Australia have dropped Stuart Clark for the Dougie Bollinger.
Bollinger bowled very well in India, and Stuart Clark is 34 and out of fashion.
This year Clark has been selected for 2 of a possible 5 test matches.
In one of those matches he was a key figure, in the other one he struggled in the dust.
At 34 you can get dropped without too many questions being asked.
His two Ashes tests were obviously a golden handshake, and Hilditch is now shuffling Clark towards the door.
On his way out Clark has to go past where Mike Hussey’s desk is.
I wonder if Clark thinks he has more “nip” left than Hussey has runs?
They obviously aren’t fighting for the same spot, but they are the same age, and I think Clark would happily stack his record over the last 18 months up against Hussey’s, even (as people keep reminding me) if Hussey did have a great one day series against India.
Clark wasn’t allowed to even be a back up and prove he had “nip” in India.
That could piss Clark off.
If I was he, I may be pointing to the fact that Hussey has a tendency to make ducks and leave balls that bowl him, and that might be the equivalent of losing your “nip” for a batsman.
Both men came to test cricket late, one had lost test form for 18 months, the other had a couple of months of injuries slowing him down, but is now fit.
It pays to be a batsman.