Doug the Rug, Mugged

I bet Doug Bollinger was well impressed to find out he’s carrying the can for Australia’s bowling disaster in Adelaide. The last two weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster for him. First he wasn’t good enough, then he was good enough and now he’s not good enough again.

I know that Xavier Doherty has gone as well, but he was really more of an experiment that didn’t work out. Obviously a lot more was expected from Doug.

I kind of got the feeling that things didn’t look great for Bollinger when I watched an interview with Ricky Ponting in the middle of the 2nd test, during it he thanked him for creating the footmarks for Graeme Swann to bowl into ahead of their 2nd innings, it wasn’t exactly high praise for Doug.

We also have Mitchell Johnson and Ben Hilfenhaus back in the reckoning after been sent to the naughty corner in Adelaide, they look likely to make up a four man pace attack with Australia’s selectors desperately looking for the formula to take 20 wickets.

This is the kind of selection madness we used to get from the English during our heydays of the 1990’s. In one minute, then out the next, with another recall a couple of games later.

With the enforced change of Simon Katich, I thought the Aussie’s might not want to make too many changes of choice, but obviously I’m wrong. With 3 tests left they are not being cautious and leaving it to the last minute to play their final hand.

They would appear to be well and truely going for it by leaving out Marcus North and not replacing him with a specialist batsman. I suppose one thing they can’t be accused of doing, is not acting quickly enough.

The biggest surprise of all (or snub of all depending on whether or not your name is Nathan Hauritz) is the selection of Garry ‘Gary’ Beers from INXS. Where did this one come from? Never mind Warne, Australia have really gone for a legendary superstar with this selection.

What has Nathan Hauritz done thats so bad?