Roar – With his latest omission from the Test squad to tour South Africa, Chadd Sayers looks set to join the list of players to have dominated the Sheffield Shield without receiving their baggy green dues.

Summary

  • With his latest omission from the Test squad to tour South Africa, Chadd Sayers looks set to join the list of players to have dominated the Sheffield Shield without receiving their baggy green dues.
  • Those figures should have assured him of a place on the plane to South Africa although, as Sayers himself admitted yesterday, the likelihood of him playing was pretty low.
  • Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are as good a pace trio as you’ll find in the Test arena at the moment (although those credentials will be sorely tested by their South African counterparts in March and April) and there can be few complaints about Jackson Bird’s current standing as the next-best Australian quick.
  • Bird is, after all, the leading Sheffield Shield wicket-taker this season, and it would be an unfairly harsh critic who demotes him based on one wicketless performance on an MCG pitch so lifeless it now stands as the worst to have Test cricket played on it in Australia.
  • Sayers will no doubt come into the South Australian Shield side when the competition resumes and take a stack of wickets, in the process confirming he’s probably a bit too good for the first-class batsmen he’s so regularly pitted against, only to probably be overlooked when the next Test tour comes around.


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