Nathan who?

December 21, 2021

There was a time when having an injury after being a successful Australian cricketer meant you were given your spot back regardless of how well your replacements did. That time is now gone.

Nathan Bracken has found that out.

Bracken was Australia’s slow medium spin bowling option in one day cricket, and did the job so miserly that I ignored the alice band and praised him.

Recently he has been injured, and because of that he can no longer even find room for him in their minibus of 25 contracted players.

Others are gone too.

Former potential PM David Hussey, is out of favour due to the fact he has never really performed his magical deeds at international level.

Graham Manou who was given a test cap that he should cherish because he will never wear it again.

Stuart Clark is retired, it just seems no one has the heart to tell him.

And perennial cricket with balls’ favourite egotist, Brad Hodge.

Into the squad is the players who have been flaying around struggling nations for months.

Rhino Harris, Timmy Paine, Adam Voges and Clint McKay.

The only player who really never did anything but still got a contract was Steve Smith, but surely that was just to make N Hauritz and M North nervous.

All in all it was a fairly standard list.

Bracken and Clark were always going to struggle to keep their heads above water with Harris, Bollinger and McKay all taking wickets at time.

Manou was pretty much excluded once Paine made an International hundred.

Brad Hodge is no longer wanted as back up, and his first class retirement meant he could be excluded with ease.

And Hussey will still play T20 for Australia, but his career opportunities look limited otherwise.

Adam Voges is an interesting one, he has been around the fringes for so long without ever really doing much, and he still is. He must be a hell of a bloke, everyone wants him around their team, if not in it.

Andrew McDonald is still there, even he must be confused as to why that is. If he wasn’t going to be taken to New Zealand or England, surely that is it.

And Shaun Marsh has been re-contracted, do you remember him? He got his contract as part of the deal to keep Mitchell Marsh from playing Aussie Rules.

You’d think that Nathan Bracken might have more chance of playing than these three, but, remember this, Australian contracts mean little more than lump sums and better health benefits.

Well, that and more chance you’ll be in the next Cricket Australia calendar.