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…

Perth centuries show value in the 50-over format

"George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day.."

“George Bailey and Steven Smith’s third-wicket partnership of 242 was narrowly pipped by Bailey’s ‘Floppy Gold’ (inset) as the highlight of the day..”

The Roar: The great Mark Twain misquote reads, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated,” and I reckon sometime one-day cricket must feel this way too, sometimes.

Twenty20 cricket was invented in England and first played at a First Class level in the northern summer of 2003. Roughly three minutes after the completion of the first ever game, the first report of 50-over cricket’s demise was penned. Perhaps.

For a format on its death bed, one-day cricket has proved remarkably resilient, to be still going 13 years later, and on Tuesday, we saw four excellent innings that you just wouldn’t in a Twenty20 game…

Cheap Seats Episode 60: Selection headaches

Sleeveless jerseys at the NRL Auckland 9s - I fear it could catch on...

Sleeveless jerseys at the NRL Auckland 9s – I fear it could catch on…

Ryan O’Connell and I are coming down from a beer and pretzel Super Bowl high in Episode 60 of the Cheap Seats podcast.

More cracking #AskTheCheapSeats questions on topics including Super Rugby pre-season preps, the WACA pitch, dating Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Smith’s likely batting spot for the future.

The boys wrapped up the one-day Tri-Series, after Australia’s thumping of England in the Final in Perth last weekend, as well as getting into the what Australia’s best ODI XI is, and the injury conundrum around James Faulkner

There’s also Australian Open tennis, the token football wrap on the Socceroos’ Asian Cup triumph, the Auckland 9s, and the New England Patriots Super Bowl win, Ryan’s absence celebrating after which being the reason this Episode is days late.

Plus the launch of the Cheap Seats Tipping League on footytips.com.au – get on board now and knock Captain Confidence O’Connell down a peg or two.

Get us on Twitter at @CheapSeatsPod and get your questions in for next week using the tag #AskTheCheapSeats. And stay cheap!

ABC Grandstand: Australia-India National Day ODI preview

George Bailey and MS Dhoni need good games for very different reasons..

George Bailey and MS Dhoni need good games for very different reasons..

With the ‘Box of Neutrals’ guys – Michael and Rob – again, we previewed today’s ODI between Australia and India at the SCG on ABC Grandstand Digital. Through a wonderful coincidence (or deliberate scheduling) the match falls on a day of national significance for both countries; Australia Day, and Republic Day in India.

For India, it’s must win. For Australia, it’s a chance to continue building pre-World Cup form. And for both captains, it’s another chance to form amid mounting off-field distraction: George Bailey’s slight run drought coming with all the focus on Michael Clarke’s hamstring, and MS Dhoni’s implication and indirect involvement in the Indian Supreme Court case surrounding the BCCI (and ICC) President, N. Srinivasian..