Now how can we turn the batting around as quickly?
The competition for batting spots 10 years ago (short period of time culturally in cricket) was massive: Hodge, Law, Love, Maher, Did Venuto, Rodgers etc could not get a game for Australia, despite piling runs on year after year.
How can we get six batsman in the Test team and another 15 Shield batsman of similar quality ready to go again?
I believe the stocks are there, but the mental side could be honed; Justin Langer is talking about this with Western Australia.
The other approach is to have a clean out at Shield level. For example, Cameron White is not a top four batsman; he can bat at seven or just play Ryobi and Big Bash, while a young promising player can learn to bat all day. Keep experienced longer format players like Rodgers for them to learn from.
I worry that like the English we will have too many Mark Ealhams – good County/Shield cricketers that bat and bowl well and are handy at Shield level, but not so practical at the next level – White, Smith, Henriques, Maxwell are examples.
Any ideas on how Australia can replenish its batting stocks in the years to come?
Australian spinner Jon Holland has suffered a broken finger during the Test series against Pakistan and will miss part of Victoria’s Sheffield Shield campaign. Left-arm spinner Jon Holland is set to be sidelined after suffering a broken finger during Australia’s Test series defeat to Pakistan in the UAE. Holland is understood to have sustained the […]