Posted: 28 October, 2016
by Cricket Newsroom
Rod Marsh Drops Bizarre Comments On Australia's Test Squad
This raised a few eyebrows.
Australia's 12-man squad was announced for the first Test against South Africa today.
And a few comments from chief selector Rod Marsh when announcing it raised a few eyebrows.
The selectors opted for South Australian pace bowler Joe Mennie over Jackson Bird.
But it wasn't due to either player's bowling, apparently.
"I talked to Jackson (Bird) again this morning and I said the thing that probably cost him a place was his batting," Marsh said at a press conference today.
"As you're probably well aware, we've got to get runs at the bottom of the order as well, particularly against a very good attack."
Marsh then refuted claims bowlers won't be picked if they can't bat.
"No, I didn't say that," he said.
"I didn't say that Jackson Bird's a better bowler than Joe Mennie, all I said is that Jackson needs to improve his batting, that's what I said to him this morning.
"Everyone needs to improve their batting, don't worry about that, because if we're going to beat good sides we have to get a lot of runs."
It received a bit of attention.
Not that Glenn McGrath didn't average 7.36 at Test level or anything.