Sydney, Australia (BBN)-National selector Mark Waugh said some players who were named for the postponed tour of Bangladesh will be disappointed – again – when the team for next month’s opening Test against New Zealand is named.
Waugh said it ought to be taken for granted that David Warner, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Johnson, who were rested from the Bangladesh tour would be in the thick of the action against the Kiwis in Brisbane, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.
“There’s three players straight away who you would imagine would come back into the reckoning,” said Waugh.
“And [there’s] different conditions, you’re not going to have two spinners at the Gabba.
“So, there are some guys who were picked on that tour who are going to be shuffled down the order a little bit, but you can’t do anything about it.
“At least their names are there … they got picked on an Australian tour so they can take comfort from the fact that they’re definitely in the reckoning.
“The real thing is it’s going to be a different eleven for the first Test in Brisbane to what would have been picked in Bangladesh.”
Waugh, who was at the Matador Cup match played at Bankstown Oval on Monday, repeated the declaration Cricket Australia’s chairman of selectors Rod Marsh made over the weekend that it’s “open season” for Test selection as two players who were expected to make their debuts in Bangladesh excelled in the domestic one day competition.
Tasmanian bowler Andrew Fekete took 4-30 against Queensland at North Sydney Oval while West Australian opener Cameron Bancroft scored 176 against South Australia at Hurstville.
With three weeks to go before the Gabba Test Waugh insisted all player’s efforts in the 50 over game were being monitored.
“It’s a different format, but you’ve seen players picked from one-day cricket for Test squads before so it does carry over,” he said.
“It’s a different game obviously, you’ve got to bat for long periods in Test cricket, one-day cricket the most you can bat is 50 overs, but I think just the form, you can see if guys are batting and bowling well.
“If you’re not doing well it can count against you more so. You want to see all your players performing well . . . I’m not saying you can pick a guy from 50-over cricket, but if you’re making runs and taking wickets it doesn’t do your chances any harm.”
When asked whether the national selectors would adopt a “horses for courses” approach to picking the Test team this summer Waugh said he and his peers had only one priority whenever they pick a team.
“To my eye you need to pick the team to win the game you’re playing in,” he said.
“Factors like the pitch conditions, the opposition, and the form of the players, you mix it all in. I wouldn’t say one thing is more important than the others.
“Horses for courses in Australia? Well you know the conditions in each city, and there will be one or two selections based on the conditions that prevail in that pitch and that city.”