Cricket 17 November 2017

First Test selections and Ian Chappell’s dementure”

Big Jim takes a look at the the Aussies first test squad…read more

An Australian second 11 would probably be too good for the Poms this summer. That, however, isn’t the point. This is the Ashes and the Aussie selections for the first test was always going to have tongues wagging. Every former test cricket and his dog has an opinion so it was a safe bet Big Jim was going to get his two bobs worth.

Starc, Hazelwood, Cummins and Lyon picked themselves. They are clearly our best four with the ball and barring injury, all will start in the five tests. No argument there.

There are three selections that were always going to create controversy. I give the selectors a pass mark. They were forced into one, they made a brave and really impressive call in another and they made a genuine howler in regards to the last.

The Good

Tim Payne: Love this call. Wade and Hanscomb have had their chances. I think Payne (at his best) is the best keeper of three and the best batsmen of the three. Give him 5 tests and we will see.

The Forced

Cameron Bancroft: Bancroft is in amazing form and Renshaw can’t buy a run. I would have been happy with either but if form is a key criterion then its hard to deny Bancroft his chance.

The Ugly

Sean Marsh: I don’t care if Marsh scores a 1000 runs in this series (batting at number 6) this is still the WRONG call. Glenn Maxwell is a game changer. He is a crowd pleaser. He is amazing in the field and has been under-bowled on the international scale. This is a dead set shocker.

Ian Chappell was a fair test cricketer but an amazing test captain. He has also been one of the best voices in the cricket media in the last 30 years. His top “25 Ashes cricketer’s” list of the last 30 years published this week has sadly confirmed though, that his time as a serious voice in the world of cricket it over. No Steve Waugh because he was too selfish. Are you kidding? What the hell does that mean? Doug Walters (god love him) makes the top 10 and Alan Border sneaks in at 24 behind the likes of Slater, Root and Stokes? This list is HORRIBLE. Give it up Chapelli!!!

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