Dirk Nannes has written about second XI cricket over at All Out Cricket. He draws attention to Greg Chappell’s decision to limit Australian state second XI teams to just three players over the age of 23 back in 2009.
Chappell’s thinking appears to betray a belief that older players who aren’t going to make it into Test cricket contribute pretty much nothing to the national side. This is clearly big swinging donkey balls.
Test cricketers don’t develop in hermetically sealed foil packages, waiting for the top to be ripped off before emerging naked and hairless, dripping some kind of embryonic goo. They are forged in grass crucibles under the heat of old men’s angry, over-competitive swearing.
To methodically rip all of the older players out of the system is a moronically confident vote in favour of natural talent that seems to almost entirely disregard a human being’s ability to learn.