I enjoyed reading Ben Horne’s article (“Langer’s new saggy green”, 14/9), which underscored how ridiculous it was to omit a proven player like Glenn Maxwell.
However, there are other anomalies in the selection of this team, ostensibly on the basis of stats.
1. The selection of Siddle (24 Shield wickets last season in nine matches) based on form in England, which is irrelevant to the subcontinent, where he struggled previously; Michael Neser (39 Shield wickets in 10 matches) and Brendan Doggett (28 Shield wickets in seven matches), both the latter two with moderate recent performances for Australia A, in preference to Chris Tremain (51 Shield wickets in 10 matches and some good recent performances for Australia A).
Also, why was Chadd Sayers, who played the last Test in South Africa, not selected?
Both Tremain and Sayers could certainly feel hard done by.
2. Among batsmen, Marnus Labuschagne (averaged 39.75 in last Shield season) was selected, despite two ducks in his last match for Australia A, in front of Peter Handscomb (a half-century in that same match) and Joe Burns (averaged 55.76 in Shield), who both played the last Test in South Africa.
Also if Siddle was selected on form in England, then what about the omitted Callum Ferguson, who had a stellar season there, averaged 48.75 in Shield and was unfortunately run out in the only Test he played.
In rebuilding a team, the best players must be selected and it just has not happened.
Stephen Marks, Alstonville