“The thing about Australian cricket is that they always blood their new players young!” “If this English cricketer was an Australian, he’d already be in the side.” These are the kind of statements that we on this side of the globe have had to listen to for decades.
“The Australians put people in young. If they falter they go back into the pond and if they learn they come back stronger, much stronger.”
That has always been the story, perhaps even the reality. So the really interesting thing about recent Australian selections is that the contenders for example for the spin spot are their ages as well as their meagre exposure to State cricket.
Doherty: aged 28 played 37 first class matches and taken 87 wickets. O’Keefe (Third Man’s tip for Perth before the start at Brisbane) aged 26 played 10 first class matches and taken 37 wickets and now Beer aged 26 and a half played 5 first class matches and taken 16 wickets.
Australia is bringing in raw recruits but young they are not. 28 and 26 isn’t young – in India if you hadn’t made it by then, would you ever?
And where are today’s 21 year olds? What is stopping them getting into state sides. Are they not good enough or blocked? And by what?
If England has too many professional cricketers, do Australia have too few?
Answers by Thursday morning, please.