15 November 2010

Cosgrove not in preliminary Ashes squad

First-class average: 43.84  (c) Getty Images
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.

The A-squad:
(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!



Dean @ Cricket Betting Blog said...

Hi Wes,

No Cosgrove and no Phil Hughes, just goes to show how well Katich and Watson have done.

That must be the only position not backed up in the squad.

Wes ~PFCNFS~ said...

Hey Dean you little bean, I think it also shows that Cossy is too huggable, so to speak, and Hughes is too out-of-form :P
But yes your thought is probably right!

Sidthegnomenator said...

Is he too huggable or too fat? Well, Steve Smith is there; Twatto and Punter can look a bt chubby at times ... so, you're right. Too huggable it is.

I'm also confused about the leaving out of Hughes, especially since Kat's finger has been dodgy. Maybe they'll open with Johnson if the finger gives trouble again? Oh god help us, this is going to be a depressing series.

Wes ~PFCNFS~ said...

Hey Siddy
Well Hughes is out of form but I reckon Khawaja could jump in (??)
Yes you understand the concept of huggability well although yes, one needs monkey arms to reach around I guess LOL

Eye Jay said...

Fools for not picking him.

Not as foolish as Glamorgan who didn't seem to rate his 2,000 plus runs last season.