Prominent Australian Test cricketers feel that now that the exit of Rod Marsh as chairman of selectors has opened a window of opportunity for the resurrection of Australian cricket; feel that bowler Chadd Sayers is the man needed to reverse the poor fortunes of the Aussie cricketers in what has been dubbed the “summer of surrender.”
The hopes are running high that players formerly snubbed by the selectors, including Sayers, wicket-keeper Matt Wade and left-arm spin bowler Steve O’Keefe could find a place on the squad in time to deal with the fortunes that included a 3 – 0 drubbing by the South African Proteas.
Sayers, in particular, has the most Sheffield Shield wickets in a full season since 2012 – 2013, with 145 at 23, well beyond Joe Mennie and Jackson Bird or Doug Bollinger.
He has long been recognised as a game breaker who lulls opposing batsmen with his ability to swing the ball both ways and supply heat in the form of 130km/ deliveries.
The next Test will get underway in Adelaide and move to Brisbane with day-night conditions that should work favourably in Sayers’ regard.
Sayers has elicited comparisons to a player from a previous generation, Terry Alderman.