Assuming what the Australian selectors will do is not simple at present.
However, in the likely event that Glenn Maxwell is omitted from the team for the next Test, the Victorian cricket squad will hold a remarkable statistic or two.
It will contain four players who are not in the current Test team who have played one Test – Maxwell, Hastings, McKay and Rogers. You also have others who have played a very small number of Tests – Quiney (2) White (4) and McDonald (4). When you throw in the fairly recently retired McGain, who also played just the one Test, you have a lot of blokes who have had a brief taste of it and not made it on their first go. Realistically the only one of the above with a more than reasonable chance of adding to his total is Maxwell, and that may take some time. Quiney would be a chance if he can re-find his touch, but I don’t fancy any of the others being selected again.
Of course Siddle and Wade have made much better fists of their chances, and we can’t take the blame or credit for Radar Rogers fumbling his fleeting chance when he was playing for WA. but it does pose the question – why ?
Does it mean that we have had the perfect recipe for winning Shields – a heap of blokes very good at that level but not good enough for the next level ? Does it say as much about the selectors as the players ? Or are there other explanations/theories ?