Yesterday, we wrote about Australia’s firmly held belief that there’s a better spinner out there despite there being absolutely no evidence whatsoever that that’s the case. Today they dropped Nathan Lyon.
But this isn’t exactly the cut-and-dried lack of faith in Lyon that you might think. Instead, it seems that Australia decided they wanted a second spinner and through some convoluted thinking, concluded that the best way of adding a spinner to the team was by adding two and subtracting one.
Initially, they may have wanted to pick Xavier Doherty (first-class average 44.56, Test average 102) in addition to Lyon, but then someone pointed out that they might as well just pick Glenn Maxwell (27 first-class wickets at 33.81) if they were going to do that, because at least he can bat.
‘Okay,’ said the guy who professes to be in charge. ‘But if we do that, we’ll have two off-spinners in the team.’
Everyone then rubbed their chins thoughtfully for four seconds before someone came up with the idea of dropping Nathan Lyon in favour of the left-armer, Doherty.
Then they all went to Nando’s, confident that they had clearly expressed their complete lack of faith in the team’s batting and spin bowling. Mitchell Starc has also received a valuable blow to his confidence because apparently Glenn Maxwell’s better at cricket than he is.