is this what the future holds for international cricket? 30-year-old Australian
players who could never get a game for their own country moving to bottom-of-the-table teams just to
get internationals? Will we soon see David Hussey anchoring the middle order for Bangladesh, or Matthew Inness opening the bowling for Zimbabwe?
My favourite bit from the interview -- with Brendan Nash, the ex-Queensland batsman now trying to get into the West Indies team -- was his answer to this question:
What are the major differences between Australian and West Indian cricket?
The on-field stuff like the lack of facilities to train or play on. The culture is also a lot more laid-back...
Yeah, you know, that "on-field stuff"... as in, actually having a field on which to play.Yeah, that one might be the biggie. In Australia, they have that. In the West Indies, they don't. Gee, I wonder which of the team has been doing better recently?
And does this mean we are headed for a world where Australia play Australia A and Australia B to see who's best in the world? Ugh. Should I just go back to sleep for a half-decade or so?
(But hey, if it makes the West Indies relevant again, bring on the Aussies, I say! Isn't Shane Warne available again? Shit, where's Allen Stanford and his money when you need them?)