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After kickstarting Tassie's Shield campaign with an imperious 159 against the Melbuns and thereby leading the side to victory, and then outscoring Punter twice in a row by a significant margin in a Shield match Tasmania lost because of Punter in the side, I must seriously wonder why our favourite chubster is still ignored in the selection of a squad that even features Pup's pup.
Perhaps the first sunbeams after an extraordinarily long Australian winter have scorched important parts of Hildy's thinking apparatus. In fact this is the only explanation I can come up with. However, Hilditch's ignorance only strengthens me in my faith because the rule of thumb is if you don't get selected you are too good for it.
More proof required? There are two other players who would definitely have deserved the honourable mention as well:
Little red riding hood aka Aaron O'Brien, the gem from SA, who I would rate South Australia's most valuable player at the moment, and of course Steve "SlaSoK" O'Keefe, the current Formula 1 car among my personal bandwagons. If they pick Doherty for his left-arm spin they might as well put O'Keefe in the squad. I think the fate which the selectors have thought up for him is to play in the A-side until his retirement. But I have calmed down now from the mental rage that nearly choked me last night. Hopefully Steve will do well in the A-side this week, it's a very stiff task.
(no Cosgrove here either mind you) George Bailey (c), Ed Cowan, Peter Forrest, Peter George, Moises Henriques, Ben Hilfenhaus, Usman Khawaja, Michael Klinger, Andrew McDonald (vc), Stephen O’Keefe, James Pattinson, Clint McKay, Matthew Wade
In the context of the match between Australia A and the England XI I would last but not least like to recommend a great read I stumbled upon last night, The Reverse Sweep has taken a very illuminating look at the pitch of Bellerive Oval in Hobart and enriches his insights with a bit of trivia, get informed!