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Jesse Dart

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Appeared on the Footy Show as some obnoixious kid who knew a bit about the Dockers, since then my journalism career has followed the same trajectory as the show that first spotlighted me. Youngest WAFL commentator at league level (16 years), now residing in the bush and complaining about Cam McCarthy on a weekly basis.

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Since 2010 though? That’s the criteria I’m focusing on and generally all our openers apart from Warner have been unspectacular but Marsh has been lucky to play as much as he has.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Yeah but appearing as 12th man 19 times is an awkward number to be stuck on, rounding him off with 20 seems too perfect so I’ll strand him on 19.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

A strike rate of nearly a run a ball isn’t that bad is it? If it was something like 50 fair enough but if 87 is the worst you have in a team on any given day you’re doing a pretty good job. Fair enough he’s not a rapid scorer but putting that loss on him seems a bit of a reach to me.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

I’m not a huge fan of Watson but if you gave me the choice of him or Mitch Marsh I’d probably rip your arm off in the handshake.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

I knew next to nothing about Herath until he debuted, I really feel for him because he was a gun.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Not the biggest fan of Katich I take it?

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

While I don’t think Clarke was our best tactician he wouldn’t be our worst, if he was that bad tactically he would’ve been quickly replaced. He’s certainly better or comparable with most 21st century English captains.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Hi Kerry, thanks for your kind words and I’m glad you enjoyed. Even though I’m a proud Freo man I have a lot of admiration for Cousins as well.

A defence of Ben Cousins

Thanks for taking the time to comment mate, always appreciate it. Glad you liked it.

A defence of Ben Cousins

Katich certainly is a fair shout for the captaincy of this time, had things gone differently with Clarke I’m certain myself and plenty of others would talk about his career in a very different way.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Can confirm, have started the article, both are in.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

I referenced this in another comment but in my pre planning before looking at any data Kasper was one of my first thoughts for who makes the team. In the end I went with Tait but it was incredibly close. I’ll make Kasper honourary 12th man.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

I really do feel for him, being stuck behind possibly our best two keepers of the modern era consecutively.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Elliot I considered for a while but there was so much depth in the batting order he got squeezed out. When I was doing my pre planning (which is not looking at any stats or books, just thinking) he was one of the first names but like Kasper he missed out due to depth.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

That’s a fair point but Warne was never the patron saint of physical fitness, maybe he just tried to replicate him.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Michael as well, those guys dominated England for many years.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Fair but he just never got me particularly excited, always seemed like he could be a lot better than what he produced.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

My apologies you are correct, I had him confused with someone else I think. It’s a shame because I would’ve thought the WACA would’ve suited him.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Hastings is one I’ve never really gotten the hype around, he just doesn’t impress me.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Symonds might be the best fielder we’ve had, some of his run-outs were simply astonishing. I wasn’t aware his bowling average was that good so that’s nice to know. Absolutely try to source his book if you can, it was an op shop find for me many years ago but it was certainly worth the $2 to read it.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

If Moeen Ali can’t do it, nobody can!

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

That’s actually funny because my next article was genuinely going to be the baffling XI from 2010-2019, now I know there’s demand for it I’ll make it happen across the coming week.

Sidebar though, Xavier Doherty is my all time favourite (we bowl an identical style, every part of my technique is modeled off him, might explain why I’m bad at cricket but oh well) so I can promise you he won’t be in there, thankfully Michael Beer exists so I can chuck him in as my spinner.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Hi Paul,

In my first draft I alluded to how much I love Roy but took it out as I didn’t want this to be too subjective and that would somewhat taint my neutrality. But Symonds was one of my favourites growing up and I remember distinctly his ton in the boxing day test against England. His book, if you haven’t checked it out is a great read and it’s not as lengthy as guys like Ponting so it’s a great compact choice. If you gave me the choice between Symonds or Mitch Marsh, it’s the former in a heartbeat, although our weird obsession with pace all rounders might hurt him if he played today.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment Maxine,

DiVenuto was always a fine top order batsman and was one of the names on my shortlist, I remember him being a very handy first class cricketer. Arnberger was one I’d forgotten about entirely but he was always quite a way back in the pecking order. Buck Rogers is also a good name to mention in this conversation and it was down to him or Katich for the second openers spot.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era

Glad to hear you enjoyed it and at the end of the day a lot of this is personal preference, I’d be very surprised if anyone completely agreed with me, even though I’ve tried to use data as much as possible to choose my selections.

Our selections around that time were really strange, going into the bowling stocks as well Michael Beer, really? Doolan and Henriques are the two that stood out for me that didn’t belong anywhere near the test team, and if you’ll allow me to go more recently Nic Maddinson might be the captain of baffling selections that literally everyone but the selectors thought was a mistake XI. I am a West Aussie so maybe I’ve romanicised Voges a bit and he was hit or miss but he’ll always be one I would’ve liked to see more of. I do remember the whole “Voges average is as good as Bradman’s” circus, which although clearly not a claim that he was better than the Don did inflate his stock to almost being overrated.

Australia's unlucky XI from the 2000s golden era