Less than two weeks ago Silly Point announced that the forgotten man of Australian cricket, South Australia’s Callum Ferguson had been drafted into Australia’s Test squad. (See previous post: Ferguson Not Forgotten!)
Unfortunately CJ Ferg’s induction into Test cricket couldn’t have gone much worse. Run out for three in Australia’s abysmal first innings 85 all out against South Africa, he managed to add only a single in the second innings. Since then heads have rolled on Australia’s selection panel and Ferguson’s chances of doubling his number of Test caps in the third and final Test in hometown Adelaide next week are hanging by a particularly fine thread. There might not even have been a thread but Adam Voges’ concussion injury during the current round of Australian domestic matches mean that maybe, just maybe, if the selectors don’t want to make wholesale changes, though the suggestion is that they do, Ferguson might be saved. As for Voges, his Test career is almost certainly over, at least temporarily and at the age of 37 and despite a surreal Test match batting average of 61.87 possibly eternally.
Runs for the likes of Travis Dean, Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw amongst others in the current round of Sheffield Shield matches mean that Australia should be handing out some brand new baggy greens in Adelaide.