In case you missed it the Queensland Bulls defended their Ryobi Cup 50 over title today at the North Sydney Oval. This win represents the 5th trophy won by Queensland teams in domestic cricket in Australia from the last 6 available.
Unfortunately, and you don’t need to be Nostradamus to be able to declare this, Ryan Harris aside the excellent and sustained performances of those in the Queensland team are unlikely to be rewarded at the selection table by Cricket Australia.
One only needs to consider the story of Chris Hartley to know this statement to be true. Long regarded the best wicket keeper in the country and a consistent batsman he will never play for Australia it seems. He is behind players, it would seem, that are more marketable and have more flair with the bat with significantly less talent with the wicket keeping gloves.
There are other players who must, on form and consistency, also be in the frame for Australian selection from Queensland including but not limited to Chris Lynn who will not be seen in international colours because the selectors see others ahead of them regardless of form.
I am all for picking the best team available from the players and teams that are in the best form. The Queensland Bulls have been the form team of the last 3 years and yet do not seem to get a look in at the selection table OR, when they are selected, do not get a fair run in the team (P Forrest and B Cutting key examples).
Readers I will make a wager with you: Queensland will be on the top of the Sheffield Shield table by the time it is time to select the team for the first test and only Ryan Harris from Queensland will be selected in that team or any test team throughout the season. Does anyone want to take me on?