A talking point that often comes up regarding the state of cricket is the balance between bat and ball.
Ahead of the Test series against India, talk surrounds the makeup of the batting unit, particularly after Australia’s recent collapses.
What is not in question is the bowling unit, which is world class.
Mich Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon are probably one of the best attacks in the world today.
However, one thing conveniently ignored is who is in line next after these four?
Imagine a situation wherein one or more is unavailable – what happens then? Remember, Cummins is coming back from an injury layoff and has only played a handful of games. Starc was also injured towards the backend of the series in UAE.
If one or more of them suffer an injury, who comes in? How would we love to have a fit James Pattinson available for selection.
Among the options are a group who are tried, tested and not-so-successful like Peter Siddle. Then there is also the matter of Joe Mennie and Dan Worrall.
The one person who comes immediately to mind is Chris Tremain, who should be next in if a spot opens up.
The promising Western Australia pair of Jhye Richardson and Matt Kelly are also potential bolters, as is Tassie’s quiet achiever Gabe Bell.
Lastly, what odds of a Test cap this summer for the man who sits just outside the top five on the Shield bowling charts at the moment – the massively talented Cameron Green?