Stel­lar omis­sions

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

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

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