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Cricket news - Selecting Australian teams is a lot harder now, players are picked based on not a lot of evidence: Jamie Cox
"My first tour away with the Australian team at the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies. I was in the last four games of the tournament and you could never wish for a simpler time. This was a team that couldn't lose if they tried it. They were just incredibly strong."
This is Jamie Cox recalls his first overseas visit as Australia's national selector ten years ago. You wonder if Trevor Hohns, or one of the present selectors in Australia, can imagine, or votes, imagine that it was, indeed, a "simpler time" in their shoes. But when he came to in a time of transition, the first of its kind, the monitors really for almost two decades, starting with the 2006-07 ashes, Cox revealed, the disclosure of some of the biggest names in the story rather seamlessly.
He does admit to have had the luxury of filling in the legend-shaped holes, the ashes and then the world Cup with a number of more "experienced" and very talented individuals, be it in the Form of Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey or Andrew Symonds. And you can feel the compassion in his voice, when Cox, who was part of the panel for almost five years, talks about how different and difficult the scenario is in the presence of "difficult environment" of the Australian cricket team yet again, in a certain phase of the transition.
"The selectors are picking teams based on not a lot of evidence. This is really hard. You have your instincts to trust, you think will become the international cricket player and hopefully and almost kind of cross your fingers and say: "good luck boys. We are going back to you until you notify us that you are not saved". We could pick on the back of some strong, consistent performances over a period of time Services at the moment is not, perhaps, that a consistent and they are not so persistent at this stage. There are cut-outs and the selection in these times is hard," Cox tells Cricbuzz.
The former Tasmanian and Somerset opener, who has 18614 runs in his illustrious first-class career, without the nod for the national team, also do not buy into the argument that there is no batting talent left in the country. He just feels you have, you will be difficult to identify and the selectors are made to trust factors than hard numbers.
"If the choice is to trust the numbers, pretty simple. If there are not selections that are confusing for the honest players, the erratic punter, then they are the ones that you need to be careful. Australian selection should be pretty predictable. It should be left not to the center, under normal circumstances," he explains.
Then go immediately to the most left-field part to move on the selectors, " in recent times, the most recent recording of Kurtis Patterson, despite the New South Wales left-handers not been selected in the first team squad to face Sri Lanka. He but force his way by scoring a century in each innings against the guests in Hobart. While the decision came, the considerable flak from many quarters, Cox, the logic of it. He goes, praise the invocation as it is in line with what coach Justin Langer has already asked, he took his young players from the day.
"You fool, hundreds of and then we can pick you up. What you have done is ok, he scored two hundreds, so he made three deep, but we are true to our word here. What you have done is set a benchmark. Justin has said time and again, I want the people-centuries to score. So he the first time he has seen him picked up. Pucovski was as a young player with talent, but he is also limited to a large hundreds in his ways. Regardless of what has happened in the last 12 months, Patterson could be the indicator of how things will move forward. We will not accept mediocrity," says Cox.
In Australia overnight Test in Brisbane go in the day-with a batting line-up, the players who have come from different routes. In Joe Burns, one of the most productive performers at Shield level. Then there is Patterson, whose centuries against the Lankans came on the back of routine moderate yet decent numbers in the competition in recent years. The same can be said about Marcus Harris top-scored for the Aussies against India, with 79, in Sydney, and Travis head. Pucovski will be left out of the XI for the Gabba, only eight first-class matches, took an impression to make on the Scorn of the Committee while in Marnus Labuschagne, the selectors have a punt despite the law, only an average of around 33 curve at the national level. Cox has an explanation.
"The selection is easier when you have great players. Without evidence, it is more subjective, and that is, if your head on a plate, because you've just got to back your gut a little more. You have to back up what your intuition. I think this is what you have done, with Marnus. Selectors think he is, we think, only an average of 33, however, the child is out of the stuff. The child, the attitude and resilience let's just. It is where you are now forced to," he says.
Cox remembers some of the gut-based to require that the panel had made towards the end of their terms of office, and how some of them turned into Cabinet pieces. There are quite a few outstanding examples of the selection of Nathan Lyon for the Sri Lanka tour, backing David Warner as a Test opener, and investment in Steve Smith as more than a "leg-spinning all-rounder" and threw Pat Cummins in the deep end.
"We had no hard evidence behind picking Nathan and what he has become, which we see in advance, but we saw the beautiful natural-break bowler. Steve the same that we do not expect that he could see by an average of 65 in Tests, but he was obsessed with the eyelash. Pat Cummins has again and again from this episode and is, in my view, the best Cricket players in the country. Greg (Chappell) needs credit for seeing more than a T20 batsman in the Warner. There are also, unfortunately, Phillip Hughes, was, in spite of his unorthodox, in large positions and was an absolute glutton for batting, and was able to space BAT for a long time that you don't see a lot of in many today."
Australia have lost two ashes during Cox's time at the top, and towards the end of his stint, but he, too, came under heavy flak. And for all the "simpler times" he also remembers how he and Andrew Hilditch, the Chairman of the Committee at that time, was on the receiving end of some of the personal abuse on the part of the fans, as they went to the Sydney Cricket Ground, during the last game of the 2010-11 ashes, when England won their first series Down Under in almost 25 years.
"Selectors are always the easiest targets. England to be honest, were simply better. This was day 4 of the Sydney Test, and all four of us were very, very easy targets to walk around the floor. It was pretty intense. You win kind of knowledge, and the only way to win as a selector, cricket matches."
The present Committee has come under heavy fire not only from arm-chair experts and customers, but also to some of the cricket players that they will have time for. The likes of Ashton Agar and Matthew Wade have taken to the media to castigate the selectors and talk about how it's been little communication about why you have you worked and what you need to do. Cox knows all of the miss the bus of the national team. That was the theme for the majority of his first-class career. And, in his opinion, while it needs feedback, which should be a communication "two-way" and the player should feel comfortable about his status of a selector.
"Sixteen years as a player, I do not remember having a chat with a selector. This could be because I was never seriously considered for the selection. But, I'm sure, if I ever wanted feedback, I could have tried to figure it out. You will know the name, that they talk about regularly, and are on the public mood, where you are. I do not believe that it is not ok for stories from our players, where they understand where you are. I think we have a little bit better than in these days," he says, while adding tersely, "get the best cricket team, you don't need to apologize with anybody."
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