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…
Shaun Marsh hooks the pink ball in Adelaide. Are we ready for him to hold his spot? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: Two summers ago, I wrote what turned out to be a rather prescient column wondering whether anyone was prepared for the horribly out-of-form Mitchell Johnson to bowl well in the 2013/2014 Ashes series.
Like Johnson then, current expectations around Shaun Marsh’s ability to produce consistent Test-quality innings aren’t high. His stats are there for all to see, but only paint the picture of past performance; they’re not an ironclad crystal ball into the future.
But just of the Johnson possibility two summers ago, Marsh is also just as likely to bat well in Hobart as he is to bat as poorly as many expect. But how many of us are ready, or willing, for Marsh to hold his spot going forward?
I hope Shaun Marsh makes runs in Adelaide in much the same way I hope to win Lotto. Success in either endeavour will come as a pleasant surprise..
The Roar: Many, many angry words have been thumped through keyboards and touchscreens about the Australian cricket team selectors over the last few days. When it comes to the career of Shaun Marsh, there typically are no other words to use.
But fear not, this is not going to add to that eternally-growing pile of angry words. Well, not in the typical way, at least.
I wouldn’t have picked Marsh for Adelaide next week, and I’ve been saying who I think would be better options all week. But I’m hardly Robinson Crusoe there, am I. And I do genuinely hope he does well next week; I really do.
Experience, and 16 First Class centuries in 16 seasons tells me not to hold my breath, though…
Joe Burns’ celebrates his maiden Test century in Brisbane last week. But why was he ever out of the squad? Image: ABC Grandstand
The Roar: The end of the lost Ashes series in July was always going to bring with it selection angst for some players, and indeed, the Australian selectors.
Largely, retirements negated the need for tough calls. Chris Rogers, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin would surely have had trouble featuring in any ongoing future plans had they not retired, while Ryan Harris’ knee made that decision for him before the previously unthinkable was contemplated. Michael Clarke pulling the pin as he did came as something of a surprise, perhaps, while the rapid vacation of so many senior players has probably extended Adam Voges’ career for now.
Joe Burns won a recall for the First Test in Brisbane last week, and the stylish Queenslander repaid that faith in spades. His first innings 71 was backed up with his maiden Test century in the second innings, and his spectacular start to the summer has left me with one fairly big, nagging question…