After suffering humiliating losses in the first two games of the current Border Gavaskar Trophy (BGT), Australia bounced back to win the third Test at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar criticised the selection despite Australia staging an incredible comeback in the last Test of the series.
Australia has been hampered by injuries to start the series, with Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Cameron Green missing the first two games. Hazlewood was forced to leave the series due to an Achilles injury, but Starc and Green were granted the chance to play in the third game. Matthew Kuhnemann, who wasn’t originally chosen for the team, took Mitchell Swepson’s spot.
There were just 13 players available to the squad management, including Sunil Gavaskar.
Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar asserted that the team management only had 13 players to pick from for the first game of the series and questioned the reasons for the selection of three players who were ineligible for the first two Test matches.
Instead of the ex-Australian players who are criticising their players on social media, the Australian selectors need to be the real targets. How, knowing that they wouldn’t be available for the first two Test matches, did they select Hazlewood, Starc, and Cameron Green? In other words, throughout the first half of the series, the team management only had 13 players to pick from.
Then, despite having a player that meets the criteria already on the team, they add a newcomer (Matthew Kuhnemann). If they didn’t think he was a good enough player for the squad, then why did they chose him in the first place? In other words, the squad’s management choose 11 players from a potential 12. Ridiculous. Gavaskar said in his Sportstar blog that the selectors should resign even if Australia makes a stunning comeback and wins the next two Tests to draw the series.
Nonetheless, Australia won the third Test to uphold their BGT series hopes and qualify for the World Test Championship (WTC) final, which will be played at the Oval, for the BGT series.