‘Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever’: Sourav Ganguly reacts to Steve Waugh’s predicted XI
The Aussies are expected to make a few changes in the side for the Sydney Test.
Published - Jan 1, 2019 7:00 pm | Updated - Jan 1, 2019 7:00 pm
Australia’s win in the Perth Test was a promising sign for the cricketing world which is desperately waiting for the team from Down Under to quickly regain its glorious past. Australian cricket has been going through one of its darkest phases since the ball-tampering scandal in March last year. The scandal had led to the suspension of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.
Ever since that, Australia have struggled to get going on the field. At such a time, the win in the second Test over world number one India came as a breath of fresh air. However, it is now merely looking like a flash in the pan as India thrashed them heavily in the third Test to go 2-1 up in the series and retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The defeat has also put Australia in danger of losing a Test series against India at home for the very first time.
Now former India skipper Sourav Ganguly has further added salt to Australia’s wounds by taking a swipe at the current state of their cricket. Ganguly rued the current state of the Australian cricket team and the selection process while reacting to Steve Waugh’s predicted XI for the fourth Test. Waugh had taken to Instagram to post a picture of his predicted XI.
“Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever .. greats have to put teams in their Instagram posts to give direction ….,” Ganguly tweeted with a picture of Waugh’s selected XI for the Sydney Test.
Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever .. greats have to put teams in their Instagram posts to give direction …. pic.twitter.com/yMnmXHdIfO
— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 31, 2018
Australia recall Marnus Labuschagne
The hosts, meanwhile, have recalled leg-spinning all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne for the fourth Test in Sydney, beginning on January 3. The 24-year-old was overlooked for the first three Tests against India after making his baggy green debut in Australia’s October series against Pakistan. And it looked like he would not return to the team anytime soon after his awful Sheffield Shield form and being a notable omission for the Brisbane Heat’s first two Big Bash League games. However, the Australian selectors sprung a huge surprise by including him in the squad.
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