry arises
Yeah, the idea that they don't know who to call up because no-one has played any Shield games for a month says more about the horrible reactionary selection policy than it does about the scheduling.its actually extremely easy as long as you're not waiting around for 2 good games in the shield to make decisions for you