Just to clear something up - Geoff Lemon said on The Final Word that Mitchell Johnson writes his own column, with no ghostwriter.
I assumed - incorrectly - that Bharat ghosted it simply because they do a podcast together, which was quite naive of me, really.
Stats from the Financial Review:
There's another, more recent, report which has interesting figures:
Important caveat, though...
Ah yes, two tests in that famously fast-bowling friendly venue of the UAE, followed by a series loss to India, in which he still took 13 wickets at 34.5. Not great, but still better than his career average vs India, the team which he struggles against the most.
And if we're cherry-picking...
Not entirely true, according to this article from about an hour ago:
Mitchell Starc pre-Sandpaper: 182 wickets at 28.17, ER of 3.42, SR of 49.3
Mitchell Starc post-Sandpaper: 151 wickets at 26.92, ER of 3.36, SR of 48.0
His performances have improved slightly, but I don't think that's significant enough to make any point at all.
In the 2 years and four months since George Bailey was appointed as chairman of selectors, Australia has won the T20 World Cup, the World Test Championship and the Cricket World Cup.
His job is pretty secure, I'd say.
The CEO of the ICC played cricket for Victoria and has been in cricket administration for his most of his adult life.
As much as this sucks for us, his job is to extract the most money for the ICC, and that's what this deal (apparently) does. It's not the ICC's job to promote cricket in...
Her comments were a total nothingburger: "I think my husband is still good enough to play for Australia." Well, woop de doo.
As for Johnson's column, I just re-read it. He could have left out that whole paragraph and still made the same point.
I don't disagree. Just thinking of reasons why the selectors haven't made the call yet, as I don't believe the conspiracy theories.
I can see the selectors just going for the devil they know, tbh. Because none of the next lot are banging the door down, really. Bancroft's two hundreds from nine...
Test average of 26 has more to do with it, wouldn't it?
He's repeatedly been chosen in A teams and PM's XI, and if the captain didn't want him near the test side, they simply wouldn't bother doing that.
BBL has always had club cricketers in it, even when it was at its best.
It's really not about the quality of players involved - apparently the highest rating BBL match was the 14/15 final, in which the internationals were Michael Lumb, Riki Wessels, Yasir Arafat and Michael Carberry, none of...