In between the disappointment of the New Year’s Test, Cricket Australia has released the Australian ODI squad for the upcoming home series against India.
We have graded the selection of each player in the squad. Did we get it right?
Steve Smith (c): A+
The Australian captain and perhaps the world’s best batsman. No more needs to be said.
David Warner (vc): A+
Australia’s second-best batsman. Was never going to get left out.
George Bailey: A+
One of Australia’s best one-day batsmen and a great leader. Impossible not to include.
Scott Boland: C-
The first iffy one on the list. Hardly a bad bowler, but the quality of the names that missed out is just too great to justify Boland’s selection.
Josh Hazlewood: A+
Perhaps Australia’s best bowler in all forms right now, excluding the injured Mitchell Starc. Impossible not to include.
James Faulkner: A+
Has saved Australia's bacon too many times in this form of the game not to include him. The best all-rounder in the country.
Aaron Finch: A+
Possibly the most under-rated batsman Australia has. Should be included across all forms.
Mitchell Marsh: C
Better one-day batsman than he is a bowler. Perhaps one too many all-rounders in the squad – if that’s even possible.
Shaun Marsh: A
The unluckiest cricketer in Australia right now, after being dropped for the third Test after scoring 182 runs. Great Test and 50 over record.
Glenn Maxwell: C+
Decent all-rounder at this level of the game, but the fact that he’s Australia’s best spinner in the squad is pretty poor on the part of the selectors.
Kane Richardson: C
His inclusion may have surprised some given his fairly poor bowling average. Again, too much quality ahead of him to justify his selection. Good to see Australia giving a young bowler some experience though.
Joel Paris: B-
The best uncapped bowler in the country right now, but I would have taken Gurinder Sandhu over either Richardson or Paris. Hopefully he gets a go to justify selection.
Overall grade: B+
Nailed the batting selections, but seemed to lose the plot everywhere else. Three all-rounders, no specialist spinner and some notable bowling omissions headline a few head-scratchers for the selectors. As always, time will tell whether this was a winner or not.
So did the selectors get it right? Who are the shock inclusions/omissions? Tells us in the comments section.