View Full Version : Selection blues: Then vs now

October 28, 2009, 01:48 PM
Jackson (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/player/6000.html) or Bradman (http://www.cricinfo.com/australia/content/player/4188.html) - who to pick first? It is a tantalising choice, yet also a puzzle, and it happened not in make-believe but in October and November of 1928.
Four times in four weeks, again and again and again, the two shiniest talents in all of New South Wales, one from the grime-streaked dockside suburbs, the other from the tulip-growing highlands, batted off for supremacy. The prize was a place in the Test side to meet Percy Chapman's Englishmen. First they had to negotiate an official trial outing, for The Rest against an Australian XI, where it was Archie Jackson who outdid Donald Bradman, but narrowly, inconclusively. They were sent back to the state team, for two more matches, and it was Bradman was the power. Jackson cracked two fifties, Bradman three hundreds, enough almost for the selectors to say that was that.

Gimme more (http://www.cricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/430221.html)

I found this article interesting for several reasons. For one, I wasn't aware of the grueling process that cricketers had to go through to get a spot on the Test team 80 years ago. Then, the author makes a valid point about selectors being ill equipped in picking the best XI these days.

I had read somewhere that selectors in Bangladesh were obliged to watch all NCL games from the stands. Not sure how far that plan has gone.

But really, this article has an eerie aura around it - what if Jackson went on to average 120 at the end of a sixty-something game career?

November 6, 2009, 02:26 PM
Aii Hai Hai... no repsonse? :o

magic boy
November 6, 2009, 02:33 PM
*response no 2!* :p

good analysis btw :)gotta check the whole article....

November 6, 2009, 02:35 PM
*response no 2!* :p

good analysis btw :)gotta check the whole article....
What analysis?

November 7, 2009, 01:09 AM
Nice find Asif bhai. Thanks a lot for bringing it up. The level of passion has dropped. Cricket is now a days more business then test of ability and character.

Interesting to know the fact about Bradman's edge went down. That was the crucial turning point for changing history. It happens. Even in our personal life we face this type of incident. Small matters at present but huge impact in the future.

I really felt for Lisle Nagel, tragic.