Melbourne, Apr 3 (ANI): The Australian media has said that the annual hand-out of Cricket Australia's contracts for the 2013-14 season has done nothing to dispel the confusion about Australia's best Test team.
Stating that with the upcoming back-to-back Ashes series and a dismal show in India inspiring more than the usual level of interest in the contracts, the Age said that the most striking thing about the contracts for 2013-14 is the number of players in the list.
Questioning the choices of the selectors after the recent performances of the team and the cultural ills exposed in India, the report said that there is confusion whether or not the 20 selected players really deserve national deals.
Stating that it was strange that potential Ashes choices like Usman Khawaja, Jackson Bird and Steve Smith were conspicuously absent from the list, even though their team-mate James Faulkner made it, the report said that Glenn Maxwell may have made the list before his time and is in the danger of becoming a player who is paid too much too early.
According to the report, the decision to award 20 contracts for the coming season appears to deviate from those principles, and conveys a disturbing void at the top of Australian cricket, where there is only Michael Clarke.
The report further said that even though the team is blessed with a strong platoon of pacemen, it will struggle to fix its batting woes in time for the Ashes.
However, the report commended the addition of new face James Faulkner in the list, saying that he has excelled with bat and ball and played limited overs in domestic games for Australia and added that his left-arm fast mediums should be well-suited to English conditions. (ANI)