Yeah, Jimmy Maher in particular wasn't really good enough at FC level - was better in OD's from memory.I think David Hussey and Jimmy Maher would of lasted about as long as Michael Bevan did if they got a chance at test level.
Yep, he also had trouble against the short ball.Vinod Kambli. In his first seven Test he made four centuries, two of them doubles. Averaged 54.20 after 17 Tests which is still the highest Test batting average for an Indian. Reported to have had some discipline issues and played his last Test aged 23. Made nearly 10,000 first class runs with an average of 59.67.
Jamie Siddons. Ludicrous that he never got a single test.Was going to say: blokes like Jimmy Maher, Martin Love, Brad Hodge, David Hussey, Jamie Cox.....
Even guys who did play a fair bit like Kaspowicz, Bichel, Macgill, North, White, etc probably would have had continuous decade-long tenures in other eras.
Maher was a bit of a warrior, but I think he would have struggled in test cricket. Similar bat to Hayden in that he was a bit of a bludgeoner with not much footwork or finesse, but he wasn't near as good as Hayden.Yeah, Jimmy Maher in particular wasn't really good enough at FC level - was better in OD's from memory.
Didn't Dave Hussey have issues against the short ball?
Example. 06/07 and 07/08 he averages over 50 both shield seasons (900 runs in 06/07, 1000 in 07/08) but no real spots to grab. Martyn retired in 06/07 but Clarke was always the next in line, and obviously Ponting and M Hussey have 3 and 4 sewn up. We were pretty dead set on an all rounder through this period after Flintoff in 05 so that was Symonds at 6 with Watson playing a few tests himself.IIRC Hussey had a couple of dry(ish) patches in his career which seemed to coincide with spots becoming available, whilst when he was in red hot form, there weren't any middle order positions up for grabs.