I’m back in the blogosphere (full-time work really gets in the way of casual writing) as I am completely bemused by the Australian cricket team selections, particularly the rotation policy that has suddenly become the norm with the Australian pace attack.
With the exception of the Perth Test match Peter Siddle (who picked up a very handy hamstring injury that the cynic in me would say was a bit odd) has been the rock that has kept the Aussie quicks afloat this summer.
The reformed vegetarian has been the workhorse of the attack bowling more than 50 overs in the Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart Tests including a mammoth 63.5 in Adelaide after James Pattinson broke down. He has also picked up 21 wickets including 5/54 in the first innings in Tasmania.
Its hardly a coincidence that the only match we lost this summer was when he didn’t play.
The other bowlers have all been rotated in the squad, some through injury, some it seems at the whim of the selectors and seemingly the most powerful people in the Cricket Australia set-up, the physiotherapists. (more…)