How much more shambolic can Australian selectorial policy get? They dropped a rookie left arm spinner with a poor first class record, and replaced him with a rookie left arm spinner with a poor first class record (or even lack of a first class record)! How hard is it to swallow your pride, accept your mistakes, and pick tried and tested players, for the biggest series of the year? Either way, the selection of Beer will give lots of opportunities for some terrible puns through the next two weeks, for bloggers and commentators alike.
At least, they dropped North, and i doubt if Smith could do any worse. Bollinger isn’t fit enough to figure in this side, and it will be interesting to see, if Johnson will come back in the playing XI, and more interestingly, how will he respond?
PS: If the Beer experiment works out, I can see Fosters swooping on him for an endorsement deal!
The Squad for the third test:
Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Ricky Ponting (capt), Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, Brad Haddin (wk), Steven Smith, Mitchell Johnson, Ryan Harris, Peter Siddle, Michael Beer, Ben Hilfenhaus.