THE biggest error in Australia’s disastrous Test series defeat to Pakistan didn’t happen on the cricket pitch. It came at the selection table.
By leaving young opener Matt Renshaw out of the first Test – over a lack of gametime – the Australian selectors crushed the hopes of the top six.
It led to Australia's batting order ending the series in "absolute disarray" according to Cricket Unfiltered host Andrew Menczel in post-series wrap podcast.
Australia’s Shaun Marsh did not have a successful time in the middle against Pakistan. Picture: APSource:DailyTelegraph
By omitting Renshaw, Australia moved everyone in the batting order up a slot – with Usman Khawaja thrust into opener, where he excelled, while the Marsh brothers Shaun (No.3) and Mitchell (No.4) both struggled with their promotions.
"Our batting order is in absolute disarray – players batting out of position," said Menczel.
"(After the series) Langer kept saying the team needed big performances in first class cricket to get into the side, yet Matt Renshaw did those big first class performances (in the English County season) and was left out of the first Test.
Matt Renshaw sat out both Tests and was forced to look on from the sideline. Picture: GettySource:DailyTelegraph
"To me that completely stuffed up the batting order because you had the two Marsh brothers batting way too high, I would've much preferred (Aaron) Finch, Renshaw and then Khawaja at 3.
"Then you have Shaun and Mitch Marsh at least not at 3 and 4 – four and five is slightly more palatable.I thought that was a big stuff up, and coming into this summer – who knows who is going to play for Australia in the top six?"
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Listen to the whole interview below.
1.43 Pakistan vs Australia Test Series Wrap
positives & negatives for the Aussies
24.11 Cricket Headlines
39.06 Pakistan vs Australia T20 Series Preview & ‘Can’t Let it Go Segment’
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Originally published as Selection blunder Aussies can’t afford to make again
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