Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today termed the Australian cricket selection at it's "lowest ever" after his Australian counterpart and arch-rival of yesteryears Steve Waugh posted a playing XI for the Kangaroos on Instagram for the New Year's Test.
The hosts are trailing after India beat them in Melbourne by a huge margin of 137 runs. The Australian batting has received a lot of flak since then as the gaping holes left by the banned duo of Steve Smith and David Warner are looking more and more prominent.
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After the embarrassing loss, Waugh and Ricky Ponting had argued for dropping out-of-form opener Aaron Finch for the final Test in Sydney with the former also sharing his wish-team on the photo-sharing app.
Ganguly tagged an indiatvnews.com report about Waugh's post in a tweet saying: "Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever .. greats have to put teams in their Instagram posts to give direction ....".
Australian cricket selection at its lowest ever .. greats have to put teams in their Instagram posts to give direction .... pic.twitter.com/yMnmXHdIfO— Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) December 31, 2018
With a confident India looking highly likely to win their first-ever Test series at the SCG on Australian soil, Ganguly used the occasion to term the host nation's selection policy at it's lowest ebb, so much so, that former captains (Waugh and Ponting) are having to post the team combination on social media.
Waugh feels Travis Head, Australia's leading run-scorer in the series against India, should bat at No.4 ahead of captain Tim Paine, Labuschagne, and Mitchell Marsh.
Waugh's successor, Ponting too feels that Finch should be dropped and Labuschagne needs to be included in the playing eleven.
Finch has had a dismal series so far, averaging just 16 while opening the batting with 50 of his runs coming in the first innings of the second Test in Perth.