Sporting News – National selector, Mark Waugh, believes choosing an all-rounder gives your side “great balance” but acknowledges Australia is lacking a genuine contender.
- National selector, Mark Waugh, believes choosing an all-rounder gives your side “great balance” but acknowledges Australia is lacking a genuine contender.
- MORE: Australia’s Ashes side ‘definitely’ not picked: Mark Waugh | Bancroft puts Renshaw on notice with influential century, Marsh’s odds grow longerWest Aussies Hilton Cartwright and Mitch Marsh, and Victoria’s Glenn Maxwell, have all recently been used at number six but are yet to show that they’re genuine game-changers – with both bat and ball.
- Maxi managed just four runs against Tasmania, Cartwright scored 35 against South Australia, while in the same match the WA skipper, Mitch Marsh, clouted a quick-fire 95.
- “In an ideal world you’d want an all-rounder at six who bats and bowls, who can score a hundred and take five wickets, like Ben Stokes,” said Waugh.
- Waugh, who will be part of Triple M Rocks the Ashes coverage, says the all-rounder’s role is vital over a long summer, especially on flat pitches, as they provide invaluable support to specialist bowlers.