You probably don't need to have heard from us as get the party line at WHAB as to the horrendous inaccuracies that King Hilditch espoused. Let's summarise. The selectors don't get an A+ (+?) from us. The cavalcade of shit looks like so:
1. Waiting until the fourth test to play a younger (devilishly handsome) Glen McGrath clone.
2. Spouting nonsense that he won't play the fifth.
3. Leaving the ginger cue in the rack for five tests.
4. Not picking a reserve batsman. Does Brad Hodge lack the awesome of, say Shane Watson?
5. Picking three all-rounders for a touring party for balance. And failing to select the only one who actually provides BALANCE. Let me explain my take on the fabled all-rounder. A batting all-rounder (North, Watson) is a useless item. Batsmen who can bowl a few overs are not all-rounders. Mark Waugh is not an all-rounder. By the same logic, neither is Watson or North. Andrew McDonald is an all-rounder. A guy who can bat 7/8 and bowl as an actual weapon has value when you construct a side.
Anyway, my ginger dream will not come true at the NPOWER OVAL. This is a shame. However, the shame on Hilditch doubles, nay, triples if the line and length stylings of Stuart Clark aren't on display in the final test. He was the destroyer in the first innings and was not quite himself in the second innings. That's a success rate of 50%. Compare this to Johnson (one good innings out of 8) and Siddle (2 good innings out of 8) and you ask yourself, what justification can there be to leave out Clark in the fifth test?
In short, Hilditch has given himself a massive pat on the back for tying up the series 1-1 against one of the most mediocre England sides that I can recall. Is this side better than the 2001 team listed below?