Australia’s Ashes squad has been selected. Seems fair to say most commenters are underwhelmed. Uncle J Rod thinks seven batsmen should have been included and no spinners (thank you very much, Nathan Hauritz); Cricinfo’s Christian Ryan thinks Andrew “Um” Hilditch is crazy; Amy S. can’t stop making fun of Andrew McDonald (though she’s satisfied overall); Good Cricket Wicket notes the lack of English experience among the team, and Mike Selvey of The Guardian offers this cryptic note:
Ponting’s team looks to be a good one but it carries no aura. Be honest about it for a second: cut away the hype and there is little physical or technical beyond the normal with which England, on their game, should not be able to cope. Which leaves the mind games. Steve Waugh’s “mental disintegration” was part of his process, if not to everyone’s taste, but there were exceptional players to back it up. This team will be feisty – that is their nature – but they will have to tread more warily.
I don’t know what makes a cricket team a good one, so I’ll simply end this post after two questions: who the hell is Marcus North? And do people really think Andrew Symonds is done in Test cricket?