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Rodney Hogg slams ‘diabolical depth’ in Australian cricket

Former Australian cricketer Rodney Hogg has slammed the lack of depth in Australian cricket following the side’s latest Test series defeat to Pakistan.

The Aussies were hammered in the second Test in the UAE, failing to pass 200 in either innings.

It wasn’t much better first time round only with only a match-saving effort from the likes of Usman Khawaja and Tim Paine saving them from a humiliating defeat in the first Test.

Hogg says the team’s inability to play spin is a major concern.

“There is an inability for us – and it’s been going on for a fair bit of time – we don’t play spin very well,” Hogg said.

“We haven’t got any depth.

“When you look at Aaron Finch, if you play a Test match in a week’s time, Finchy’s probably the only certainty to get a game.

“If you go back 18 months, no-one was even talking about Finchy to play Test cricket, so at the moment he’s the only one that’s going to get a game.

“The depth in Australian cricket is diabolical and I’d hate to be a selector.”

The Australian Test team is already missing three of its best batsmen from its line-up on the back of the ball-tampering suspensions to the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft.

However, Hogg was also critical of the selectors’ decision to go with two debutants in the challenging UAE conditions.

“As a selector my only criticism is we’re going to the UAE – we’re going over there, we need players who can play spin,” Hogg said.

“If you ask every Shield cricketer in Australia ‘who are the best players of spin?’

“They will all go (Peter) Handscomb and (Glenn) Maxwell.

“They’re the best players of spin.

“If you want people to make a debut as a middle-order batsman, that is the last place in the world you would have someone debuting and we debuted two guys.

“I would criticise the selectors in that area, but our depth is diabolical.”

Australia play Pakistan in three T20s in the UAE beginning on October 24.


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