Australian selectors need to be bold
The Ashes are beginning to look more and more one-sided, the closer it gets. With scandal after scandal hitting Cricket Australia, it is clear that Australian cricket needs a clean out.
The choices made by the board of selectors have been far too safe to bring them out of the hole they are digging.
Selecting Cowan over and over again has been a massive mistake. Why not develop a young opener?
Someone like Nic Maddinson would be a perfect replacement. Maddinson has been playing in the Sheffield Shield over the last couple of years for New South Wales, and put on a 100-run stand with Jordan Silk on his way to a knock of 181 in Australia A’s ongoing game against Gloucestershire.
Additionally, why not get someone new in the middle order, at six? Let someone like Joe Burns find his feet at Test level. Why not throw a youngster in the deep end?
Cricket Australia should look to the future instead of trying to salvage the present. The future will never develop if they are not given the opportunity.
If they are looking for an all-rounder, then why pick Shane Watson?
Watson has his moments, but his body is fragile and one can see his Test career drawing to a close in the near future.
Why not pick James Faulkner, who averages 22 with the ball and 30 with the bat?
He will only improve with time in the Test team, and brings a left-arm bowling option as well. He has more control than Starc and more consistent swing, which could help him become one of the great all-rounders in years to come.
Cricket Australia needs to be bold when it comes to selections, if we are to see any success in the near future. Things are not going to change if things stay the same.
Watch Glenn Mitchell's wrap of the second Test, where Australia were victorious early on the final day, winning by 218 runs and taking a 2-0 series lead into the third Test in Perth.