Chadd Sayers bemused after being axed from Australia squad for South Africa Tests
Chadd Sayers, who was part of the Australian cricket team squad for the Ashes, has not been picked for the four Test series against South Africa and has expressed his disappointment with Cricket Australia selectorscricket Updated: Jan 23, 2018 13:13 IST
There have been several tales of young Australian cricketers getting a phone call from chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns informing them about their maiden call-up to the national cricket team in the past.
But perhaps for the first time, it has been the other way round when right-arm South Australia seamer Chadd Sayers rang up Hohns, seeking clarity over his exclusion for Australia’s upcoming tour of South Africa for four Tests. Unfortunately for Sayers, his call went unanswered on the day Australia announced their squad for the Test series starting March 1.
According to cricket.com.au, Sayers told 5AA, “I haven’t had a phone call to actually find out why I was left out. It would be nice to know. I found out on social media. Not being in the touring party and being dropped from the squad, I was involved in The Ashes, was also disappointing but not to have had a chance to find out why is hard to take,” said Sayers. “I have tried to call him (Hohns). Hopefully he gets back to me tonight and I can have a chat to him and can get some clarity on how Jhye Richardson, who has only played five Shield games, was picked ahead of me.”
Sayers, who was in the Australian squad for the opening Ashes 2017-18 Test but was later released, added, “I’d like to know where I stand in Cricket Australia’s eyes and where I can get in their side. It’s quite hard to take at the moment. I’m just disappointed and just want some clarity.”
One of the most consistent performers in Sheffield Shield over past few years, Sayers has not been able to find a place in the Australian Test team. “I thought South Africa would have been perfect for my bowling with the conditions over there. You watch Vernon Philander go about his business as he does, he takes a lot of wickets in South African conditions,” he said.
Sayers’ non-selection was met with criticism on Monday after Australian selectors decided to deck up their bowling attack with fast bowlers in Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, uncapped Jhye Richardson and Josh Hazlewood, with Jackson Bird being the next in the line — despite seamer Vernon Philander’s success against India in Cape Town Test.
Hohns said while announcing the squad, “Chadd is performing well, as he always does, but with Jackson Bird there he has the jump on Chadd at the moment, there’s no doubt about that. We have him, Josh Hazlewood is a well-renowned seam bowler then we have the good pace of Starc, Cummins and Jhye Richardson.”