I am hesitant to say that Australia’s poor performances this summer are all down to bad team selection, but it is something worth looking into.
In the first Test: Australia took two wickets using spin.
In the second: Zero.
In the third: One.
In the fourth: Four.
In other words, Agar took two total wickets in his two full Tests, while Lyon has taken five in just one Test and change.
It’s a small sample size, admittedly, and Agar is such a great story that I hate to rag on him, but maybe selecting him was just simply poor strategy, and might have cost Australia the Ashes – or at the very least cost us neutrals a competitive series.
What this might also mean is that this winter’s Ashes Part 2 might actually be a closer contest than most of us think. Australia, at home, with a proper strategy and a proper team selection might end up giving England a run for their money. We shall see.
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