Up until now we’ve thought some Australians have been harsh on their selectors. You can’t blame the selectors for the options they have to choose from. It doesn’t matter who orders on your behalf in McDonald’s, you pretty much know what you’re going to get.
However, after making a big show of announcing their Ashes squad at Sydney’s Circular Quay, they’ve basically just said: “Not sure. Give us another week.”
Australia have picked a 17-man ‘practice squad’ which will be trimmed down at a later date. We could have named the exact same squad at any point in the last fortnight and we could have done it from our local pub over the phone.
A 17-man squad isn’t a squad. It’s just ‘these are the players we’re kind of thinking about at the minute’. To be fair, it probably wasn’t the selectors’ decision to announce a ‘squad’ this far before the first Test, but it still gives an impression of dithering indecisiveness.