Getting sloshed and going on apparently offensive rants at official functions probably isn't the best way to ingratiate yourself with your employers. No matter what motive that CA had for not picking O'Keefe before he really has not helped himself there.For reasons nothing at all to do with cricket most likely
Holland has taken heaps of wickets in the last few seasons and should be miles in front of AgarO'Keefe has done himself no favours with his behaviour, in the modern era you can't act the way he apparently has and expect to be given national honours.
On Agar, the issue is that there are no spinners in SS cricket. Ahmed is out of favour with Vic. Zampa has been ok but hardly demanded selection. Maxwell's problem is he offers no variation to Lyon. Agar only played 4 SS matches last year, but took 16 wickets which is pretty ok. I guess they're hedging their bets really, and hoping he'll just be good like players sometimes do at test level.
TBH in the subcontinent I'd prefer to see:
Aus selectors are obsessed with weird-head-shaped balding spinners and they see potential in Agar. Give him a few years and he'll basically look like a lankier Nathan Lyon.Holland has taken heaps of wickets in the last few seasons and should be miles in front of Agar
Swepson should never have been there in the first place thoWhy the **** is Agar 2nd spinner.
Meanwhile Swepson gets thrown to the dogs and Holland isn't even in the squad? Even James Muirhead would have been a more apt choice than Ashton "I once fell two short of a century you know" Agar.
Not sure if you're serious or not but no, that wasn't an isolated incident for O'Keefe. I still don't think it should affect selection that much but he's had issues with drinking and behaviour in the pastI thought O'Keefe was a nerdy good boy type. He got drunk and went on a rant because he wanted to fit in with the boys imo. Lehmann probably encouraged him. It's all a conspiracy. Warner punched a dude and was rewarded with vice captaincy. $20,000 is pretty harsh and then to be banned from the matador and not get selected for tests after that. Sad.