Aussie ODI selection issue no laughing matter

The Australians leave the field after suffering their second most heaviest defeat. Photo: AAP Images.
The Australians leave the field after suffering their second most heaviest defeat. Photo: AAP Images.

THANK goodness Australia's cricketers aren't as bad as New Zealand's sports journalists, who decided the home team's 159-run win over the Aussies in Auckland in the first ODI on Wednesday was the perfect time to roll out their best jokes.

Stuff.co's Mark Geenty opened his column with this effort: "Heard the one about the 11 men in yellow outfits arrested at Eden Park? They were charged with impersonating the Australian cricket team".

Geenty should be charged with impersonating a comedian after that effort.

What is a joke is the fact Usman Khawaja keeps being left out of Australian teams when he is arguably the most in-form batsman on the planet.

Perhaps the disaster at Eden Park might have been the wake up call the Australian selectors needed to bring the left-hander into the team for tomorrow's second game in Wellington.

Shaun Marsh looms as the player most likely to miss out after making just five in the opening game.

All-rounder James Faulkner has returned to Australia after injuring his hamstring in Auckland, his place in the squad taken by Victorian Marcus Stoinis.

The good news for Australia is coach Darren Lehmann will reunite with the team after recovering from a bout of deep vein thrombosis.

And here's a joke for Mr Geenty that's actually funny:

"What does a New Zealand batsman have in common with Michael Jackson?

"They both wore gloves for no apparent reason."



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