It’s simple. Some very good batsmen won’t go to India

Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, George Bailey, and Usman Khawaja: I think they're battling for the last two spots in the Australian WT20 squad. Three will be very unlucky..

Shaun Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, George Bailey, and Usman Khawaja: I think they’re battling for the last two spots in the Australian WT20 squad. Three will be very unlucky..

The Roar: If cricket is the national sport at this time of year, then selecting the Australian cricket team must run a very close second. As sure as day follows night, any discussion or debate on selection options will at some point include a new team being named.

The National Selection Panel on Monday naming the one-day squad for the three matches in New Zealand kicked off the latest round. Nathan Lyon’s white ball development is again on hold, in favour of the very promising Adam Zampa, while Usman Khawaja has again been unable to force his way into the squad, which averaged more than 53 runs per wicket across the five games against India.

And this got me thinking about just how tough it’s going to be to make the Australian squad for the ICC World Twenty20 in India, to be held in March and April. Simply put, there’s going to be some very unlucky Australian batsmen, when the squad is named…

Australian ODI squad: no Lyon, no Lynn. Yet…

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

Nathan Lyon (left) and Chris Lynn have missed the initial Australian ODI side, but are still very much in line, according to selector Trevor Hohns.

The Roar: Like more than a few of you, I was rather surprised to hear Nathan Lyon and Chris Lynn had been left out when the first Australian one-day squad of the summer was named yesterday.

All the right noises were being made about Lyon being sighted in the coloured gear this summer, especially with the team heading to the World Twenty20 in India in March and April. And if there’s a batsman in Australia currently striking the ball better than Lynn, well they’re not playing at a televised level.

Rather staggeringly though, neither were named in the 13-man squad for the first three ODIs against India, starting next week in Perth, Brisbane, and Melbourne, but it would appear that there’s much more to it than that, and it’s not bad news at all…

the BBL week ahead: may the cream commence rising

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Christmas BBL crisis solved, the Thunder rumble on, a selfish Chris Lynn, and a redemptive Shaun Marsh: plenty to look forward to over the next week of the BBL…

The Roar: Two weeks into the Big Bash League, and we’re already starting to get an idea of which teams are and aren’t in contention for the playoffs in the second-last week of January.

With the Perth Scorchers winning very well under the open roof in Melbourne last night, they join the logjam of teams with two wins and four points, and it’s this group of teams that will probably battle it out to claim the remaining spots in the top four.

It’s quite likely that the coming week will be massive for a number of sides for a number of reasons, and there is plenty to look forward over the next week, including Shaun Marsh building his case, the Sydney Thunder confirming their maiden semis berth, and whether my Tip of the Week run can continue..