For a bit of fun I thought it would be a good idea to revisit an article in relation to my pick of players who didn’t play for Australia in the Test series they lost to Australia. India.
Here’s a look at how these players performed a year later.
1. Usman Khawaja (Queensland)
2. Matt Renshaw (Queensland)
3. Ben McDermott (Tasmania)
4. Moises Henriques (Captain, New South Wales)
5. Peter Handscomb (Victoria)
6. Jimmy Peirson (Wicket Keeper, Queensland)
7. Sean Abbott (New South Wales)
8. Michael Neser (Queensland)
9. Jackson Bird (Tasmania)
10. Scott Boland (Victoria)
11. Mitchell Swepson (Queensland)
1. Usman Khawaja (left-handed drummer)
Khawaja may be 35, but he still managed to make a century in both rounds of the recently played fourth Test of the Ashes series.
Granted, he did it at bat at number five, but he still showed he deserved to be in Australia’s 11 on a regular basis.
He has averaged 65.71 points per game over eight innings in the Sheffield Shield competition this season.
2. Matt Renshaw (left hand batsman, right arm off break)
Renshaw has been reasonably good for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield this season averaging 39.50 and a high score of 120 unrun points.
He still deserves a chance to prove himself as he is only 25 years old and he has played 11 Test matches with an average of 33.47.
He should have the opportunity to hit at the top of the order as that might suit him more than hitting in the middle order.
He proved that by scoring 50 points for the Adelaide Strikers in BBL11, due to an injury to Adelaide Strikers regular fly-half Matt Short.
3. Ben McDermott (right-handed drummer)
McDermott has been impressive for Tasmania this season averaging 38.00 over seven innings.
He has clearly shown he deserves to be in the conversation to make Team Australia this season.
He even showed he could play as a wicketkeeper, as he impressed in BBL11 behind the stumps, as a wicketkeeper, even with Matthew Wade in the team.
McDermott was a revelation with the bat in BBL11 as he has been two centuries. Hopefully this form translates to the longer form of the game.
4. Moises Henriques (right-handed batsman, medium fast right arm)
Henriques hasn’t played much of the game’s longest form this season averaging just 6.50 over two sets.
He’s been consistent in BBL11, but he hasn’t done enough to warrant selection to the current Test squad based on his Sheffield Shield form.
He can still prove himself and return to the Test squad, but age is against him as he turns 35 in February.
5. Peter Handscomb (right-handed drummer)
Handscomb has been in fine form at Sheffield Shield level averaging 47.66 in six sets and a top score of 115 runs.
He has already played 16 Test matches for Australia with a respectable batting average of 38.91 runs. Along with that, he took 28 takes.
He should be in the conversation when it comes to selection in the Australian Test squad.
6. Jimmy Peirson (right-handed batsman/wicketkeeper)
Peirson has been in great shape with the bat as he averages 47.66 runs per inning over seven innings, with a high of 132 runs, which is pretty impressive.
As a wicketkeeper, he has 14 catches and one stumping in five Sheffield Shield appearances.
His batting average in the current Sheffield Shield season justifies that he would be a valuable asset with the bat if selected in the Australian Test squad.
7. Michael Neser (right-handed batsman, medium-fast right arm)
Neser participated in the second test from the ashes and took one wicket in each innings and made 35 runs when striking in the first innings.
He was waived after that Test match, but he wouldn’t have looked out of place in the Ashes’ last three Test matches.
8. Sean Abbott (right-handed batsman, medium-fast right arm)
Abbott won 11 wickets in two Sheffield Shield games averaging 20.72 carries per wicket.
He also showed he can be handy with the bat in BBL11.
There is no doubt that Abbott should be highly considered to play for Australia at Test level as he is so talented.
9. Jackson Bird (right-handed batsman, medium-fast right arm)
Bird is 35 years old. Time flies ! His best is probably behind him as he hasn’t played in the Sheffield Shield this season due to an Achilles tendon injury.
Despite this, he was the leading wicket-taker in the previous five Sheffield Shield seasons, having won 150 wickets.
He played nine Test matches for Australia and took 34 wickets, so Australia could do a lot worse than have Bird in the Test squad if she was fully fit and available for selection.
10. Scott Boland (right-handed batsman, medium fast right arm)
Boland has taken 15 wickets in two Sheffield Shield games with an incredible average of 10.80 carries per wicket this season.
There’s no doubt that he should be in the Australia squad when he’s fit and available, which he proved in the third test.
He took an incredible six wickets, conceding just seven runs in England’s second innings, ensuring the Australians kept the Ashes. Shane Warne said, “Where did he go?”
11. Mitchell Swepson (right-handed batsman, broken right leg)
Swepson was unavailable to play at Sheffield level due to injury, but was still selected in the Ashes’ 15-man squad.
He has represented Australia seven times at T20 level but should get the opportunity at Test level as he just needs his chance.
He offers variety on offense, as he is a straight leg spinner.