Australia selectors don’t know what they’re doing

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.

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5 Appeals

  1. This post seems to have said all that needs saying KC.

  2. King Cricket

    November 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    It didn’t say that it said all that needs saying.

    Sometimes that needs saying.

  3. It’s not quite all that needs saying.

    The Aussie selectors are currently debating whether or not Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson are a better bet for the Ashes than Michael Hussey and Marcus North, which given the latter pair’s appaling record in tests over the past two years must mean that Usman Khawaja and Callum Ferguson are rubbish.

    I think that needed to be said.

  4. I thought the more decisive evidence of Aussie selector indecisiveness was the change to the selection panel just a few weeks before the Ashes.

    Say no more.

  5. Bert, the NSP are convinced that ANYONE who wasn’t part of the losing Ashes 2009 squad is rubbish, hence their determination to try and stick with the same losers as much as possible.

    Makes sense to me.

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