Remember the days when our national teams were picked on form? Remember when we used to play ODI’s in Australia in January? And can anyone explain to me why we needed to pick an ODI squad a month out from playing?
When the only cricket being played is either Big Bash or Tests, you have to wonder why they would wait a little longer to see who are the batsman that are in some semblance of form, and those that had none.
Whilst the T20 game is obviously different to One-Dayers, and under Langer we’ve moved away from trying to out-hit opposition you would still prefer blokes who are making runs than not. And it’s why you have to wonder how the likes of Turner and Handscomb were picked over Maxwell, Stoinis or god forbid even Mitch bloody Marsh. All these blokes are making runs for fun in the big bash, making runs both through big hitting and smart stroke play.
And it’s because of this that you must wonder why you’d not wait until at least the new year to pick this team to have a look at the form line in the shorter forms of the game. the thing is, other than game one, it was glaringly obvious we lacked stroke makers in the middle (one wonders why Handscomb didn’t pay after his strong Indian tour last year) and all those named above can also offer a little with the ball as well.
Sadly, these strange decisions have seen us slump to another loss in India and you must wonder how we would have gone had one of the form batsmen in the Big bash has actually been picked.